The costs of operating an internet retail site are clearly far less that selling on the high street, and this means that internet retailers can sell their products at cheaper prices than high street stores whilst retaining a good profit margin. That is one of the reasons why our town centres in some parts of the country are in trouble. Competition from online sports gambling sites has also put pressure on our high street betting shops, although this is generally considered to be more to do with convenience and choice rather than for reasons of cost. Interestingly in spite of the success of online casinos they do not appear to have had any significant effect on our real land based casinos. There is however no doubt that online casinos have the same advantages as online retailers when it comes to operating costs, but these advantages appear to have enabled them to attract a whole new customer base rather than competing with the real casinos. There are two significant features of most online casinos that demonstrate what lower overheads can deliver to their customers. The first is the much lower minimum stakes which are available on the casino games we can play at the online casinos, and the second is what is usually called the free online casino option. As far as we are concerned here at onlinecasino.ie it is this second feature that is the most important because it enables new online casino games players to learn new games without risking any money. It is of course true that the opportunity to play casino games for much smaller stakes is one of the principle reasons why the online casinos have been successful in attracting customers who have never actually visited a real casino, but it is also important that those new casino games players are not restricted to only playing the simple slots games because they are nervous of trying to play new games and losing money because they don’t fully understand the game. Nowadays of course even some of the slots games can seem very complicated when you start playing, so the free online casino option is again a very good way to learn the game.
There is another feature of online casinos which is greatly enhanced by the free online casino option, and that is the range of traditional casino games we can now play online. Many of these traditional casino games such as craps, baccarat and backgammon are not generally available in our real casinos here in Ireland, so even those of us who regularly visit a casino have no real experience of playing these games. Without the free online casino option we are less likely to give these excellent traditional casino games a try and would clearly miss out on the fun of playing new games. Internet sites such as onlinecasino.ie can do their best by describing the rules of these casino games, but we all know there is nothing better than having a go.
There is another reason why the free online casino feature is important when it comes to playing casino games online, and that is how it can be used to help us choose the best online casino for our taste. There are now many more online casinos available in Ireland, and our recommended list has consequently grown over the years so it is probably more difficult to choose the most appropriate online casino now than ever before. Almost all the online casinos try to attract new customers with a variety of welcome bonuses and special offers, but regular readers of this site will know that we believe that the quality and range of the casino games offered by the different sites is far more important when it comes to choosing the best online casino. All the online casinos on our recommended list offer a full range of the traditional casino games, so the differences are generally to be found in the range of slots games on each site. Online casino slots games are almost always designed and supplied by specialist online casino software suppliers, who are also responsible for negotiating any copyright issues which may occur when games are based on films, cartoons etc. There are however a number of big online casino operators who use the same software supplier for most of their casino games, with the result that some of their casino games will be very similar if not identical to those on another site. Fortunately some of the more recent additions to the online casino sector have been able to offer us new and exclusive casino slots games so it is important to look at a number of different sites. This is where the free online casino option takes on another role because when we log on to a new site we can not only look at the range of casino games they offer, we can also often try some of them free of charge without even needing to register.
We should point out that there are differences in how some online casinos offer the free online casino option, the most significant being whether the casino games you are playing are in instant or download mode. Most online casinos offer more casino games with a free play option in the download format than in the instant format, and not every casino game is available in free play. There are also differences in whether you need to register or not. William Hill for instance offer some casino games in instant mode which can be played for free without the need to register, but there are far more free games available in the download format. To access these you need to register and set up an account, although you don’t need to log on.
An entirely different approach to the free online casino concept can be found at two of the newest online casinos to come on stream. CasinoCasino and CasinoLand both offer all their casino games in the instant format, and almost all of them can be played with the free play option because that is the default setting. Both offer a range of new casino games from a number of different suppliers and players need to make a conscious decision to start playing for money.