Yes, the biggest difference between an online casino and a land-based casino is obvious. One of them sits in your home (or your pocket) 24/7, while the other is an actual physical business.
But when it comes to the experiences, features and benefits of the two, there are subtler difference is that often go overlooked.
Is it true to say that either online casinos or real-life casinos are superior? Not at all – it depends entirely on your own personal preferences. Even so, there are certain perks and privileges when playing online you simply cannot access in a conventional casino.
For those who instinctively assume the real-life casino experience is ‘better’, here are six reasons why a rethink may be called for:
1 – Game Availability
First up, game availability in even the biggest land-based casino will always be limited. The small the casino, the higher the likelihood you’ll be waiting in line to play your preferred games. You may even find that some of the games you hoped to play aren’t in the establishment, due to its restricted size.
Playing online means gaining access to a (literally) limitless array of cutting-edge casino experiences and all-time classics. The beauty of a virtual roulette table, for example, is that there are no limitations on how many people can play.
Online casinos are also where you tend to find the more diverse, if not experimental games before they hit the mainstream. If looking for something a little out of the ordinary, online casino gaming is where it’s at.
2 – Opening Hours and Peak Times
Neither of these things technically apply with an online casino. At least, with a decent online casino that can handle peak demand at certain hours of the day. Online casinos are open 24/7, and you never have to worry about them being too busy.
This can be particularly useful for those who simply like to ‘dip’ in and out of their preferred games on a sporadic basis. You get instant access to all the games you like, you never have to stand in line, and you don’t have to worry about the place being horrendously crowded.
With a popular casino in the real world, you have to be extremely strategic with the timing of your visits. Get it right and you’re in for some serious fun, get it wrong and you’ll be lucky to get a single wager placed at any of its tables.
3 – Bonuses and Rewards
With traditional casinos, comps are handed out in the form of free drinks, discounted meals and loyalty schemes. All of which can be great if you’re a regular customer, or if you plan on spending a fair amount of money.
Meanwhile, virtual casino customers are lavished with generous rewards and incentives from day one. Simply for signing up in the first place, you could be handed an epic quantity of bonus credit to play with. Not to mention, a whole bunch of free spins, cash-back rewards and other goodies to keep you sweet.
Of course, bonus credit is not the same as free money. There’s no such thing as free money casino gaming is concerned – incentives in general exist to get you to spend more of your money. But when it comes to introductory rewards and welcome bonuses, online casinos are pretty much unbeatable.
4 – Cheap and Free Gaming
Some land-based casinos cater to those who are not out to spend a great deal of money. Depending on where you head, you could be looking at minimum stakes at the blackjack table of £5. You might even be able to bet on a few spins of the roulette wheel for £1 a go.
But these kinds of budget-friendly casinos tend to be few and far between. Elsewhere, you cannot realistically expect to enjoy a decent session without £50-£100 in your pocket. For those looking to spend significantly less than this and still have a good time, heading online is the way to go.
Playing at online casinos opens the door to a world of epic action, combined with the option of super-low wagers. You can play for pennies, and there’s even the option of playing for free. Online casinos are predominantly software-powered, so it’s of no consequence to them how little you spend. Just as long as you eventually spend something, that’s good enough for them.
5 – Comfort and Confidence
Nobody would deny that crowded casinos can be intimidating places. They can also be packed with the kinds of annoying and infuriating folks you’d rather steer clear of.
One of the biggest benefits of gambling online is how you get to call the shots in full. You can wear what you like, and you can behave how you like. You don’t have to worry about being judged or irritated by other patrons, aside from the members of your own household.
This can be particularly reassuring for newcomers to gambling, for whom heading out to a real-life casino for the first time can be a daunting prospect.
6 – A Gentler Learning Curve
Last up, learning to gamble online as a newcomer can be so much easier than learning the ropes at a real-life casino. For one thing, you don’t have to worry about slowing down the action at the table, or looking like a rank amateur. You also don’t have to worry about making mistakes, as software-powered games make it impossible to stray from the rulebook.
Coupled with the option of playing 100% risk-free with no money on the table, learning the basics online simply makes sense. After which, you will be in a much better position to hit your local casino with complete confidence.
First of all, some of the better online casinos are packed with helpful resources, FAQs, tutorials and more. You can even download and/or print helpful strategy guides for games like blackjack, so you know exactly what to do with the cards you’re dealt. Not the kind of thing you would be handed in a real-life casino, for obvious reasons!
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