The Development of Online Casinos

Online casinos have demonstrated a huge increase in popularity since their introduction around a decade ago. This growth has been controversial in some countries, particularly in the USA and some parts of Europe, where intransigent laws on gambling have been introduced in an attempt to prevent the citizens of these countries from playing online. In nearly all cases these laws have failed to achieve their objectives, and have succeeded in only driving online gambling underground.

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Ever since the birth of civilisation gambling has been a popular pursuit, and it has also always been the object of numerous laws that have sought to either ban or control it. Ultimately in most instances governments have given up their attempts to ban gambling, and have instead used it as a source of revenue by taxing it. Even now in the USA there is the realisation that hundreds of thousands of potential tax dollars are being lost by driving online gambling underground.

Online casinos have attempted to provide virtual models of real bricks and mortar casinos. They offer a similar range of games, including the usual card games such as blackjack, baccarat, and numerous versions of poker. Slots and video games are also available as are the traditional casino games such as roulette.

Since the introduction of online casinos, there have been tremendous technological developments in machines, communications and software.  In the early days most people had to put up with slow computers with limited memory, internet connections were slow and unreliable, and the software, limited by the physical resources on which it had to run, was very basic. Nowadays we enjoy amazingly sophisticated computers with high bandwidth access to a reliable internet service. As a result we can now run highly sophisticated software, and online casinos have made considerable use of this, particularly in the way the casinos are presented graphically with their advanced playing features.

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