were the first bets placed online?
do online casinos get their software from?
many online casinos are there?
many people gambling online?
is the world's biggest online casino?
regulates internet casinos - where are they licensed?
games are offered at online casinos?
do game returns compare online?
how do I start playing online?
it easy to play for real money?
safe is it depositing money with an online casino?
game outcomes random?
can you be sure the software is not cheating you?
are winnings paid?
it legal to gamble online?
the subsidiary of Cryptologic signed up its first licensee,
Inter Casino . That same year,
Inter Casino began
taking bets online,
laying claim to being the net's first operational casino
accepting real money wagers online.
were hot on their heals
and also claim to be the first to accept bets online.
Both casinos are still running and have customers numbering
in the millions.
many players don't know is that most online casinos are powered software
licensed from one of a small number of online casino software
developers. Very few casinos actually un on proprietary
are quite a few software vendors now peddling their wares to the online
casino industry, but a large portion of online casinos run on one of a
small number of software products. The industry's major software
developers are Cryptologic,
Time Gaming .
study released in March 2001 by analysts Bear Sterns suggested that
there were between 1,200 and 1,400 sites accepting real money wagers
online. This number grew to an estimated peak of 2,000 sites in
2003. Since then growth has stagnated, with many believing that
the market has reached a saturation point.
As at 2009, the number of online casinos remains at around 2,000.
It seems the market has determined how many casinos are able to
operate profitably online.
growth in the number of online casinos has stagnated, the number of
online poker rooms has sky rocketed. From 1 in 2002, to around 250
by the end of 2004, poker rooms have definitely been the growth
area although as with casinos this this industry will eventually settle
down with the market determining how many poker rooms can successfully
exist. As 2009, this number is around 500.
a similar time, (PRNewswire
22 March 2001) claimed that
approximately 8 million people had already gambled with real money
online at that time.
survey conducted by 888.com in Britain in February 2005 revealed that
the amount staked online by British players increased almost six-fold in
the year since late 2003. Results of the same survey also revealed
that almost 40% of British online players were women, representing a far
greater proportion than in traditional 'off-line' gambling.
growth on online wagering has been experienced recently in the area of
online poker play. According
to PokerPulse.com, a staggering $300 million is now bet daily at
online poker rooms. This compares to only $11 million daily just 5 years ago.
In the same period, active player numbers have grown from
83,000 to 1.9 million!
If player number is your measure, then the clear
They claim to have signed up over 7 million players since
launching in 1996! And with an annual advertising
budget of $35 million this number isn't altogether
terms of games offered, one of the biggest names would
with over 400 games offered.
It has been estimated that up
to 20% of all Internet casinos currently accepting bets are
to operate online casinos or sports books are issued by the Governments
of a number countries, mainly in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands.
Antigua Barbuda, St Kitts, Vanuatu, and the Dominican Republic are
notable licensing jurisdictions for Internet gambling operators.
Other countries such as South Africa and certain EU countries are
investigating licensing options. Australia recently
legislated to allow the operation of Australian based casinos and sports
books subject to restrictions regarding the acceptance of bets from
Government legislated to regulate 'remote' gambling operations and
offer licenses to online operators. France is tipped to follow
the UK lead.
a minimum, we would suggest that you only gamble at licensed online
casinos. Most casinos that are licensed will display their license
details on the site.
its offered at a traditional casino, it'll be offered online. From
traditional table and card games to player versus player poker, progressive
games, bingo/keno, and a diverse range of slots, online casinos offer an
bigger online casinos have well over 400 games to choose from, including over a
dozen progressive games with jackpots hitting the $5million mark regularly.
like in traditional casinos, when playing online you will find a
significant difference in returns from one game to the next. As a
general rule, low skill games such as slots and keno have large house
edges, while games involving a degree of player skill, and scope for
optimal playing strategy, have small house edges when played
well. For more details on returns by game, visit our returns
easy really. You simply download the free casino software and
follow the start-up instructions. Many casinos also offer
no-download versions, so you can play directly from your browser without
having to download.
playing for real money online, you will need to open an account by
depositing money with the casino. This can be done in a variety of
ways. Most common is credit card, but there are many other ways
you can fund your casino account, including NeTeller, wire transfer,
prepaid ATM just to name a few. For a full list of deposit
methods, and which casinos accept them, check out our deposit
all online casinos, and certainly all listed at Casinos Page.com use 128 bit encryption security
to transfer information and funds confidentially and securely.
128-bit encryption is the web standard for secure transactions, and the
same level of security used by major financial institutions and e-tailers
to guarantee secure transactions online..
look out for the padlock icon on the right site of your browser window
online casinos have their return to player data across all games audited
by PwC , eCOGRA or some other independent auditor. In fact, all casino running on Microgaming software must
undertake mandatory eCOGRA audits of payouts every month. You will
find a payout certificate detailing the outcome of the audit for
winnings can be paid in in a variety of ways. Bank draft is a
common method, and direct payments to your virtual wallet (eg NeTeller)
are also an option.
a full discussion of legal issues relating to online gambling, check
out our online
gambling legal issues page.
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