critics of online casinos would concede that the internet has provided
gambling companies with the ideal mechanism for offering their product
to customers. As a means of playing casino games for real money,
it offers a convenience and flexibility that is unparalleled. But
it also raises a lot of real and potential negatives.
Here are some
pros and cons of online gambling that we have experienced. It is
worth noting that a number of the cons are avoidable with a little bit
of knowledge about the industry.
This is the obvious one. I mean, Vegas is great, but its not
like you can bring it to your living room or office. Online
casinos allow you to play for real money from the comfort of your home
or office, with no need to incur the cost (both $ and time) of getting
to and from a casino, or the costs of staying at a casino (food, accommodation
etc). Many people around the world are not able to access
terrestrial casinos at all, so online casinos provide them with their
only practical access to safe real money gaming.
Online casinos allow you to play your chosen game in private,
without the distractions of a busy gaming room. And you never face
the annoyance of not being able to play because the tables offering a
minimum bet acceptable to you are full. Of course should you want to interact with
others, you can do this provided you play at a multi-play casino, but
otherwise it is just you and the dealer.
When you play online, your account balance, and therefore your net
win or loss at any given point of time is clearly displayed to
you. You know exactly how much you have won or lost, and (at a
good casino) how you have won or lost it, since play history reports are
readily available. By comparison, the typical terrestrial casino
experience is less controlled and transparent.
speed of play...
Ever felt rushed or flustered while playing at a full blackjack
table...especially if you're no expert? When playing any game at
an online casino, you control the game speed. You can play a hand
every 10 seconds, or every 5 minutes. This gives you the
flexibility to take your time and make the right decisions and not be rushed into any
bets. Online casinos are actually a great place to learn a
particular casino game.
Almost all online casinos offer unlimited free play of their
games. This gives you an excellent chance to either learn how to
play a particular game, or to familiarise yourself with the casinos game
software. Very few terrestrial casinos offer a free play option.
If you haven't played at an online casino you will be amazed at the
realistic 3D graphics and smooth simulated games that are offered.
This applies especially to casinos which license software from the industries
leading casino software developers such as
One of the most powerful attributes of the internet is its ability
to present users with many easily accessible options in a given area of
enquiry. This promotes strong competition between web businesses
competing for new customers, and as a consequence, great deals for those
customers. The online casino industry is no exception, with a 1000
or so casinos competing fiercely for their share of the online gambling
market by offering great sign up bonuses. It is not unusual for
internet casinos to offer 100% sign up
bonuses...ie deposit $100 and you
get given $100 free.
offering over $1000 in initial deposit bonuses, include:
Many online casinos now have their return to player rates audited by
big 4 accounting firms (most notably PriceWaterhouseCoopers) or other
organisatins like eCOGRA. You
can therefore see how much players were returned in prior months at
these casinos. Returns are generally verified in the range 96% to
99% at these casinos, proving that the returns offered by these casinos
are every bit as good, if not better, than those offered at any terrestrial casino.
The better online casinos offer enormous game ranges. There is
one casino (7
games to choose from. So if you thought your options
would be restricted playing online then think again.
trust the operator...
Because the online casino industry is largely self regulated, and
there are so many operators out there, many people are justifiably
concerned with the trustworthiness of the various casino
operators. And the alarming consideration is that you have no
realistic and practical avenue of recourse in the event that an internet
casino does cheat you some how. If, for example, a casino based in
the Dominican Republic was to refuse to pay out your $500 account, then
even if there was some way that you could legally enforce your rights (
which is unlikely), it would not be worth the cost and effort to do
so. And its not like you can damage the reputation of some of
these casinos by bringing their unscrupulous operating practices to
public attention because quite simply they do not have a reputation that
can be damaged.
The moral of
the story here is yes, some online casinos should not be touched.
It should also be said though, that this con does not apply to
all online casinos. The majority of online casinos do have
reputations that they are proud of and that they are very careful to
keep in tact. Casinos that I have played at for over a year now,
without complaint, are listed
The great thing about a gambling windfall at a terrestrial casino is
that you walk away with real cash. One of the things I dislike
most about online casinos is the time taken to receive your winning
check. As I don't live in North America, I have to wait between 1
and 2 weeks before receiving my winnings in the mail. Presumably
payout time for US residents would be 2 to 4 days, which isn't bad, but
certainly doesn't compare with cash in your pocket straight
It should be
said that a number of casinos offer instant payment to your credit card
account but only to the value of your initial deposit. You'll
still have to wait for your winnings I'm afraid. A handful of
casinos also offer payment by wire transfer directly into your bank
account...but this generally costs you a small fee.
If you love the excitement of the casino gaming room and interaction
with other players, then online casinos might fail to win you
over. As much as they try to replicate the online gambling
experience with casino sounds, multi-play tables and flashy graphics,
they will never truly replicate the real life casino gaming room.
This is one that I haven't experienced a great deal, but I'm sure it
could give rise to some frustration. Delays in getting set up for
those of you with slow connections could also be frustrating. All
quality operators have 24/7 customer support who are very quick to
respond to problems. On the odd occasion that I do experience
delays, (eg long download) I cheer myself up by imagining having to
drive to the casino and find a parking spot!