There is clearly a great deal of discussion regarding the advantages that internet traders have over their high street rivals and what that is doing to our town centres. There is also a lot of talk about how governments can perhaps move towards taking steps to level the playing field, by either reducing business rates for high street traders or imposing higher taxes on the internet operators. As we have said before on these pages there are many similarities between the retail sector and the gambling sector when it comes to comparing the high street and the internet, particularly when we look at the advantages that online casinos have over their land based rivals. The huge range of casino games featured on the online casino sites for example mirrors the much bigger product ranges that internet retailers can display when compared to a high street store. Another of the major advantages that online casinos have over a real casino is the ability to offer features such as the free online casino option. The much lower operating costs of running an online casino makes it possible for the site operators to allow their customers to play a huge range of their casino games, at least for a period of time without needing to risk any of their own money. That is also the reason why the minimum table stakes at an online casino are considerably lower than can be found at a real casino, and why even the bingo clubs cannot compete with the very small online bingo card prices available at every online casino. The free online casino option is however not just an effective marketing strategy used by the online casino site operators to attract new customers to their sites, it is also useful to new casino games players when they have chosen their preferred online casino site. Here at onlinecasino.ie we have always recommended that online casino games players should at least try as wide a range of different casino games as possible, particularly when they first start to enjoy playing casino games online, so we also recommend that they should take full advantage of the free online casino option to try new games. It is particularly useful of course when it comes to some of the more traditional casino games that are now available at the online casinos, because many of these games are rarely if ever available in our real casinos here in Ireland so even our more experienced casino games enthusiasts may not have had the opportunity to play them. Baccarat for example is a very popular traditional casino game found in casinos throughout the rest of Europe, but not here in Ireland. The same applies to backgammon, craps and even poker, all of which are popular in other parts of the world but rarely found in our casinos. Here at onlinecasino.ie we have done what we can to encourage our readers to try these traditional casino games by detailing the rules of most of these games on our individual games pages, but we also know that there is no substitute for actually playing the game.
Some of these traditional casino games such as roulette and craps clearly do not require any particular skill or experience to be able to play them successfully, so the free online casino option is simply a way to get to know the associated computer graphics rather than learn how to play the game. Although it is obviously still a game of chance, the casino game of Backgammon does however also require an element of skill when it comes to knowing the best way to move the checkers around the board. The free online casino feature is therefore a very useful way to gain some experience of this element of the game. Another traditional casino game which is generally recognised to require knowledge and experience to play successfully is of course the game of poker, but before we go on to discuss the use of the free online casino option relating to poker there has been another unexpected benefit resulting from the option to play online casino games free of charge. We have already pointed out that the game of baccarat is widely available in casinos on the continent of Europe but rarely if ever here in Ireland. It is also a casino game which has for some reason gained a reputation for being extremely complicated and played in the main by high rollers rather than the ordinary casino games enthusiasts on a budget. Now that we all have the opportunity to play baccarat online free of charge however it has become clear that this reputation is probably not deserved. Yes the rules of baccarat are a little complicated, but the game is always controlled by the dealer according to those rules so when we play baccarat at an online casino we don’t actually need to know the rules at all. The only thing we need to do when playing baccarat online is to choose which of just two hands will win. Although a tie is possible it is very rarely backed so playing baccarat online is no more difficult than calling the toss of a coin. Many of us would probably never have realised that without the free online casino option.
Time to go back to the use of the free online casino feature as a learning tool for the game of poker. Of all the traditional casino games we can now play online poker has definitely become one of the most popular. The introduction of online casinos has created a whole new tribe of poker fans right across the world, including of course here in Ireland, and the Texas Hold’em format of poker has become the game of choice for most serious poker players. Texas Hold’em poker is however a casino game which not only requires a degree of knowledge and experience, it can also cost you a lot of money during the learning process. The multiple betting rounds associated with this form of poker means that each hand can require a big investment before reaching the showdown, so use the free play option as much as you can.