Since the introduction of online casinos the term casino games has come to be used to describe almost every type of gambling game we can play online, including of course the vast number of slots and video slots which are featured on almost every online casino. What we now know as online casinos were first introduced by the big bookmakers as a small part of online sports gambling sites. The original idea was to encourage their customers to spend more time on the site whilst at the same time maximising the potential returns on their not insignificant investment in the technology and software necessary to operate an online gambling site. What they probably did not foresee was just how popular the idea of playing casino games online would become and how it would also attract a whole new group of customers to their site. When they did realise that there was a big market for playing gambling games online they began to add more and more games so that eventually the online casino element of their online gambling sites rapidly outgrew the sports gambling section and became the dominating feature of almost every home page. The traditional casino games such as roulette and blackjack, which most of us have always understood to be what is meant by the term casino games are of course still featured on almost every online casino site, but traditional casino games fans are also now able to play most of the other casino games associated with real land based casinos around the world. The game of baccarat for instance is common in most real casinos on the continent of Europe, but is rarely if ever available to play in our real casinos here in Ireland. The game of baccarat is an interesting example of how the introduction of online casinos has changed our perception of some of the traditional casino games many of us never had the opportunity to play. Now that we can all play baccarat online it is obvious that all the myths which have become associated with the game of baccarat over the years are total rubbish. Whilst it is true that the rules of baccarat are a little complicated, anyone playing baccarat online does not actually need to know the rules because the game is totally controlled by the dealer. Only two hands are dealt in each game of baccarat, and all the player has to do is predict which of those two hands will win. A tie is possible but it is so rare that it is hardly ever backed by experienced baccarat players, which means that playing baccarat online is no more complicated than calling heads or tails on the toss of a coin. Another traditional casino game that was never available in our real casinos but which is now featured at almost every online casino is backgammon. In this case of course there is an element of skill required to be successful because although the number of moves is dependent on the throw of two dice, how you move the checkers on the board will almost certainly determine whether you win or lose. Whilst we are discussing traditional casino games in which skill and experience is important we clearly must mention the game of poker. This is another traditional casino game which was rarely featured on a regular basis in our real casinos, but which has now become one of the most popular online casino games right across the world. Every online casino site features a whole range of different poker formats, but the one that has become the established favourite amongst serious poker players is the Texas Hold’em version of poker. This is the version of poker which is now played at almost every poker tournament around the world, and is also the format played on almost every one of the specialist online poker platforms which have become so popular since online casino gambling was introduced.
The appeal of Texas Hold’em poker is generally considered to be the use of community cards and the multiple betting rounds which usually result in much bigger pots for the winner. That also means of course that a player will probably need to risk significantly more money in order to reach the showdown stage of the game than would be necessary in most other forms of poker, so Texas Hold’em is not the best option for everybody. Most online casinos feature 5-card draw poker and a few versions of stud poker amongst their available range of casino games, all of which can be played against the house for fixed odds so that the player has more control over how much they have to bet on each hand. Caribbean Stud poker and Let it Ride are both relatively new versions of poker which have proved popular online, and both are also excellent introductions to the game of poker for new players. In addition to the games which we have always understood to be casino games, all the online casinos feature a vast variety of different online games for us to enjoy, including another already popular gambling game, the game of bingo. The game of bingo has also seen something of a resurgence in interest since the introduction of online casinos, and most online casinos now feature several different numbers games based on the concept of bingo. There are also a number of specialist online bingo sites where bingo fans can play 24 hours a day if they wish. Last but not least when we are discussing online casino games are the huge number of slots games and video slots which are featured on every online casino site. This is the area of the online casino sector which has generated the rise in importance of the casino software companies such as Playtech and others. Almost all the online casino slots games have been developed by the online casino software companies, so the success of every online casino’s range of casino games inevitably depends on their choice of software supplier.