When someone says the word “Casino”, grandiose images of neon lights, showgirls, and jovial gamblers come to mind.
For many people these images are as big a part of the experience as the gambling is. It’s one thing to place your bets, but to do so amongst the glitz and glamour of a casino cannot be beat. It’s tangible. It’s real. You can feel and feed off the excitement. The memories a trip to the casino makes can be told and retold, creating instant classics.
This is a large part of why casinos are, and will always be, a popular destination for all sorts of people from all walks of life.
Back in the early 90’s a small battle was brewing among a couple of software companies to bring the first online casino to the masses. The Internet was in its infancy back then, and the concept of online gaming was nothing but a dream to many. The first online casino was very basic compared to what is seen today but, as they say, Rome wasn’t built in one day.
And while a traditional casino plays well for many people, the convenience of online casinos has been a blessing to others.
Here are three reasons why the online casino model is ideal for many players.
Visiting a traditional land-based casino involves a lot of physical activity. You need to get there, find parking, get into the building, find and sit at a table or game. Maneuvering around a busy casino can be precarious for the best of us, but what if you’re someone with special needs or mobility issues?
The online casino solves that problem immediately. Players can join and play their favourite games from anywhere with an Internet connection. From people with mobility issues to the introverted, online casinos offer the same opportunity for thrilling gameplay, social interaction, and escape that the traditional casino gives others.
Gone is the need to prepare for a night out. Relieved from worry is parking availability and you can let Frank know there’s no need for a designated driver for the night.
Playing online means not feeling awkward or out of place. You can learn a game at your own pace, and often without financial risk. Nobody to hover over your shoulder giving you bad advice or relaying some superstition that works only for them.
Pace of the Game
Games such as blackjack, roulette, and craps are very popular in traditional casinos but the pace of play is dictated by other players. Having the ability to control the speed of play can become an important consideration when employing some strategies.
The speed of those games can be as fast as one can click a mouse button. Whip through the rounds at a decent rate in attempts to earn as much money in that time period as possible. On the downside, the average loss per hour can take a hit.
The advantage of going at your own pace and not having that dictated by others also means you can try different strategies or stakes with less pressure. It gives you a bit more time to consider any new option before completing your turn.
Availability of Games
Chris Moneymaker once said, “If you're a poker player and you show up at a casino at 8 a.m., you're going to be by yourself or with some people that are rocks and just don't give you any action”. This isn’t the case with an online casino as they are open to a global audience. If you wish, there is always a table or two with other players just waiting for you to join. There’s action at any time of the day and any day of the week.
Online casinos also offer different variations of popular games, which give players opportunities to expand their game knowledge and try a different spin on an old classic.
Whatever the game is, whatever the flavor, it can be found at an online casino. The variations and availability are endless and provides hours of entertainment.
The truth is, playing at a traditional casino is not for everyone. But the same can be said about online gaming. One sure bet? Wherever you want to play, be it land-based or online, you can and it can be everything you want it to be.