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Advantage of Innovations in Online Casinos

January 01, 2010

When advantages of online casinos over land-based casinos are enumerated it is usually advantages like playing from home, playing at any time of the day, not having to dress formally and not playing in an intimidating atmosphere that are listed. One of the most important advantages of online casinos is the innovations that they foster. In the last 10 years online casinos have evolved at a mind-boggling pace whereas land-based casinos are practically where they were. This advantage of online casinos is rarely mentioned. This article points out how the innovations in online casinos have provided an advantage to players over their and land-based counterparts.

Online casinos can be more innovative because they run on software which is easier to manipulate than physical devices like roulette wheels or craps tables. With software the innovations are limited only by the minds of the software developers. One of the first innovations in online casinos was the establishment of global progressive jackpot networks. Players playing on an online slot game anywhere in the world would add to the jackpot amount. By comparison the land-based progressive jackpot networks operate in restricted areas. However, the real advantage of online progressive jackpots is that they have been extended to games other than slots. It is inconceivable that games like roulette and blackjack in land casinos run progressive jackpot wagers. On the other hand there is practically no game category in online casinos that does not offer some games with progressive jackpots.

In land casinos players can wager at only one game at a time. It is physically impossible to be at two tables at the same time. In online casinos players do not go to the games but the games come to the players. Most online casino software packages allow for multiple windows opening simultaneously in which players can wager at different games. Thus while the roulette wheel is spinning players can enjoy a quick hand of blackjack. Even in single windows players can take advantage of multiplayer games and wager at more than one hands at a time. Whereas this is common in card games, WagerWorks has come up with an innovative roulette format in which the same set of wagers is played on three independently spinning roulette wheels.

In land casinos it is the casino that dictates the speed of the game and the player has to comply. In online casinos the player is king. He can play as slowly as he wants without receiving threatening glares or being penalized. However the real advantage is not in playing more slowly but in playing more quickly than in land casinos. Innovative features like Auto Play allow players to wager at speeds inconceivable in land casinos. Cards can be dealt and payouts settled instantaneously in online casinos, whereas the same processes take up time in land based casinos.

In the latest innovations in online casinos the skill factor is also taken care of. Players, who are not experts, often lose out in games like blackjack or Pai Gow poker because they do not possess the requisite skill. Most online casino software packages today incorporate the optimum strategies into the software. This allows players to depend on the software to make the best moves. For example strategy cards are provided in blackjack games and players can split cards in Pai Gow poker using the House Way. Hence they need not lose out on account of their not being skilled enough. And this is a big advantage.

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