In the aftermath of reports of yet another serious hacking incident in which the personal details of several hundred thousand people may have been compromised, it makes you wonder why we are apparently still happy to use the internet to help us manage our daily lives. Some of us may change our passwords every so often to help protect ourselves from the effects of this type of hacking, but what is very clear is that we are not prepared stop using the internet now that it has become such an important feature of our daily lives. Increasingly nowadays there are some things which are even becoming difficult to do without going online, such is our reliance on the internet. As for our kids, there appears to be no greater disaster than having a flat battery on a mobile phone, or worse still losing it. Reliance on one or more of the social media platforms is of course not just confined to the younger generation, we are all increasingly communicating and even getting our news using these sites. Last but not least is how the internet has changed the way many of us use our leisure time, particularly those of us who enjoy gambling on our favourite sports or playing gambling games. When the leading bookmakers decided that they could no longer ignore the internet and began to introduce their online sports gambling sites, it did not take long for a significant number of their existing customers to move towards doing all their sports gambling online rather than through the high street betting shops. Although convenience was clearly a major factor in the increasing popularity of online sports gambling, there was also significantly more choice of sports and sporting events which could be accessed and followed online. This increasing choice of gambling options was also what drove the next developments in the online gambling sector. Having invested in the technology and the software necessary to operate their online sports gambling sites, the big bookmakers began to look for ways to increase the returns on that investment and decided it would be a good idea to introduce a few gambling games to their sites. The thinking behind this decision was probably to encourage their sports gambling customers to spend more time on their sports gambling sites in the hope that they would gamble more money, but what actually happened was that a whole new online gambling sector was initiated. This introduction of online gambling games started what we now know as the online casino gambling sector, and it has grown rapidly ever since. Every online sports gambling site operated by the leading bookmakers now has a large section dedicated to a huge variety of gambling games, and these large multi-option online gambling sites have since been joined by a number of specialist casino gambling sites concentrating solely on offering an increasing variety of gambling games. The fact that playing gambling games online has become so popular should not really be that surprising, because human beings have always loved playing gambling games and many of our most popular casino games are based on games played hundreds of years ago. The in-built advantages of operating an online gambling site as opposed to a real casino, a slot machine arcade or a bingo club have also played a significant part in the success of online gambling games. An online casino gambling site has none of the space limitations associated with operating a physical gambling operation, so there are very few restrictions on how many gambling games these casino gambling sites can offer their customers.
Regular visitors to the real casinos in Ireland were almost always restricted to playing gambling games such as roulette and blackjack, with an occasional local poker tournament organised by the casino. They were not even able to play traditional casino games such as craps or baccarat, because our casinos simply did not have the necessary floor space to offer these games. The online casino gambling sites have no such limitations, and all these traditional casino gambling games can now be played on almost every site accessible here in Ireland. The same scenario can also be seen in the variety of numbers games that are now available on most online casino gambling sites. Many of these numbers games are of course clearly based on the ever popular game of bingo, so again they have appealed to an existing group of gambling enthusiasts who regularly visited their local bingo club. When discussing the appeal of online casino gambling however, we cannot ignore the huge range of slots games available on every one of the sites we can access in Ireland. These slots games are by far the biggest part of every online casino gambling site, and are undoubtedly the most popular and most played. Almost all of us have played a slot machine at some time in our lives, and they are of course mostly very easy to play. Some of the slots gambling games featured online are more complicated than those we commonly find in our pubs and clubs, but even then they take very little learning and a few free spins is probably all most people need to allow them to play the games successfully. We have discussed how the enormous range of gambling games now available at the online casino gambling sites has contributed to their success, but it is also true to say that the much smaller minimum stakes required to play these games online is another significant factor. Operating an online gambling site is clearly much cheaper than employing the croupiers or bingo callers necessary for a high street operation, and they site operators are therefore able to allow their customer to play their gambling games for much smaller stakes. It is only in the operation of the live casino option available on many online casino gambling sites that the table stakes are often at the same sort of level found in a real casino or bingo club, every other option is very much cheaper.