2006: What Will the Year Bring to Online GamblingDecember 5, 2021
The online gambling sector was on some major rotation in 2005 with online casino promotions becoming bigger and better, gambling events merging online and offline marketing and a number of casino operators even making their way onto the London Stock Exchange.
New software technology and online casino games hit the slot88 market, making 2005 one of the busiest years yet. But more importantly there are a lot of excited gamblers and investors waiting to see what the major online casinos and poker rooms will bring to the table for 2006.
Perhaps some cutting-edge, innovative gambling software or drastically improved Internet security technology that will add an entirely new dimension to what it means to play online. Or could we be looking forward to even bigger prize pools and tournaments that go beyond the likes of PartyPoker’s “Poker Tournament Cruise” or the Fortune Lounge Group’s “International Casino Games”.
It was only a matter of time before online casinos started giving live casinos a run for their money. We are not there yet but I would bet we are getting very close. Online casinos have increased the types of games they provide to match what live casinos can offer. From poker to sports betting, every gambling activity seems to be online.
Most proponents of online gambling claim that online gambling is just as safe, if not safer, as gambling in known casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Just like the live casinos, online casinos are required to have their licenses and permits before engaging into online gambling.
Online casinos are regulated and audited by professional firms. All online casinos use the secure e-cash facilities, in cooperation with the credit card companies, so that the customers are being protected from unauthorized use of credit cards or from cases of identity theft, which is the main concern of the public.
Many people believe that online gambling offers more entertainment for their dollar. Most online casinos offer huge cash bonuses to entice people to sign up and play. These bonuses are usually in the range of $100 to $300 for a $50 deposit. I have never seen a live casino offer that to a customer and I do not think I ever will.
Over the past year the online casinos have done a lot to make the process of online gambling more involved and exciting for the player. Traditional download casino software saw the addition of new technology designed to make the online casinos more enjoyable and convenient. Java applications and instant-play Flash casino games helped players obtain immediate access without downloading or installing software.
Mobile casino games have also become the growing trend within global entertainment markets, and many players enjoy great games, like poker and Blackjack from their hand-held devices. This technological revolution has allowed players to take their favorite online casinos and poker rooms with them.
Maybe a change is brewing in the way gamers play online, and with the increase in casino and poker room endorsements by eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance, eCOGRA, responsible gambling and player protection is becoming increasingly the norm online.
In South Africa, for example, Internet gambling is not really legal, but the National Gambling Board in that country, is trying to get above-mentioned sector legitimated by the Trade and Industry Ministry. This could mean that South Africans earning a substantial living off playing casino games or poker online could be in for the tax ride of their lives.
The question is whether 2006 will see the similar kind of phenomenon and originality that online gambling provided in the previous year. With the ever-increasing penetration and affordability of online entertainment, more and more players are joining in the fun at online casinos, and this creates healthy competition that is often the reason for fresh features and innovative technology.