Online gambling is now well established here in Ireland, and we have plenty of choice in terms of sports gambling sites and even more options when it comes to playing gambling games online. All the first online gambling sites were set up by the big bookmakers and as you would expect they were all targeted at their sports gambling customers, but setting up an internet site capable of covering a wide range of sports gambling options and handling the necessary financial transactions was a very expensive exercise and they needed to maximise their returns on that investment. That desire to get the most out of their online gambling investment was what prompted the bookmakers to begin to add a few gambling games to their sports gambling sites, which in turn began a whole new area of online gambling which we now refer to as online casino gambling. All the high street bookmakers now operate very comprehensive online gambling sites featuring a wide range of sports gambling options and a large number of gambling games, and they have been joined in the online gambling sector by several internet only bookmakers offering a similar range of online gambling options. Clearly the fact that all these bookmakers are operating in the online gambling sector gives us a pretty good choice when it comes to deciding where we want to spend our money, but when it comes to playing online gambling games there is now even more choice because the bookmakers have been joined in that sector by a number of specialist online casino gambling operators concentrating solely on providing us with a range of new and exciting gambling games, rather than attempting to cover every area of online gambling. These specialist online casino gambling sites have vastly increased the number and range of gambling games we can now play online, and it often seems as if more and more games are being added every day. Most of the online gambling games are of course slots games or video slots, but we also now have access to almost all the traditional casino games found in casinos across the world many of which most of us have never before had the opportunity to play. Casino gambling games such as roulette and blackjack are generally available in all the casinos we are likely to have visited in this part of the world, but most of us are unlikely to have had the chance to play other traditional gambling games such as baccarat or craps.
Whilst it is generally accepted that the slots games are the most popular online gambling games, that does not mean that the more traditional casino gambling games have not played an important role in the increasing popularity of playing casino games online. In fact for many of the first players to sign up to the idea of playing gambling games online it was the traditional casino gambling games which attracted their attention rather than the slots. Games such as baccarat for instance were generally thought to be well beyond our reach even if we had the opportunity to play, because of its reputation as a difficult game played mainly by rich high rollers. Now that we can all play baccarat at any of the online casino gambling sites it has become clear that the reputation that baccarat was extremely complicated is actually totally wrong. It’s true that the rules of baccarat are a little complicated but the players do not actually need to know the rules to play the game. All we have to do when playing baccarat is to predict which of just two hands will win because the game is controlled solely by the dealer who is the only one who needs to know the rules. Most of the traditional casino gambling games are in fact relatively easy to play after a few trial runs, with roulette and craps for example very similar in concept and presenting no real problems once you have found your way around the multiple betting options and where to place your bets. There is one traditional gambling game which does require a bit more thought and experience though, and that is the game of backgammon. As with every other casino gambling game there is an element of luck in backgammon because the number of moves a player has for each turn is defined by the throw of two dice. The skill lies in how the players move their checkers around the board in response to the moves they are allowed, and that is where experience eventually counts. It is generally recognised that the more experienced backgammon player is more likely to beat a less experienced player in the long run. There is of course another traditional casino gambling game in which experience can prove to be as important as luck, and that is the game of poker. Of all the traditional gambling games we can now play online poker has undoubtedly become the most popular among serious fans of playing online casino gambling games. Ever since the first online casino gambling sites were introduced the number of people regularly playing online poker has increased dramatically and in fact continues to increase to this day. There are now several specialist online poker platforms available to Irish poker fans, all of which offer them the chance to try their luck and their skill against other players, but that is not the only effect that online gambling has had on the growth of poker. There are now so many serious poker players that even the big poker tournaments that used to be the sole preserve of professional players are now often oversubscribed, and many now run qualifying rounds for players to win a place in the main event. We have so far only discussed the popular traditional casino gambling games in this article, but in terms of sheer numbers it is of course the slots games which dominate almost every online casino gambling site. Most internet gambling sites now feature well over a hundred different slots games and many offer considerably more.