Back in the 1990s gambling online was often referred to as the ‘Wild West’ days, fast forward to today its become a high-regulated multi-billion dollar per year business. In this article we’re going to tell you why we believe online casinos offer their patrons better deals than their brick-and-mortar cousins. By no means are we out to slate land casinos we’re just going to draw comparisons as to why they offer players better deals.
One area where an online or virtual casino can never compete with a land casino is the sites and sounds they offer. Take for instance the world’s gambling Mecca better known as Las Vegas. The Vegas Strip is packed to the rafters with casinos, restaurants, vibrant night life and various other forms of adult entertainment known to man. One can say it’s a once in lifetime opportunity and if we can coin the phrase ‘Sin City’, unfortunately it also comes at a steep price. If you’re from abroad you must purchase a plane ticket, set costs aside for a hotel room, food, live shows and some money for gambling. Obviously this depends on how long you plan on staying, one thing’s for certain the longer you stay the more expensive it becomes.
Most Vegas Casinos have a dark side to them which we’re not going to discuss because it’s outside the scope of this piece. I’m sure many folk can say the same thing about cyber casinos. A key feature of the modern online casino is regulation which incorporates various world-class jurisdictions like the UKGC (United Kingdom Gambling Commission), the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA), Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Alderney and Curacao. These are the most popular and important ones to us. The framework these jurisdictions compel casinos to operate under are extensive and they only have one thing in mind…player safety. Thing is a license doesn’t come cheap and operators who wish to set up offices in these jurisdictions must jump through a bunch of legal hoops before they’re issued with one.
Why Online Casinos Are Better?
If you visit the websites of the the best online casinos to play at you’ll notice that they offer hundreds of casino games by the best software providers (Betsoft, Play N’ Go, Quickspin, Bally, Microgaming, NetEnt, Yggdrasil etc.). New players are welcomed with bonuses on deposit while regular depositors can avail of comps, rebate on their losses, regular promotions where cash prizes can be won, free spins and VIPs are rolled into a rewards program with added benefits. Try getting the same perks at a land-based casino? Truth be told land casinos do offer perks such as a free drink or two, a free meal, maybe the casino management will set you up in a room for the night but that’s as far as it goes.
When it comes to responsible gaming online casinos are light years ahead of land casinos. Each operator must have a dedicated ‘Responsible Gambling’ page with the necessary self-help tools like session, deposit limits, sites where problem gamblers can get free counseling (Gamblers Anonymous) and a self-exclude option. The latter option is known as a cooling off period. Players can ask the casino to ‘ban’ them from the casino for a day, a few weeks, months to indefinite. Each operator licensed by the British Gambling Commission must monitor their problem gamblers and report them to the UKGC as well as the necessary steps they’ve taken to help them. Failure to comply can result in hefty fines and they can lose their licenses.
Another advantage is the slot games of online casinos, their RTPs (return to player percentages) are way better (above 97%) than those found on the floors of land casinos. Players get free spins bonuses and various other incentives to play them. Terrestrial casinos offer their patrons player cards but we’re pretty confident that the perks offered by them aren’t near as good.
Do land casinos monitor problem gamblers? We would like to think so, suppose it swings both ways but we’re pretty confident that online casinos police their problem gamblers better. Thing is the Internet is the perfect platform to blow the whistle on an unscrupulous casino, there are dedicated gambling forums such as Casinomeister that looks after the well being of players. If an operator steps out of line by listing pirated software, bonuses with steep wagering requirements, hefty withdrawal limits, progressive jackpot wins paid in instalments and shoddy customer service, you can bet your bottom dollar that these forums will mention it.
In summary. In an ever-changing online gambling environment where new technology is at the pinnacle of innovation, the margins for error have become smaller. Gone are the days where operators shafted their players and affiliates left right and centre, there’s simply to many watchdogs patrolling the virtual highway now.
The UKGC and Malta have given the player a voice again by weeding out any discrepancies; we’re the first to admit that the industry has come a long way but it’s still got a long way to go too. Nothing beats playing from the very comfort and safety of your own home, there’s always a remote possibility that you can get mugged at a land casino. The competition among online casinos is fierce this is why they must continually sharpen up their promotions to draw in more customers. At the end of the day they’re way more player-focused than land-based venues.