Much of our lives these days is computer driven and what drives the computer is the software. In the gambling world software is used in a variety of places some of which might be surprising. For example even the bookmakers at the track use a computer to calculate the exposure they have to any particular horse or dog winning based on the bets taken which in turn enables them to lay off bets with other bookmakers if they don’t like the risk. In online gambling we expect software to play a major part as without it there would be no gambling online but even here there are major differences between sports gambling software and online casino software. Online sports gambling started off simply enough but as additional features have been added such as in play betting or all the spot bets which are available at sports such as cricket or football it has become increasingly complicated. The result has been that major sports gambling companies have armies of people engaged in developing and improving software to give them a competitive edge. Casino software has however taken a different route altogether and whereas in the beginning of online casinos each casino developed their own casino software, now none of them do.
As with sports gambling, customers have demanded more and more from their online casino in terms of casino games with the result that the casino software has become more and more complicated. The simple casino slots with three reels and one winning line are a thing of the past although they are still available at CasinoLand.com and have been generally replaced by 5 reel slots with multiple winning lines. In fact many casino slots at online casinos have such complicated patterns of winning lines that without the casino software it would be virtually impossible to determine whether there was a winning line or not. Casino software creation is now in the hands of specialist companies who then market their games to the online casinos. There are large casino software companies such as Microgaming, NetEnt and Playtech and a number of smaller ones such as Amanet, NYX, Thunderkick and others. The difference between large and small is a reflection of the number of casino games they offer rather than any indication of how good they are. In fact some of the favourite casino slots of gambling.ie are written by the smaller companies. There are, of course far more online casinos than there are casino software companies so it is inevitable that the same software will be used by different online casinos which means that you can find the same casino slots at a number of online casinos but this is no problem for Irish casino players for a couple of reasons.
Firstly it means that just because you like a particular slot you do not have to remain with an online casino which you do not like which from an online casino point of view means that they have to think of something else to attract new players or keep the ones they have. The best example of that is, in the opinion of gambling.ie, to be found at nobonuscasino.com which can be accessed directly from this site and where they have come up with an excellent alternative to the standard casino bonus but more of that shortly. A second distinct advantage of several online casinos using the same software is in the area of progressive jackpot slots. There are a number of progressive jackpot slots but the largest can be found at online casinos that carry the casino software from Microgaming or NetEnt. The way progressive jackpot slots work is that each and every spin of the slot contributes a small amount to the jackpot so that logically the more spins there are the faster the jackpot will build up. Using the same logic, the more online casinos there are that carry the slot in question the more spins there will be. The jackpot itself is controlled by the casino software company rather than any of the individual online casinos so the jackpot payment is guaranteed regardless of how large or small the online casino is that you are playing at. It is easy to imagine that were this not the case a small online casino could be put out of business by a single jackpot win which would possibly mean the player getting nothing either.
This also goes some way to explaining why online casinos seem very happy when one of their players hits a very large jackpot when you might have expected them to be upset at losing so much cash. The truth is that it costs the online casino nothing and yet they can use all of the publicity to advertise that one of their players has become rich which in turn might attract new players. Talking of new players, it was mentioned earlier in this article that online casinos need to find better ways of attracting and keeping players than just the casino games on offer. Many of them seem to focus on new players to the detriment of existing players by offering special bonuses for new registrations only. This is usually in the form of a deposit match where the online casino will give a player a sum of money equivalent to the size of their first ever deposit into their casino account. There is nothing inherently wrong with this type of casino bonus but don’t be fooled into thinking that it is free money. There are always terms and conditions which give the casino a good chance of winning back the bonus before it needs to be paid out. No Bonus Casino on the other hand has a system of cash back if you lose and it is the same for every player on every deposit no matter how long you have been playing. It is actually very simple and in essence states that if you make a deposit and manage to lose that deposit on the same day it was made than 10% will be refunded the very next day as cash which is yours to do with as you wish. Definitely worth a look.