Casinos have been around for a very long time, but since the 1990s the phenomenon of gambling online has grown meteorically – so much so that it is now played by millions every day and has become a multi-billion pound industry.
Especially since poker first went digital in 1998, online gambling has revolutionised how people place bets. Whether it’s horse racing, roulette or poker, there is now no need to leave the comfort of your own home if you want to gamble responsibly.
The main reason that online gambling has become so popular is because of its convenience. The internet allows us to gamble anywhere we have an internet connection, whether that’s on a mobile phone, laptop or desktop computer.
Before online gambling’s meteoric rise, people who wanted to gamble would have to travel to casinos, dress up and make the effort. Nowadays we can play poker or bingo while we eat, drink and watch TV, whenever we want.
It’s very rare for a physical casino to offer potential customers free money to gamble with, but the internet is awash with money bonuses for new customers. Most websites nowadays offer you a bonus for signing up and depositing money. Welcome bonuses can range from 50% of a deposit to a 100% match bonus, which you couldn’t get at brick and mortar casinos. On some sites, you can even earn points towards addition bonuses too, so the more you play, the more bonuses you will receive.
Land-based casinos are very intimidating places for beginners. If you are unsure of the rules before you play, there is nobody at a brick and mortar casino who will talk you through it and be patient while you learn the game. If you play online, you can watch video tutorials and learn the game at your own pace, which will spare you social embarrassment if you make a mistake. As well as this, a lot of online casinos have lobbies that cater for beginners so that they’re not thrown in at the deep end – this is especially helpful for new poker players.
Diversity and Huge Selection of Games
The real world doesn’t allow for us to quickly jump between games of blackjack and bingo. A land-based casino is limited to the number of games they can fit inside the building, but most online casinos host an array of games that you can play without having to move from place to place, or even website to website.
As well as this, the selection of games available on the internet is absolutely huge. With hundreds of games at your disposal, it’s impossible to get bored.
It Saves Money
Visiting a brick and mortar casino can be expensive. You generally have to pay for travel, fuel and parking and maybe drinks or food when the waitresses come over, but by playing in the comfort of your own home, none of that hassle is required.