The introduction of online gambling has undoubtedly increased the number of people actively gambling on their favourite sports or playing casino games online. Ever since the big bookmakers first established their online sports gambling sites and subsequently began to introduce a range of casino games, we have seen a year on year increase in the number of people in Ireland regularly using these online casino sites to enjoy playing games. Clearly playing casino games is not a new concept and our real casinos in Ireland have always been well supported and popular, but only a small proportion of the population lived within reasonable distance of a real casino and were therefore able to access traditional casino games such as roulette and blackjack. Nowadays of course online casinos have changed the definition of what we mean by the term casino games. The traditional casino games are still available at all the online casinos, but the vast majority of the casino games we can now play online are slots games in a variety of forms, and it is these games which are credited by most observers with the increase in popularity of playing casino games online. Most online casinos now offer well over a hundred different slots games on their site and some offer considerably more than a hundred. The demand for new innovative online casino games has even spawned a whole new industry because most of these slots games are designed and supplied by specialist online casino software suppliers such as Playtech, who also negotiate any copyright issues associated with games based on popular television programmes, films or cartoon characters. Some of these software suppliers have quickly become very big players in the online gambling sector as a result of this demand for exciting casino slots games. The success of the online casinos operated by the big bookmakers as part of their large online gambling sites has also led to a number of specialist online casinos coming on stream over the last couple of years. These smaller online casinos do not offer sports gambling and concentrate solely on providing new and often exclusive casino games. Regular visitors to onlinecasino.ie will certainly have noticed that some of these new specialist online casinos have already made our recommended list primarily due to the range of new casino games they offer.
With the vast number of these slots games available at almost every online casino, it would be easy to forget the importance of the traditional casino games to the success of online casinos. Even those of us who did have the opportunity to play traditional casino games such as roulette and blackjack at a real casino now have a much greater choice of traditional casino games to enjoy. Very few of our real casinos offered their customers the opportunity to play poker regularly, let alone games such as baccarat or backgammon which both feature at many of the casinos in mainland Europe. Every American casino has at least one craps table, but there were none in Ireland to our knowledge. All of these traditional casino games can now be played at most online casinos, which is of course why we have allocated a significant portion of this site to detailing the rules of these exciting traditional games. Anyone who has visited a real casino and witnessed the excitement of a busy roulette table will understand why roulette is still one of the most popular of the traditional casino games. The online casinos have even gone to great lengths to duplicate the atmosphere of a roulette wheel in a real casino, and they all now offer a Live casino option for roulette, blackjack and even baccarat on some sites. Most of these Live casino games are usually operated by real dealers in a remote studio, but the All Irish casino has gone one step further by actually streaming their Live casino option from a real casino in Malta. Roulette is of course not a difficult casino game to play, although it is easy for new players to get carried away by placing too many bets on each spin so that even a winning number gives a very small reward compared to the money staked.
Another traditional casino game which we all know is blackjack, and again it is not a difficult game to play. The only thing to remember is that the sole object of the game is to beat the dealer’s hand, and this is just as possible holding 16 as holding 20 or 21. Of the other traditional casino games we have mentioned that are usually now available in the Live casino mode, baccarat is the most misunderstood. For some reason baccarat has obtained a reputation for being a complicated game for high rollers. This is simply not true because although the rules of baccarat are complicated the player does not need to know them. The game is controlled by the dealer in accordance with the rules and all the player needs to do is choose one of three options. There are only three possible outcomes in a hand of baccarat. Either the player’s hand wins, or the dealer’s hand wins, or very rarely there can be a tie. It really is as simple as that.
Of all the traditional casino games we can now all play online, the one which has proved most popular is poker. All the online casinos offer a range of poker formats such as 5-card draw, stud poker, Red Dog and Pai Gow, all of which can be played against the house for fixed odds. The most popular poker format is however Texas Hold’em. This is the version of poker which has become the game played at almost all the poker tournaments around the world. Most online casinos also offer Texas Hold’em as a poker game which can be played against the house, but there are now also specialist online poker forums where serious poker players can compete with other poker enthusiasts. Texas Hold’em poker is now probably one of the most popular online casino games around the world as a result of the growth of online casino gambling.