During the early days of online casinos the onlinecasino.ie list of recommended sites only featured online casinos operated by the leading bookmakers, because that was the only choice we had. For the benefit of those people who have perhaps only recently discovered the fun of playing casino games online, it would probably be useful to explain how the idea of online casinos came about in the first place. Following the lead of many high street retail companies the big bookmakers decided that they had to offer their sports gambling customers the opportunity to place their bets online rather than having to go through a betting shop. Having invested the time and money to set up their online sports gambling sites they then looked around for ways to gain maximum benefit from that investment and decided to try adding a few gambling games to what were primarily sports gambling sites. Not only did this idea appeal to their sports gambling customers however, they found that casino games enthusiasts who regularly visited a real casino also took to the idea of playing casino games online. The online gambling site operators were of course extremely happy to have attracted a whole new group of gambling fans, particularly when they found that casino games fans were quickly joined by many bingo fans who also found that they enjoyed playing online. Having established that there was a ready market for playing gambling games online these big bookmakers very rapidly started to increase the number of games on their sites and this was how what we now know as online casinos first became widely available. It was also when we felt it was necessary to establish a list of the best online casinos available to our readers in Ireland, and to continuously update that list with regular online casino reviews as the sites continued developing. This rapid expansion in the number of casino games that the online casino operators wanted to offer their customers also led to a totally new business sector linked to the gambling market, the online casino software suppliers. These are the companies who are responsible for the design of the slots games which form the majority of the casino games we can play online. They also negotiate any copyright issues there may be with games featuring famous films or comic characters so that they can offer slots games with a whole range of different themes. Even the traditional casino games such as roulette, blackjack and craps are influenced by the quality of the casino software because the graphics are so important in our enjoyment of these games. There is no doubt that when we first started to carry out our regular online casino reviews the most obvious difference between the popular online casino sites operated by the leading bookmakers was the casino software company they had decided to use. Since those early days of online casinos when all the operators were major bookmakers, we have seen the introduction of a number of specialist online casinos with no access to sports gambling, concentrating solely on their range of casino games. This has resulted in our recommended list expanding somewhat, making our regular online casino reviews even more important and even more interesting.
Before we go on to discuss the benefits we have seen in the online casino sector as a result of these new online casinos, we should not ignore the fact that it was the leading bookmakers who were responsible for developing most of the features we now take for granted when playing casino games online, including the live online casino and the free play option, and they all still provide an excellent range of casino games in a safe and secure environment. As far as casino games enthusiasts in Ireland are concerned, the most popular online casino operated by one of the big bookmakers is almost certainly the Paddy Power casino. Paddy Power have a very big high street presence in Ireland and are therefore the best known brand in this country when it comes to any form of gambling. They also have a huge advantage over many of their rivals in that they can use their high street betting shops to enable their online customers to manage their accounts using cash as opposed to some of the other deposit options which can be more expensive or less secure. The Paddy Power casino has also benefited from choosing to use software supplied by Wagerworks instead of one of the bigger companies, because many of their casino games are therefore exclusive. We also have another leading bookmaker with a large betting shop estate in Ireland, and that is Ladbrokes. Customers of the Ladbrokes casino can also manage their accounts through their local betting shop and the Ladbrokes online casino has been on our recommended list for many years and continues to offer an excellent gaming experience. Most of the other online casinos operated by major bookmakers do not have a big high street presence in Ireland, but nevertheless are well known brands through a variety of other reasons. Bwin and 888 are both recognisable because of high profile sports sponsorship deals, and it was William Hill that first introduced games onto their sports gambling site.
Of the newcomers to the online casino sector in Ireland it is probably the All Irish casino that has been most successful so far. The All Irish casino uses software supplied by NetEntertainment, or NetEnt for short, which is again a relative small casino software company but with a great range of slots games as well as a reputation for excellent graphics. The All Irish casino was also the first to offer an alternative live casino option, which is streamed from a real casino in Malta rather than from a remote studio. It would clearly be difficult to get closer to the experience of playing casino games in a real casino.
Other new online casinos deservedly featured on our recommended list include Casino Casino, which features iconic slots games from Amatic Industries, plus CasinoLand, Instacasino and Yako casino all of which offer a range of casino games from several selected software companies.