Access to the internet has undoubtedly now become an essential element in most of our lives, both in our work environment and also in how many of us choose to manage our daily lives away from work. Even how we spend our leisure time is often dependent on our ability to access information online and to communicate with organisers of events we might enjoy. The internet can of course also provide us with entertainment directly, with online gambling as an obvious example. It is now more than twenty years since some of the big bookmakers introduced their customers to online sports gambling, and it was not long after that the first gambling games began to appear online heralding the beginning of what we now refer to as online casino gambling. Clearly the ability to do their sports gambling online as opposed to needing to visit a high street betting shop is a very welcome advantage of the internet for many sports gambling fans, but most of them would not generally need to spend a great deal of time on an online sports gambling site in order to place their bets. Playing gambling games online however is a totally different way to use the internet, and has become a popular modern leisure activity which is clearly totally dependent on access to the internet. When the big bookmakers came up with the idea of introducing a few gambling games onto their sports gambling sites, they did so in order to encourage their customers spend that bit more time online and therefore perhaps spend a bit more money. What actually happened is that they soon realised that there was a whole new audience open to the idea of playing gambling games online, so they began to add more and more games and as a result the online casino gambling sector we know today quickly became a reality. In retrospect the appeal of playing gambling games from the comfort of our own homes should probably have been obvious when you consider that our real casinos were already very popular among the people who had reasonably easy access to one of them. The game of bingo was also still hugely popular in spite of our bingo clubs suffering from the introduction of the smoking ban, and who doesn’t enjoy a little flutter on a slot machine now and again. There was undoubtedly already a large potential fan base for online casino gambling, and judging by the speed at which the online casino gambling sector has grown over the years that fan base continues to get bigger. There are a number of advantages to be had when operating an online casino gambling site as opposed to a real casino, not least of which is of course the absence of the floor space restrictions suffered by all our real casinos here in Ireland. The online casino gambling site operators were therefore not restricted to offering just roulette and blackjack from among the popular traditional casino gambling games, they were also able to feature games such as baccarat, backgammon and even craps, none of which were readily available in our real casinos. All these traditional casino gambling games are of course extremely popular in many other parts of the world, so there was no reason to doubt that they would also prove popular here in Ireland. While we’re discussing the advantages that online casino gambling sites have over their land based rivals we should not forget the fact that they are also able to offer us the opportunity to play their gambling games for much lower stakes than any real casinos or bingo clubs could possibly afford to do. Clearly yet another factor in the continuing success of online casino gambling.
There is another traditional gambling game which has been very important in the development of online casino gambling and that is the game of poker. Poker is clearly a gambling game which dates back quite a long way in our history, but over the years it had lost some of its appeal and had become a game played by very few people on a regular basis. The introduction of online poker however has attracted huge support for the game right across the world, to such an extent that almost every poker tournament is now oversubscribed. These poker tournaments used to be the preserve of professional poker players, but that is no longer the case and enthusiastic amateurs now often outnumber the professionals. Of all the traditional gambling games which can now be played online, poker is rapidly becoming one of the most popular. Serious poker players usually concentrate on the Texas Hold’em format of poker because this is the version of poker used for almost all of the major tournaments around the world, but every online casino gambling site also offers a range of other poker games all of which can be played for small stakes against the house.
We have already pointed out that bingo fans have also taken to the idea of playing their favourite game online, and as with poker there are now also several alternative numbers games available on most casino gambling sites. Last but not least we cannot discuss playing gambling games online without examining the huge range of slots games and video slots featured on every online casino gambling site. The majority of the gambling games featured on every online casino site are slots games in various forms, and we are reliably informed that the slots are by far the most popular gambling games played online. One would assume that the main reason for that is that they require no skill or experience to play, as well as being very quick. Many slots games also have rolling jackpots which provide very big prizes in some cases, and they can all be played for very small stakes and many sites even offer regular opportunities for free spins and other promotions on their slots games. Since gambling games were first introduced online the variety of games has increased hugely and the online casino gambling sites now cater for almost every taste.