When we first started to conduct our regular online casino reviews here at onlinecasino.ie the only internet sites providing online access to casino games were the online sports gambling sites operated by the big bookmakers. It was of course the leading bookmakers who actually created what we now call the online casino sector when they decided it would be a good idea to add a few gambling games to their sports gambling sites. It was probably a bit of a gamble at the time, but it proved so successful that they began to introduce more and more casino games so that eventually the online casino gambling part of their sites became even bigger than the sports gambling section. For many years the online casino sector continued to be dominated by the leading bookmakers, but during the last few years casino games fans have been able to welcome the introduction of an increasing number of new specialist online casinos and with them a whole new range of casino games. The arrival of these new online casinos has also made our regular online casino reviews a lot more interesting, and of course also significantly increased the number of online casinos we feature on our recommended list. There are now far more good online casinos available to casino games enthusiasts in Ireland than we have ever had before, and many of them have their own unique approach to the idea of playing casino games online. We have now reached the stage in the development of online casinos that all the sites on our recommended list clearly employ the necessary management software to be able to offer a safe and secure environment for their customers, and there is also no reason for us to doubt that the casino games they feature are fair and above board. The deciding factor in choosing which online casino site on which to play casino games is therefore entirely down to the quality and variety of the games they offer, so that is what now concentrate on during our online casino reviews. Any review of the range of casino games available on a particular online casino site is of course also a review of the casino software supplier the operator has chosen to use, because the design of almost all the casino games on every site is the responsibility of the casino software company. Most of the first online casino sites which were operated by the big bookmakers tended to use just one casino software supplier for most of their casino games, but many of the newer site operators now offer casino games from several different software companies and have therefore been able to improve the variety of games they offer their customers.
The original online casino gambling sites operated by the leading bookmakers are still of course very popular because they are generally well known among the gambling community. Paddy Power for instance is clearly one of the most well-known bookmakers in Ireland because of their big high street presence, so the Paddy Power casino is also naturally very well supported among Irish casino games fans. Most of their casino games are supplied by Wagerworks, which has proved to be a good decision because their software is not used by any of the other big online casino sites and therefore many of their casino games are exclusive to Paddy Power. Ladbrokes is the other big bookmaker with a substantial high street presence in Ireland, and they also operate a very popular online gambling site with a big online casino gambling section. The other bookmakers who own betting shops and operate online casino gambling sites are Betfred and of course William Hill. Both of these companies operate successful and popular online casino sites with a wide range of casino games to choose from, and the William Hill casino in particular has benefitted hugely from their association with one of the world’s biggest casino software company, Playtech. All of these large bookmakers are well known for their betting shops, but nowadays there are also some major bookmakers who do not own any betting shops at all and only trade over the internet. Bwin for instance only trade online, but they claim to be number one in the online gambling sector and their online casino is certainly very successful and popular. Another big player in the online gambling sector which also does not have any high street betting shops is 888 Holdings. This is an online gambling company with a number of different sites operating under different trade names, such as Pacific Poker and casino-on-net.
It is now time to take a look at the most recent online casinos to earn a place on our recommended list, starting with the All Irish casino. This was one of the first of the new specialist online casinos to come on stream, and it has to be said is already one of the most popular in Ireland. They have chosen to feature casino games mostly supplied by NetEntertainment, or NetEnt for short. NetEnt is a Swedish company and one of the most popular online casino software supplier in Scandanavia. Their graphics are second to none and they offer an excellent range of slots and video slots for us to enjoy. The All Irish casino was also the first online casino to tale the live online casino concept to another level by streaming live casino games such as roulette, blackjack and baccarat from a real casino based in Malta. Of the other relatively new specialist online casinos identified by our online casino reviews as being worthy of inclusion on our recommended list, one that stands out is the CasinoCasino site. Real slot machine enthusiasts who have enjoyed playing the iconic slots games developed by Amatic Industries will for the first time now be able to play many of those games online for the first time at the CasinoCasino site. Some of the Amatic Industries slots games are also available at the newest of all the specialist online casinos to come on stream, the FunCasino, and we look forward to reporting further on this new entrant to our list.