Types of Online Casinos
Most online casinos provide their players with two types of online casino software: The download version and the no-download Flash version. Both variants have their own pros and cons and understanding the differences will help players decide which one is better suited for their needs.
As the name suggests, a download casino is one where the player downloads the software to their computers while signing up at the casino. Downloading a casino takes no more than a few minutes and offer richer graphics, sound and animation leading to a better gaming experience. Download casinos offer the entire range of games available at the casino, be it slots, table games, card games or arcade games. An additional advantage is that slots, blackjack and video poker tournaments are available through the download version.
Non download casinos are usually powered by Flash technology and placed in your web browser; for example Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet and require a small Flash plug on your computer. Flash casinos are quicker to start up and can be accessed from any computer. However, most non download casinos will only offer a selection of games and many a times, these games are scaled down to work in a Flash environment. Additionally, tournaments are not usually available with a Flash casino. Such casinos are preferred by gamers using multiple computers to play with as well as those who prefer the freedom of being able to log on from any machine while download casinos are a better option for those who want a better gaming experience. Both download casinos and flash casinos offer a 'Play for Free' as well as a 'Play for Fun' option.
Other forms of casinos include mobile casino and live casino. Mobile casinos can be accessed through mobile phones on a variety of platforms however they can be very limiting as players are offered only a handful of games with low end graphics and animation. Having said that, what a mobile casino offers is true mobility and online casinos do encourage their players to try out this version with a variety of special offers.
Live casinos employ live dealers and players have the opportunity to interact with a person instead of having a random number generator deal them their cards. Live casino games typically include blackjack, roulette and baccarat.