An Online casino is an Internet site where you can play different types of casino games for real money, but if you happen to visit the real location of such casino, you will not find roulette tables with a dealer spinning the wheel.
An Internet casino exist as powerful software residing on a large-scale computers which you can access via Internet connection. Some casinos have developed their own software, but they are the exception to the rule. In fact this market is controlled by a few brand names which provide online casinos with they versions of online games.
It is also important to know that if an online casino uses a software from the well established provider, it usually will not have control over how the games play, game outcomes are dictated by various random number generation systems. This is controlled totally by the software vendor that licensee casino uses.
For example, game outcomes for Boss Media casinos are generated through the use of a Geiger-Muller Tube Detector, which detects minute and random changes in natural background radiation.
Different software vendors use different methods, but all them are based on the Random Number Generator.
The typical version of software from the provider is customized for each casino but only at a cosmetic level. The gaming engine is the same and frequently, the games that casinos offer are the same.
Generally, Online casinos' software is of two kinds.
No download casinos
- No-download casinos. Some of them use Flash or Shockwave, which runs in your browser and may require the Flash (or Shockwave) plug-ins available from Macromedia.
- Another casinos are Java-based, which applets also run through your browser. Some of these casinos offer sound and animation, and all of them offer some pretty good graphics
The biggest advantage of a no-download casino is that it can be played on most computers and operating systems, and many of these will also work on WebTV. But you have to download graphics and sounds every time you play.
The second kind are those that require you to download a program (5-15 megabytes) to your hard drive and then install it on your computer. Once installed, these programs typically offer great graphics, sound and animation. They are generally more stable and secure, and once installed minimize communications between your computer and the casino game server. Such a software can be run only on a Windows-based platform and it's ideal for dial-up connections.
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Usually casino sites have a "Preview" section that shows some snapshots of the games. It's a really good idea to look at their appearance before you spend 30-90 minutes downloading software.