When the leading bookmakers decided that they needed to take notice of the fact that many of us were increasingly using the internet to make our lives easier they began to introduce online gambling sites. In the early days most of those online gambling sites were naturally focused on sports gambling because that was the business the bookmakers were in, but it wasn’t long before we began to see the introduction of a few casino games alongside the sports gambling options, which of course was the beginning of what we now know as the online casino sector. The decision to introduce a few casino games was probably not originally intended to create a whole new online gambling sector, but it proved so popular that the site operators began a race to add more and more games so that the online casino part of their sites just got bigger and bigger. That thirst for more online casino games also provided a huge boost for the casino software companies because it was the software designers who had to develop the new slots games that all the site operators wanted to offer their customers. Clearly most of the new games had to be slots games or video slots because the alternatives were fairly limited. Most online casinos had a full range of traditional casino games such as roulette and blackjack, and there were also various numbers games designed to appeal to the thousands of bingo enthusiasts, but there were clearly not enough of those games to satisfy the increasing demand. Not only were the high street bookmakers trying to expand the range of casino games they were able to offer on their sites, but there were also a number of internet based bookmakers joining the online casino sector. Even that was not the end of the of the demand for new games because more and more specialist online casino sites also began to join the sector and we now have access to literally thousands of different games spread across an increasing number of different online casinos. There is no doubt that the online casinos have been able to appeal to that part of human nature that loves any form of competition including playing games, but they have also been able to provide us with such a wide variety of different games that there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy.
Before the introduction of online casinos very few people in Ireland ever had the opportunity to play any of the traditional casino games, so even the most common of those games such as roulette was actually relatively new to most people. Those of us who had been able to travel to mainland Britain may have been able to visit a real casino at some time, but even then it was unlikely that we had been offered the chance to play anything other than roulette or blackjack. To play other traditional casino games such as baccarat or backgammon we would probably have had to travel to the south of France or Monte Carlo to find them readily available to the public. The casino game of Baccarat for instance was totally outside our experience and many of us probably believed that it was so complicated that we would never be able to play the game even if we were given the opportunity. That reputation was of course the result of how the game was often portrayed in many of the big blockbuster films, particularly some of the Bond films we all grew up with. Now that we can play baccarat at an online casino we have come to realise that baccarat is probably one of the easiest of the traditional casino games to play. It’s true that the rules of baccarat are a little complicated but only the dealer needs to know how the game is played, so when playing baccarat online it is simply a matter of choosing which of just two hands will win each game.
When it comes to the other traditional casino games we can now play online, the game of roulette is probably one of the most popular because of the opportunity to place a wide range of different bets depending on what degree of risk to choose to take. The same applies to a lesser extent for the America’s favourite casino game, the game of craps. Both of these traditional casino games are very similar in that we can choose whether to play relatively safely or go for broke. Neither roulette nor craps however requires any particular skill or experience to play successfully, but backgammon is one of the few casino games in which experience does count in the long run. There is of course an element of luck in backgammon as there is with every other casino game, because the number of moves a player has each turn is dependent on the throw of two dice, but the skill comes in how each player moves their checkers around the board and that skill and experience usually decides the winner. There is of course another traditional casino game in which skill and experience invariably plays a part and that is the game of poker. Of all the traditional casino games which have made a comeback as a result of the introduction of online casinos, poker is undoubtedly the biggest winner. Having spent many years out of favour in Ireland and indeed in many other parts of Europe, poker is now one of the most popular online casino games everywhere in the world. Texas Hold’em poker in particular is now the game of choice for almost every poker player in the world, and is the format used in almost every major poker tournament. Poker is now so popular that most of the big tournaments which used to be the preserve of professional players are now oversubscribed because there are so many serious amateurs desperate to test their luck and their skill against the professionals. There is no doubt that poker has become the most popular of all the online casino games.