Online casinos are platforms for Internet games that allow one to be entertained with all the amusements found in “bricks-and-mortar,” land-based establishments. While they can be entirely free to use, online casinos also allow for handsome winnings across a truly substantial collection of games.
The first advantage of online casinos is that they do not require bulky equipment. All you need is a desktop or laptop computer or even an Android-type cell phone to try your luck at the game of your choice. Otherwise, you will naturally need a reliable Internet connection – broadband is highly recommended, since the principle of online casinos is to register with a network covering a multitude of interfaces offering their respective games. In this way, it is possible to play at online casinos everywhere and at any time, since no other instrument or object is required.
There are two distinct families of online casinos. The first category consists of downloadable casinos. These involve a free download of software that includes the ensemble of the various games and services offered by the selected operator. This step is necessary since it is followed by the individual registration of the client and because the player, of course, cannot try the games without having installed the program on his or her computer. The second category consists of direct access (in English, “instant play”) casinos, which require no downloading. These web-based casinos are offered in Flash or Java versions and unquestionably permit a savings of time.
The advantage of online casinos over land-based casinos is that they offer “savings.” In fact, it is often possible to play for free. One can thus be entertained without having to spend a single penny. This method may suit casual players. For others, the opposite is quite possible because gambling by means of virtual casinos presents its share of attractive benefits. While a deposit is sometimes required if the user wishes to create a game account in real money, online casinos almost always offer a highly attractive welcome bonus. In fact, they can double or even triple the amount of the deposit that was paid at the time of registration. Other bonuses are available and can allow a little more money to be made. Finally, the games themselves can prove to be lucrative: this is the case, for instance, of those with progressive jackpots featuring a common pot that any player can land at any moment.