When we began to conduct our regular online casino reviews here at onlinecasino.ie the online casino sector was in its infancy and the only online casinos that were available here in Ireland were those operated by the leading bookmakers. At that stage in the development of online casinos they were all also simply a part of the bookmakers’ big online sports gambling sites and were probably not considered to be that important for the site operators. It wasn’t long however before the decision to introduce a few casino games onto those sites began to prove so popular that they had no choice but to invest more heavily in the online casino sections of their site so that the number of casino games on those sites began to increase very rapidly indeed. The bookmakers who set up those first online gambling sites were the names we knew from their presence on our high streets, but they were quickly joined by other bookmakers who did not have any betting shops and traded solely online. This development clearly increased the number of online casinos we were able to review and therefore also increased the number of online casinos on our recommended list. Since then we have witnessed an even more significant increase in the number of accessible online casinos with the introduction of several specialist online casinos concentrating solely on providing a full range of casino games rather than trying to serve the sports gambling market as well. As more and more of these online casinos came on stream so our online casino reviews became an even more important aid for our readers to use in their choice of which online casinos best suited their taste in casino games. There are many factors to take into account when assessing the quality of an online casino site, but one of the most important has to be the safety and security offered by the management software used by the site. The security of customer data must be an absolute priority for any online casino site operator because in many cases they have access to all their personal identity information and their banking details. We clearly therefore have no reason to believe that any of the online casinos we have placed on our recommended list as a result of our online casino reviews fail to meet the high standards we require in respect of their security systems. We can now move on to what believe is the second most important factor in any assessment of an online casino, and that is the quality of the casino games featured on the site. You will notice that we have not considered any of the welcome bonus offers which have become common in the online casino sector, because we don’t believe that a bigger or better initial incentive is necessarily a good reason to choose a particular online casino site on which to play casino games.
Having established the main factors we have used to compile our recommended list it is time to look at the individual online casinos on that list in more detail. When we begin to consider the online casino sites operated by the leading bookmakers, we should obviously start with the Paddy Power site. Paddy Power were founded in 1988 and now claim to be the biggest bookmaker in Ireland with almost 200 betting shops and a very popular online gambling site which includes a large selection of online casino games. The casino software and most of the games are supplied by the well-respected software company Wagerworks. The other major bookmaker with a substantial high street presence in Ireland is of course Ladbrokes. The Ladbrokes online casino also has a full range of interesting casino games and Ladbrokes also operate a number of specialist casino gambling sites including online poker, online bingo and online backgammon. Most of the casino games are supplied by Microgaming and Playtech, two of the biggest casino software companies. Betfred also has a few betting shops in Ireland and although they were first and foremost a sports betting company they also operate an excellent online casino with all the usual range of casino games. Other well established bookmakers who operate online casinos featured on our recommended list include Bwin, 888 Holdings and of course William Hill. All of these sites offer both sports gambling and a comprehensive range of online casino games ranging from the traditional games such as roulette and blackjack to a huge variety of slots and video slots.
We now come to the newer specialist online casinos which have come on stream over the last few years, none of which offer sports betting options but they all have a fantastic range of casino games. The first of these new sites we will consider is the All Irish casino which has been designed to appeal particularly to the Irish market. The management software and most of the casino games featured on the All Irish online casino are supplied by the casino software specialist NetEntertainment or NetEnt for short, and the quality of the graphics is particularly good. The All Irish casino were also the first to offer an increasingly popular live casino option featuring traditional casino games such as roulette, blackjack and baccarat streamed from a real casino in Malta rather than from a remote studio. One increasingly common feature of these newer online casinos is that they offer a full range of casino slots games from several different specialist online casino software companies rather than just one main supplier. The CasinoLand, Instacasino and Yako casino are all excellent examples of the sort of variety which comes from using more than one software supplier to supply their slots games. There is no doubt that if you are a fan of the online casino slots then all of these online casinos are worth a look. Last but not least we come to the CasinoCasino site, which again offers something original. One of the most famous slot machine manufacturer is Amatic Industries, and many of their most popular games are now available at CasinoCasino online for the first time.