Here at onlinecasino.ie we do all we can to help potential new online casino games players select an online casino which suits their needs. This involves regular reviews of all the well-established online casino sites as well as any new online casinos as they come on stream. Clearly one of the most important elements of any review is whether the management software the site operator is using provides a safe and secure financial environment which casino games players can trust, which is one reason why we have published our list of recommended online casinos and why we regularly update that list. Choosing an online casino however is not just a question of finding an online casino operator with good management software, the quality and range of casino games featured on the site is equally if not more important. Here at onlinecasino.ie we have no reason to believe that any of the online casinos we feature on our recommended list employ unsatisfactory site management software, so selecting which of those recommended sites is the best is almost entirely down to whether the casino games they offer suit the personal tastes of each individual player. The first online casinos were all established by the leading bookmakers when they began to add a few casino games to their established online sports gambling sites, and most of those first online casinos still feature on our recommended list today and enjoy popular support. Over the last few years those first online casinos have however begun to face stiff competition from a number of specialist online casinos concentrating solely on providing a variety of new casino games rather than trying to cover the whole online gambling sector including sports gambling. Once again their success is down to the quality and range of casino games they offer rather than any other factors. Most online casinos now offer a huge range of different casino games, ranging from the old traditional games such as roulette and blackjack, to dice games, numbers games based on bingo and of course a massive range of slots games. All these different types of online casino games have their own enthusiastic and loyal followers, and although the slots games represent by far the biggest part of most online casino sites there are many online casino fans who are only attracted by the more traditional casino games and rarely play the slots. Many of these traditional games players first began playing casino games at a real casino, which in Ireland usually restricted them to playing roulette, blackjack and the occasional local poker tournament run by their casino. The introduction of online casinos however offered them a chance to play many of the other traditional casino games which were not available at most of our casinos here in Ireland. Games such as baccarat, backgammon and even craps were suddenly available for them to play online, together with all the traditional poker formats and even a few new ones. The fact that all these traditional casino games could be made accessible online was of course because internet sites do not have the floor space restrictions associated with most real casinos. The online casinos are also able to allow their players to play casino games for much smaller stakes than a real casino can afford to do, adding considerably to the attraction of playing casino games online.
The same can of course also be said of many of the other games we can now play online, with bingo as a prime example. Our bingo clubs suffered a decline in attendance following the introduction of the smoking ban, but the game itself remained very popular indeed so when bingo and a variety of similar numbers games became available to play at most of the online casinos, they were immediately popular among the many existing bingo fans. Before we go on to discussing the role of the slots and video slots games in the success of online casino gambling, we must look at how the online casinos have brought the traditional casino game of poker back into our lives. Although poker is of course a fairly old gambling game, it had fallen out of favour in many parts of the world including here in Ireland. The opportunity to play poker online however has not only reminded us of how enjoyable it is to play poker, it has probably made poker the most popular online casino game of all. There are now specialist poker platforms which enable poker fans to compete amongst themselves online, and almost every major poker tournament is now oversubscribed as enthusiastic amateurs join the professionals at the tables. The poker format of choice for all these serious poker players is Texas Hold’em, but almost every online casino also offers many of the other traditional versions of poker such as 5-card draw poker and several versions of stud poker. All of these poker games can be played against the house for fixed odds at most online casinos, and this clearly serves to increase the popularity of poker even more among online casino games fans. Last but certainly not least we come to the huge number of slots games and video slots featured on almost every online casino site. Although the increased range of traditional casino games and the availability of games based on the ever popular game of bingo have proved very successful in attracting people to the idea of playing casino games online, most observers would still argue that it is the slots games which have had the greatest appeal. There are now slots games and video slots based on a huge range of different themes, ranging from popular cartoon and film characters to a variety of different sports and sporting events. Most of these slots games are of course the product of the imagination of the casino software designers, but the CasinoCasino site has recently also provided us with the opportunity to play some of the real iconic slot machine games we associate with the famous slot machines built by Amatic Industries.