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Free Play Facility at Online Casinos

November 20, 2009

All online casinos allow players to play for free. Such players also have to register at the casino but the procedure is usually much simpler. The players are given a fixed amount in their casino account with which they can play the various games on offer. When the amount gets used up they can replenish it with further play money. Obviously the players cannot withdraw this money. Most online casinos allow players to wager at all games except where there is interaction with real money players. Therefore free play players cannot wager at games with progressive jackpots. The reason being that if they hit the jackpots than they would ruin the fun for real money players. Free play players also cannot participate in online tournaments and promotions offered by the online casinos. Some online casinos restrict certain features for free play. For example the Auto Play feature is not allowed in free play games at online casinos powered by Rival Gaming software.

The question arises as to why online casinos allow playing for free. It is because they have nothing to lose. It does not cost to them anything extra. The cost of the licensing of the software and other operating expenses are fixed costs. These will be incurred by the online casino whether or not it allows players to play for free. Online casinos have figured out that a proportion of players who start playing for free ultimately end up playing with real money. Hence in the long run online casinos benefit by allowing players to play for free without losing anything in the short term.

Players obviously derive benefit from being able to play for free at online casinos. However different types of players benefit in different ways. There are players who have heard of online gambling and want to know what it is all about. It is a curiosity that they want to satisfy and nothing more, at least in the beginning. Being able to wager for free allows them to get some idea of what is involved in online gambling. Some of these players may start enjoying online gambling and they want to continue with it. They could be happy playing for free and have no intention of betting with real money. Alternatively they might desire of the wagering with real money but may be afraid of getting addicted and hence continue playing for free.

There are players who from the beginning intent to start wagering with real money. However they lack the experience of playing at online casinos. For such players playing for free offers an opportunity for getting familiar with the operations of online casinos and the rules of the various games. They are able to judge which games pay out more and which pay out less. They are also able to test their skill level in games like blackjack and video poker, where the payout depends on their making optimal moves. Once they are comfortable and confident in the free play mode they can switch over to real money wagering.

Finally, regular real money wagerers may also want to play in the free play mode from time to time. A new online casino game may have been launched which they want to test out before playing with real money. Or they may want to try out a new strategy in a skill-based casino game before employing it in real money wagering. Under such circumstances real money players often to switch to the free play mode whenever they feel the need to.

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