Almost every online business has a number of advantages over their land based rivals, and online casinos are no exception. The first and perhaps the most important advantage that online casinos and most other online businesses have is that their overheads are generally far less than their rivals, particularly those organisations which operate from a high street premises or indeed any other building which needs to be staffed and maintained. The space limitations which are inherent in operating any business from a building is also what provides most online businesses with their second major advantage because there are very few limitations on what you can feature on an internet site even when compared to the biggest retail outlets found in out of town shopping estates. Many would argue that it is the range of casino games the online casinos are able to offer their customers that is the biggest reason why they have been so successful since the first sites were launched over twenty years ago. Others would point to the fact that online casinos are able to allow their customers to play their casino games for much lower minimum stakes than their land based rivals can afford to do, because of their much lower operating costs. Here at onlinecasino.ie we tend to think that both of these factors have contributed to that success in fairly equal measures. Fortunately the main rivals of online casinos do not appear to have suffered as much as some of the high street retailers in the face of internet competition, and both our real casinos and our bingo clubs seem to be prospering reasonably well. We often discuss the huge range of gambling options offered by online gambling sites in these pages, particularly the large and diverse range of casino games we can now play online, but the cost advantages of operating an online casino are also worth a closer look. We have already commented on the small stakes required to play most online casino games, but that is not the only benefit we enjoy from the lower operating costs of an online casino. What we now refer to as the free online casino option is also a direct result of those lower operating costs. No real casino, bingo club or even a slot machine arcade can afford to let their customers play their games free of charge even for a short period of time, whereas almost every online casino now allows their customers to play a wide range of their casino games in the free online casino mode for a period of time without needing to gamble any money. There is no better way to encourage people to try a new game than allowing them to learn without risking any of their hard earned cash, and that is one of the major reasons why more and more people are now playing different casino games at an online casino.
There are now so many different casino games available at our online casinos that it is highly unlikely that even the most experienced casino games players have tried them all. Many people now playing online casino games were regular visitors to a real casino, but in Ireland that almost certainly meant that they were generally restricted to playing roulette and blackjack. Now they have access to all the other traditional casino games at an online casino, the free play option can be a very useful way to learn new casino games such as baccarat and backgammon for example. Neither of these traditional casino games would have been readily available in most of our real casinos here in Ireland, so most of us were never able to play them before they became available online. Our knowledge of baccarat in particular has improved dramatically since it became readily available at our online casinos. For some reason the game of baccarat had acquired a reputation for being a difficult game only really played by high rollers for very large stakes. We now know that the reality is of course totally different and playing baccarat at an online casino could not be easier. There are only two hands dealt in a round of baccarat, and all the player is required to do is to predict which of those two hands will win. The player does not need to understand the rules of baccarat because the game is totally controlled by the dealer. There is a rare chance that the two hands will tie, but generally selecting the winning hand is no more difficult than calling the toss of a coin. Another traditional casino game which has become very popular due to the introduction of online casinos is of course the game of poker. People have been playing poker since at least the 19th century but the number of people playing poker regularly in Ireland had steadily declined over recent years and had become confined to a few diehards playing in regular poker schools, and of course the professionals playing in the major poker tournaments. The opportunity to play poker online however has reignited our fascination for the game to such an extent that we now have a huge number of people who spend most of their leisure time playing poker online and even try to get a place in the major poker tournaments competing with the best of the professionals. Playing poker has become a major leisure activity in its own right, and there are now a number of specialist online poker platforms which enable serious poker players to compete with each other almost 24 hours a day. It is also true that the ability to play poker has become the ambition of many new online casino games players, so once again the free online casino option becomes an important learning tool. All the online casinos feature a complete range of different poker formats, all of which can be played against the house and most are also available to learn in the free play mode. Although most of the online slots games are not difficult to play the free play option is also a welcome chance to enjoy them at no risk.