Online casino is also known as virtual casino or internet casino. It is a prolific form of online version of traditional casinos. It enables gamblers to play through internet. They generally offer higher payback percentages than land based casinos. Some online casinos claim that they give higher payback percentage for slot machine guns and some online casinos publish their payout percentage on their website. There is some random number generator; table games like blackjack have an established house edge. Their payout percentages are established by the rules of the games. Many online casinos give rent or buy from companies like crypto logic Inc (now Amaya), International game technology, Macro gaming, Playtech and real time gaming. Some popular online casino games are: baccarat, blackjack, roulette, craps, sicbo, poker, keno, bingo and slot machines.
There are many types of online casinos such as:
1. Web based online casinos:
Web based online casinos where users play casino games without downloading software. These require browser plugin macromedia flash, macromedia shockwave or java, require browser support for this, require bandwidth for graphics, sounds and animations. They are loaded through web via plugin. Some online casinos allow game play through HTML interface.some apple devices like iPod, iPad and iPhone cannot play flash games as the technology is not supported.
2. Download based online casinos:
Download based online casinos require downloading of the software client in order to play .the online casino software connects to casino service provider and handles contact without browser support. It runs faster than web based online casinos because the graphics and sound programs are done by software client unlike web based online casinos that have to be loaded from internet. Download based online casino takes time to download and also have the risk of malware.
3. Virtual casino games:
The outcome of each game of virtual casino games is dependent on the data produced by a Pseudo Random Number Generator (PRNG). PRNGs helps to determine the order of the cards, the outcome of dice throw, results produced by the spinning of slot machine or roulette wheel. PRNGs use a set of mathematical instructions known as algorithms to give an impression of true randomness. This ensures that games are both fair and unpredictable. The player has to trust that software as the inner workings are invisible to the user. This concept works very well for single player games but it is more complicated for multi player games like poker because the house could plant a player that has full knowledge of the cards and could cheat the player.
4. Live dealer casino games:
In a live casino game a dealer runs the game in real time from a casino gaming table that can be seen via live streaming video link. They communicate with the dealer using a text chat function. The outcome of physical transactions like roulette wheel spin, dealing of cards are translated into data that can be utilized by the means of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. This helps the player in such a way that they can interact with the game much the same way as virtual casino game. These games are expensive for websites as they involve heavier investment in technology and staffing. It employs one or more cameraman, several croupiers for running the game, an information technology manager to deal with technical hitches that acts as an adjudicator in case of disputes between players and croupiers. In other cases it requires three rooms set up that comprises live studio, a server/software room and an analyst’s room. Unlike other online casino games live dealer casino games involves high running costs. For this reason online casinos only tend to offer popular games like asroulette, blackjack, sicbo and baccarat. But its running costs are low compared to other online casino games.
Many online casinos offer sign up bonuses for new players making their first deposit and often on play. This is done to attract a new player at the same time the player has to wager a certain minimum amount before they are allowed to withdraw. Casinos can restrict certain games from fulfilling the wagering requirements to restrict from playing low wage games or risk free play. There are welcome bonuses that are first deposit ever made in casino or casino group. There are referral bonuses. It is of two types: one for referee and one for the referrer. The referee gets bonus when he/she registers an account at the casino and mentions the referrer. The referrer gets bonus when referee completes all the requirements such as making deposits and wagering. There are other such minor bonuses like cash back or insurance bonuses, no deposit bonuses, on cashable bonuses.
There is also fraudulent behavior of online casino operator. The most commonly reported behavior is refusal to pay withdrawals to legitimate winners. They are often called rogue casino. Countries like Belgium, Canada, Finland, and Sweden have state gambling monopolies and do not grant licenses to foreign casino operators. According to their law, the operators that have license on the territory of their own countries is considered legal.