Originally Posted on Friday Oct 2 0:00:00 BST 2009
Over the past few years, the popularity of online casinos has been spreading like wildfire. Since 2006, both online and land-based gambling has been generating nearly $91 billion per year, with land-based casinos accounting for most of the profits. However, in more recent years, online casinos seem to be pulling ahead, due to a variety of factors. Additionally, with the great strides being made in online gaming technology, these online casinos are getting even closer to replicating the land-based casino experience.
The biggest draw of online casinos is the convenience that is provided to players. Casinos are not very common structures, usually confined to gambling capitals like Atlantic City and Las Vegas. This usually means that gaming fans have to travel fairly far to get to a decent casino. Players must plan the trip, rent a car (or book a flight) and travel across the country just to be able to play their favourite casino games. With online casinos, the casino is brought to you. There’s no travelling involved so you don’t have to spend money on gas. This way, you have an extra $50 to spend on slots, roulette, blackjack or any casino game of your choice!
Secondly, online casinos are fully customizable to suit your needs. You can deposit money using the currency you are most comfortable with, you can adjust the audio and visual settings and you can pick exactly which games you would like to play.
This is perfect for beginners who simply want to get their feet wet, offering a low-pressure alternative to going to a land-based casino. This is also great for veterans, who want to try rare games. Many land-based casinos are selective about the games that they offer, but at online casinos, you can find virtually any game!