Online Casino Gambling Information
Online casinos, as the name implies, are actually online versions of the “real”, physically present casinos. They may also be referred to as internet casinos or perhaps virtual casinos. They are a dream come true for gamblers, allowing them to gamble from the comfort of their homes. Based on the kind of interface offered, online casinos may be divided into two broad categories, namely casinos for download and casinos for online play. There are some casinos that may in fact offer both of these interfaces. Websites that offer casino games online, i.e. play without downloading, fall in the latter category. These games are loaded with animation, sounds and graphics. As such, they require appropriate bandwidth as well as browser plug-ins to run properly. This plug-in may be any one of the following- Macromedia Flash or Macromedia Shockwave or perhaps Java. However, in case you do not have access to any of these, you may opt for one of the few online casinos that offer these games via plain HTML interface. On the other hand, download of a software client (an application) is required to play downloadbased casino games online. This software enables connection to the service provider directly i.e. without browser support. The graphics and the sound programs of these games are built into the software client. As such, they run faster in comparison to the web-based games. They usually offer better graphics and sound too and may even run more smoothly than them. However, it has its downsides too. Firstly, the initial installation, and thereafter their installation, is quite timeconsuming. Secondly, as it involves downloading from the internet, it carries the inherent risk of malware. An online casino offers a wide range of online games. Typically their selection comprises of the following games- online slot games (online push-and-go slot machine); online poker (a popular card game with a number of variations); baccarat (a card game having 2 skill-based and 1 chancebased variation); blackjack (a card game also known as twenty one and based on comparison); keno(a version of the common bingo or lottery game); craps (a dice game where wagers are placed on outcome of one, or series of, dice-roll(s)); and last but not the least, roulette(wagering on a spin wheel which may be based on color or number or perhaps on odd/even number). There are some casinos that even offer “live” casino games online, where a real dealer deals the games. Blackjack and roulette are examples of games offered in the live mode. ‘Live Gaming’ is an attempt to offer a more realistic casino atmosphere online.
However, no matter how appealing the prospect of online gambling may be, the truth is that the decision to gamble online is a gamble in itself. This can be attributed to the various reports of fraudulent behavior, on part of the casinos. The online community of casino players refers to such casinos as rogue casinos; i.e. casinos which have multiple, confirmed cases of fraud. The most common of frauds committed by these casinos include use of cheating software and refusal to pay withdrawals. Of these too, the latter is a much bigger problem than the former. It may sometimes also involve a delay in pay out by the casino. The motive behind this act is the hope that till the player gets a withdrawal he or she may continue playing and may eventually lose it all back. Some casinos use cheating software that has a rigged pay-out system. Some software have mathematically been proven to cheat. Some of these are Elka System/Oyster Gaming as well as Casino Bar. While there are others that attract players by offering a higher winning probability in free mode, as compared to paying mode. You always want to stick to reputable casinos who have a long history of operation, and avoid the brand new casinos from unknown companies. Most casino player forums and even gambling portals maintain casino blacklists i.e. a list of rogue casinos. To keep on the safe side, it is recommended to check it out before heading into any online casino gambling.