One of the most significant aspects of the relentless growth of consumerism in the developed world is the expansion of choice. It does not matter what aspect of our lives you look at, we have far more choice than ever before. Our food for instance is a perfect example of how our options have increased over the last fifty years. We are no longer limited to seasonal fruit and vegetables for example, we can buy produce from all over the world and almost all year round. Everywhere you look modern technology and global trade has provided us with a great deal more choices, and the internet looks like taking that variety to even higher levels. Internet retailers for example can offer a much wider choice of products than can be displayed in a conventional high street store, or even an out of town superstore. Some of the new internet retailers do not even hold stocks of their own, and merely transfer our orders direct to the manufacturer or importer who then deliver directly to us. When we look at the leisure industry the first thing that comes to mind is of course the huge growth in affordable holiday destinations. Much of that growth is clearly due to the expansion of the budget airlines, but the internet has also provided us with option to customise our holidays in a way we could never do before. Another area of the leisure sector to benefit dramatically from the internet, and of particular interest to us here at onlinecasino.ie is of course the gambling sector. When the leading bookmakers decided to invest in the technology and software necessary to operate an online gambling site, they started a whole new era in both sports gambling and then online casino gambling. The online sports gambling sites offered their customers the chance to gamble on a far greater range of sports and sporting events than were ever available through our high street betting shops, but it was when the bookmakers started to add a few casino games to those sites that the real step change occurred. We will probably never know whether the decision makers at the time expected their idea to be so successful, but we have certainly witnessed an incredible rise in popularity in playing casino games at these online casinos. The idea of introducing games to the big online sports gambling sites originally came from a need for the bookmakers to maximise returns from their investment in internet gambling, but they quickly started to add more and more casino games to their range and as they did so, they were also able to expand their appeal. Regular visitors to a real casino were of course the most likely group of players to try playing casino games online, but they were quickly followed by bingo fans and slot machine enthusiasts, all of whom were suddenly able to play their favourite games online rather than needing to go to a bingo club or a pub or club where they previously played the slots. All of this increasing popularity for the idea of playing casino games online was of course down to the huge increase in the choice of games offered by the online casinos.
Clearly the vast majority of the games we can now play at the online casinos are variations of slots games, but we have also seen a much wider choice of the more traditional casino games than we ever had in our real casinos here in Ireland. Most of our real casinos were so limited in floor space that roulette and blackjack were likely to be the only traditional casino games we could play. The online casinos however, like the online retailers do not suffer from such space limitations and can offer a far greater choice of all types of game. Roulette enthusiasts are now able to enjoy the similar experience of playing America’s favourite casino game of craps, and we can now all play many other casino games which are common in other parts of the world such as baccarat and backgammon, both of which are usually available in many casinos on the continent. The game of backgammon for instance is one of the few casino games which requires much thought, and like some versions of poker is a game where experience undoubtedly counts. We have included the rules of all these traditional casino games on our individual games pages to get you started and hopefully enable you to gain the experience you need at little cost. When it comes to baccarat however, we have a casino game which does not necessarily deserve the reputation it has acquired. Baccarat is played at most European casinos, but is for some reason often located in a side room away from the main floor. This has led to the myth that baccarat is a complicated game played only by high rollers. In fact baccarat is very easy to play, particularly at an online casino. The player does not actually need to know the rules because the game is totally controlled by the dealer. All the player needs to do is predict which of just three possible outcomes of each hand will occur, and one of those, namely a tie is rare and hardly ever backed.
We have of course already mentioned the casino game of poker, and all the online casinos offer a range of different poker formats which can be played for fixed odds against the house. There are also a number of online poker platforms which enable more serious poker players to test their skills and experience against other players. Generally speaking most serious poker players now play the Texas Hold’em format of the game, and this is also the version of poker played at most poker tournaments around the world.
We have talked about the importance of choice in many aspects of our lives, but one of the biggest examples of how increased choice has proved successful must be in the vast number of different slots games the online casinos have introduced over the years.