Land based and online casinos may share the same games and occasionally similar odds, but when it comes to aesthetics, value and convenience the two are worlds apart.
With the advent of online gambling in the mid 1990’s, online gaming has developed and grown into a unique and debatably superior experience.
As I said, both online and land based casinos share all of the same games. However since any land based casino is limited by its floor space, you will find a diluted selection at most land based casinos. This has a whole host of implications for players.
Land based casinos always have a table game limit which means you may find that a casino you are visiting does not have your favourite games, but most painfully of all is the fact that even if they have your preferred games, you always need to wait for a free spot at the table. Naturally at an online casino you have a vastly superior collection of games where you never have to wait.
For a long time online casinos could never match the atmosphere and excitement that comes part and parcel with land based casinos. That is until the introduction of Live Dealer games. These games allow you to live stream a real game with a professional dealer hosting.
Best of all is these games are available for free at most online casinos, so it is a value added service on your existing casino membership. While some may argue it is still not completely the same, when you factor in the priceless convenience, it is tough to argue against.
People get a thrill from gambling that takes on a new level when you are playing at a land based casino with an audience. Online casinos are hard pressed to fully recreate that experience. The closest that is currently available is the option of live streaming your own games and online poker tournaments.
Promotions and Access
Land based casinos often have loyalty programs where regular gamblers are rewarded, although it is more related to the amount of money you spend with them. You usually only get VIP privileges if you are a really high roller. With online casinos you can earn loyalty rewards no matter what size your wager is. The VIP tiers present at most online casinos are much easier to reach as well.
When it comes to actually playing your favourite games, online casinos offer unrivalled convenience. Not only is there an amazing collection of games, but you have instant access to them 24/7. That’s not even considering the advancements in mobile gaming, which means that you now essentially carry your own personal casino in your pocket.
While land based casinos always have the spectacle of their beautiful designs and architecture which creates a very unique atmosphere, online casinos have certainly evolved into a challenger for their gaming throne.
In many countries government regulations have placed restrictions on online gambling in order to protect the land based gambling industry. Land based casinos play a very key role in generating revenue for the state itself due to taxation and licensing fees so don’t expect land based casinos to go out of business or fashion anytime soon.