Gambling is still a pretty mysterious impulse in human psyche, but it is known well enough to be exploited to the maximum by casino owners and providers of internet gaming. We currently live in a transitional period when classic land-based casinos still dominate in this multi-billion industry, but also in the days when online content becomes more and more popular to numbers of interested customers world wide.
This rise in popularity and the staggering increase of profits started back in the mid 1990s, or to be precise, in and around 1995. This was the time when a crucial law was passed in a small Caribbean island country of Antigua and Barbuda which allowed real money gambling on internet websites, and when first software companies were founded. Also, the first online casino was established in that period – according to most sources it was the famous Gaming Club.
In those first days there was not much concern for safety and possibilities of fraud or theft. A lot of online casinos worked in pretty unregulated terms in those pioneer days but things were changing slowly. With the increase in customers came questions of safety and security protocols. Several countries saw this as an opportunity and assigned government agencies to regulate and authorize this business. Most famous of those jurisdictions today are Malta, Gibraltar, Curacao, Isle of Man, Kahnawake, and many others. Also, internet casinos developed a system of independent, third party entity that serves the role of online police force and whose job is to ensure fair play environment. eCOGRA (Seal of Approval) is the most respected type of this protection today and is already enjoying a kind of legendary status.
Those jurisdictions would not have much work to do if it weren’t for companies that power gambling platforms and create games in the first place – software providers. They are the ones who do almost everything what needs to be done in order for the customer to enjoy his or her gaming experience. Ever since the 1990s when the first ones were created (Microgaming, 1995), software companies have been engaged in ruthless battle for clients and profit. This, on the other hand, was beneficial to a common every day user because the games had to be better and better in order to beat off the heavy competition. There is great number of this type of companies, but some of the names with longest history and biggest range of casinos and games are Microgaming, Playtech, NetEnt, Real Time Gaming, Betsoft, etc.
Advancements in technology and computer science have also made huge impact on internet gambling since online casinos nowadays offer enormous range of games and types of betting. “Traditional” games are still the preferred way of entertainment for most users, with games like slots, poker, blackjack, baccarat, roulette and craps being the most played. Even those games are “upgraded” an offer different variations and many creative themes and visual background. Online casinos usually offer the option of choosing whether you would like to play for real money or just for fun, i.e. with virtual money credits or just for practice.
No matter what type of game you prefer you should always select your online casino with care, and when you are sure that all safety protocols are followed you can relax and enjoy the wonderful gaming experience of internet gambling.