One of the trends that have surprised long time gamblers is the runaway popularity of online casinos. In fact, online casinos see more business (in terms of money spent gambling) than their physical counterparts. This is especially true in the UK, and the larger European community. But why are online casinos so popular?
Convenience has to be the ‘number one’ reasons for the popularity of online casinos. Three decades ago, you had to drive off to the nearest casino in order to enjoy some gambling. Nowadays, all you need is an internet enabled device and a stable internet connection. Thanks to the development seen in the mobile device industry, you can now enjoy some gambling wherever you are, even while sitting in a train or while you are at the park with your children. This unprecedented level of convenience means that virtually anyone can enjoy gambling while at home.
2. Diversity of games
Even smaller online casinos offer hundreds of games to their clients. Apart from the diversity, the fact that all the games are online means that there is no waiting time. Thousands of people can play roulette at the same time, even the largest casinos in the world do not have thousands of roulette tables. This diversity means that you can usually get all the games you want from a single online casino.
Physical casinos have to focus on one aspect of gambling in order to attract a niche crowd. While some of the larger brand names can offer multiple games, they cannot match the diversity offered by online casinos. This ‘one stop shop’ approach means that you don’t have to go to multiple online casinos to sample different games.
3. Online casinos are much safer
Casinos have always suffered from the negative reputation of being ‘shady’ places to visit. Almost every time a casino is featured in a movie, there has to be a back room where errant gamblers are sent to for ‘enhanced interrogation’ by burly gangsters. While most people know that this isn’t the case, there is still some level of risk that comes with going to a casino with large sums of money and leaving with your winnings.
These fears are allayed by online casinos. No actual cash has to change hands for you to gamble online. Electronic methods of money transfer are used. You also don’t have to leave the comfort (and safety) of your home which means that you don’t have to worry about a potential mugging. This increased safety is partly responsible for the popularity of online gambling.
4. Online gambling is better regulated
When online gambling started out in the late nineties, it was a largely unregulated industry. Humans are inherently suspicious of paying money to a business entity that they have not physically interacted with, and most early adopters of online gambling have an unpleasant experience featuring fraudulent gambling sites.
But this is all a thing of the past. Thanks to increased regulation, you money is safe if you are playing with a registered online casino and well-established brands like Bet365 or LeoVegas. The games are fair, and you are guaranteed that your winnings will reach you.