Nowadays we all live in an extremely commercialised world in which very little is free, even when it comes to some of our most popular leisure activities. There are however notable exceptions, one of which is the free online casino feature now available at almost every online casino site. This option allows us to play a significant number of the casino games featured on those online casino sites without needing to risk any money, and is therefore a very popular feature of playing casino games online. A few online casinos even make the free play option the default status of their casino games so that players have to make a conscious decision to start playing for money. The theory is of course that the element of risk is one of the main attractions of playing casino games so most of their customers will not continue playing for free for very long. From our perspective here at onlinecasino.ie the free online casino feature is however not just a bit of free fun, it is an important aid to ensuring that new casino games players get the full benefit of the enormous range of casino games now featured on almost every online casino site. Many of us who began playing the traditional casino games at a real casino will remember making silly mistakes as we learnt the rules and strategies associated with many of those games, all of which probably cost us money. The real casinos clearly could not afford to let us play for free so it could often be an expensive learning process. Most of the casino games now featured by the online casinos are of course slots games in various forms, the majority of which probably do not need any particular skill or experience to play successfully, so the free online casino option is perhaps not so important when offered on the slots as it is for some of the more traditional casino games. The option to have a few free spins does however allow you to get accustomed to the graphics associated with a new slots game, and to be honest some of the more sophisticated modern online slots are actually quite complicated compared to the slot machine games we are used to in our pubs and clubs, so again a few free spins can be very useful.
As we have already pointed out however the free play option really comes into its own when applied to some of the more traditional casino games. For a new online casino games player even a relatively simple casino game such as roulette can benefit from a few free spins to allow them to get used to the graphics and where the bets can be placed on the simulated roulette table, because there are differences in the graphics displayed by different online casinos. However when it comes to traditional casino games such as poker, the free play option really does play an important role in increasing our enjoyment of playing casino games online. Of all the traditional casino games which are now available to play at an online casino the game of poker has undoubtedly become one of the most popular, so much so that there are now specialist online poker platforms where serious poker players can test their luck and their skill against other poker enthusiasts from all over the world. It is however absolutely essential that a new poker player gains a reasonable amount of experience playing poker at a normal online casino against the house for fixed odds before trying their luck at one of these online poker platforms. The free online casino option is a great way to start the process of learning the difference between the various poker formats now available at almost every online casino site, particularly for those new players wanting to progress to the big games played on the specialist poker sites. Almost all of these online poker platforms concentrate on the Texas Hold’em format of poker because of the potential for better hands and bigger pots resulting from the use of community cards. This version of poker is however considered to be the game most likely to benefit the experienced player in the long run, so gaining experience is even more important for those wishing to play Texas Hold’em online.
Poker is of course not the only traditional casino game which requires skill and experience to play successfully, the game of backgammon also fits into that category. Backgammon is clearly also a game of chance which requires an element of luck in the same way as poker, in this case through the use of two dice to determine the number of moves each player can make. The skill and experience of the player shows in how they move the checkers around the backgammon board in response to the throw of the dice, and this is where the free play option is again an extremely useful learning aid. There is however another traditional casino game which has benefitted from the introduction of the free online casino feature in a totally different way, and that is the game of baccarat. Baccarat is a casino game which has never really featured in Ireland or the UK for that matter, but is commonly played in some of the big mainland European casinos. For some reason baccarat has also established a reputation for being a very complicated game played mainly by the high rollers of the casino gambling world. This reputation is partly due to the way the game has been portrayed in various films over the years, particularly some of the Bond films, but since baccarat has become available to play online we now know that it is in fact one of the easiest casino games to play. There are only two hands in each game of baccarat, the dealer’s hand and the player’s hand. The free play option has shown us that all we have to do is choose which of those two hands will win. A tie is possible but very rare and almost never backed by a serious player.