The most important element of any online casino, apart of course from efficient and secure financial software is the range of casino games featured on the site. Online casino operators in common with most other businesses use a variety of clever marketing strategies to attract customers. These include welcome bonus offers, free spins and even cash back deals, but at the end of the day our choice of which online casino site we are going to use must surely depend on the quality and variety of the casino games on the site. Online casinos have come a long way since the big bookmakers decided to add a few gambling games to the established online sports gambling sites, and the range of casino games we can now play online has grown so quickly that it has been difficult for reviewers such as onlinecasino.ie to keep up. Most of the growth in numbers of online casino games has of course been in the range of slots and video slots featured by all the online casinos, but the traditional casino games have been just as important to the success of online casinos as the slots. In fact during the very early days in the development of online casinos the most obvious target customer base would probably have been the members of our land based casinos who already played traditional casino games such as roulette and blackjack. In the same way that existing sports betting fans were the most likely to switch to gambling on the internet, regular visitors to a real casino would also be the most likely group to start playing casino games online. The appeal of the online casinos for this group of casino games enthusiasts was of course not just the convenience of being able to play their favourite games without leaving home, they were also given the opportunity to play a whole range of traditional casino games which were not available in the majority of our casinos here in Ireland. The online casinos offered them to chance to play casino games such as baccarat, backgammon and even craps, none of which were commonly available in Irish land based casinos. The game of craps relies on the throw of two dice rather than the spin of the roulette wheel, but in many other ways it is very similar to the game of roulette we know so well. Both games allow multiple bets to be placed for each throw of the dice or spin of the wheel, and the playing tables where the bets are placed are also very similar in design. On the other hand baccarat, which is commonly played in casinos in other parts of Europe is a bit of a mystery for those of us who have never played the game. For some reason we have come to believe that baccarat is a complicated game usually only played for high stakes by very rich people. In fact online baccarat in particular is one of the easiest online casino games to play because we don’t actually need to know the rules. There are only two hands and the game is totally controlled by the dealer. All the player has to do is bet on which of the two hands will win.
Both of these two traditional casino games are therefore fairly easy to play and require little or no experience to be successful, whereas the game of backgammon tends to reward the more experienced players. Backgammon like craps is also dependent on the throw of two dice, but in this case the player then needs to decide the most effective way to move the checkers around the board. The rules of backgammon are relatively easy to understand, but only experience will improve your chances of winning. There is one traditional casino game which we have not yet mentioned and that is the game of poker. Of all the traditional casino games which have seen a resurgence in interest since the introduction of online casinos, poker has proved to be the most popular. In fact the increase in the number of people regularly playing poker online is quite astonishing and there are now large numbers of people who even claim to be semi-professional poker players. The popularity of the game of poker has also encouraged many online casino operators to establish specialist online poker platforms where serious poker players can compete with other players from all over the world almost 24 hours a day. Even the big poker tournaments have seen a massive increase in applicants and many now run qualifying rounds to earn a place at the main event. All the online casinos offer a full range of different versions of poker on their sites, all of which can be played for fixed odds against the house, but it is the Texas Hold’em format of poker which has become the game of choice for serious poker players. We have detailed the rules of Texas Hold’em poker on our individual casino games pages for those readers who would like to start playing, but again we should point out that Texas Hold’em poker is another casino game which tends to reward experience. It is also a game in which the minimum table stake often bears no relationship to the investment often necessary to reach the showdown stage of the game. The reason for this is that Texas Hold’em uses five community cards which are dealt one at a time with each card being followed by a further betting round. There are therefore five betting rounds to be completed before the final showdown, which clearly greatly increases the pot for the winner but also increases the potential losses on each hand. Apart from the slots, there is one other online casino game which has contributed to the success of online casino gambling and that is the game of bingo. Again this is a game which already had a very large fan base even before it became available to play online. Online bingo played a very important role in the early development of online casinos and is still very popular to this day.