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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Online Gambling

Feb 1, 2008
Online casino advantages and disadvantages are numerous, subtle and at odds with one another. Advantages seem to combine with reason for the popularity of online casinos. A player on the right online casino can play at any time day or night without having to leave their home. A live casino player must drive or fly somewhere else to be able to play. This advantage weighs heavily in the online versus live casino comparisons. The availability of casinos on your computer is a hard advantage to easily give up by a player. This could be a disadvantage if the player has no self-control where losing is concerned. Advantages, on pure luck games like slots, are you can play at anytime and there is no disadvantage Table games like roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack and craps also offer a neutral arena to play the games in. Video poker games are self-contained and play the same online as they do in a live casino. Online you can play any of these games when you feel like playing. The one caveat is craps where there is no table excitement when the table gets warm. Dice players will miss this extra help when rolling for a hard four.

Poker online is greatest, as the number of hands that can be played in an hour is far greater than a live game. This is an advantage if you want to play a lot of hands. The big disadvantage that seasoned poker players miss is being able to read the body language of the opponents. This one factor can hurt a player who can read other players and their hands. You cannot read a player online very well. It is only an uneducated guess on the player's part. There are no-tale tell signs online like there are at a live table. A player's eyes can often give them away when playing a superior hand or bluffing. This is missing when playing online poker.

The algorithm that runs the poker shuffling is suspect on many sites, as aces seem to show more than they should. They definitely come up more than you see in any live cash game. Another part of live poker that is missing from online is long winning rushes. In a live game it is not unusual to see a winning rush last four or six hours. The rush online will be lucky to go four hands.

Slot games online can be set at higher payout percentages as the expense to run an online casino is far less than a live casino. Also new games can be quickly put in play, as the game is only an image and an algorithm. Multiline games online can be played very quickly and the casino gets more plays per hour. This usually favors the casino. Live casinos generate true excitement, which is not seen online. Excitement is contagious and begets a positive atmosphere to play in for the players. This winning setting is helpful to playing better and being more inclined to bet more. Playing in a winning environment is a better place to wager hard earned money. This advantage goes to live play.

Online play saves travel expense and room and food payouts. This gives the player a potentially bigger bankroll to play with. Most online casinos have bonuses for loyal customers and players. Again this raises the betting stake for the online player. Online sites have matured and become high rolling promoters of their sites. Their online progressive slots have developed very large jackpots.
A player can sit at home and take a shot for a few plays at millions.

Online sites can run many different types of tournaments, as space is not a factor. This has become more commonplace among all online sites. The number of freeroll tournaments seems to be growing every year on poker sites. There are limits to what a cash game can offer as space is usually at a premium.
An online site can offer freerolls throughout the day and still run the regular assortment of poker games and at many limits, which opens the site to play from all levels of customers.

Special promotions are easier to advertise online as the players are already coming to the casino website. The opening page can have a banner headline and announce any special occasion the casino wants to push. It does not matter whether it is coming up in a week or a month. Online casinos can pull it off by advertising on their own website. A live casino would have to spend money to let the public know of an upcoming special.

Online casinos have the advantage of convenience that helps to get more of their players to return over and over. The returns also have smaller windows of time between each return to play.

Conclusions

Over all the advantages of online play out way the disadvantages that a player experiences. Only poker has some serious drawbacks and those do not seem to slow down the growth of Internet poker. In fact Internet poker has been responsible for the amazing growth of Holdem on the Net. Other casino games are not bothered at all by online play, and in fact a player may do better since they can concentrate better online. There is no noise or hubbub in the background. The background noise can be soothing music or a TV playing on low sound. Many players play and watch a TV show at the same time.

There is little doubt that online play will continue and when the USA gets a handle on its prohibition against Internet banking, the growth will sky rocket again. Right now the USA rules are an irritant more than anything else to Internet players.

The answer to the beginning question is the scale is tipped to advantages. There are a few disadvantages, but nothing that will hinder the growth of online play.
So come in and play, the online casinos are coming up roses and still growing.
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