Online Casinos

Online casino gambling is one of the hotly pursued hobbies, not just in Australia but in the world. People have been betting on pretty much anything and everything, ever since paper money was introduced. Land casinos started to regulate casino games and since then, casino games have prevailed as a top quality luxury entertainment.

While land casinos still host a luxury service for the rich, many players who have a knack for casino games do not really have the opportunity to try their luck. Since 1994, online casinos have been the solution for challenges faced by land casino goers and those who haven’t had the opportunity to play casino games.

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This article in FreeAussiePokies.com.au is dedicated to introducing this modern day variant of traditional onshore casinos and explains how online casinos work and function. We also list and introduce various aspects that together create this wonderful form of online entertainment.

Online Casino History

Wrest Point Hotel Casino in Tasmania is the first onshore casino in Australia established in  1973. With the rise and boom of the internet in the early 90’s, many industries started to shift their operations online.  For new players who might have just introduced themselves to online casinos recently, they’ll be surprised to know that the earliest history of online casinos can be traced back to 1994, when Microgaming, a software development company in Isle of Man, UK, developed the first online casino software. The company created a software program that could be downloaded into a computer and replicate all casino games that can be played and bet on from the convenience of your home.

Along with this landmark moment in casino history, came the first online casino licensing bodies and the journey began. Soon after, many software companies followed and many territories introduced their jurisdictions and licensing authorities. Towards the end of the 90’s and beginning of 2000, the internet saw an exponential increase in online gaming houses.

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Wrest Point Hotel Casino – first land casino in Australia

Rise in Online Casino popularity

We’re sure you can think of numerous reason why doing anything online is so much easier in this day and age. While almost all the good reasons apply for casinos as well, many may not realise that there are numerous additional reasons why online casinos have gained popularity.

Below are a few point with which we answer the question, Why play Online?

  • The most obvious advantage would be its ease and convenience. Open every day 24/7 and available anywhere with an internet (if you play on a web-based casino) or available on your laptop or desktop computer at home (playing both download and web-based casino).
  • Many land casinos wouldn’t even allow you to enter if you didn’t exchange a huge pile of cash. Online casinos allow you to deposit $20 if you want and bet as less as $0.50.
  • Online casinos clearly win when it comes to bonuses and promotions. While it is true that land casinos offer promotions to regular and VIP players, online casinos offer bonus cash before you even make the first deposit.
  • Players can place bets in their own pace; there are no time limits and no direct or indirect pressure from the crowd.
  • Online Casinos offer a large amount of casino games; more than an average land casino would ever be able to offer. Games are available with a single click of a button and you do not have to wait in line to play your favourite pokie machine.

Licensing and Operators

Many players who aren’t familiar with how online casinos work face certain trust issues with the concept. Online casinos function and operate in the same way a bank does; they obtain license from a jurisdiction and are operated by a management team.

The entire function of a casino can be divided into 2 parts. The first are Operators who manage the casino and then the jurisdiction who monitor and audit the casino. Operators mostly own and carry out all the functions of an online casino like gaming, customer service, banking etc. and the Jurisdictions make sure these functions are in order. The key responsibilities of these licensing authorities are licensing, accounting, setting regulations, monitoring the operation and auditing.

Below we list some of the trustworthy jurisdictions that license online casinos:Curacao-license-200X233

– Lotteries and Gaming Authority, Malta
– Curacao Internet Gaming Association
– UK Gaming Commission
– Gibraltar Regulatory Authority
– Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission
– Alderney Gambling Control Commission

Gambling regulations in Australia

Australia is one of the biggest potential markets for gambling; Aussies hotly pursue gambling as their hobby, thus making it one of the biggest markets for casinos. However, the Australian government has imposed certain restrictions on companies operating these websites after they passed the Interactive Gambling Act in 2001.

interactive-gambling-act-2001-AusThe Interactive Gambling Act restricts citizens residing in Australia to gamble in any domestic gambling websites and operators. However, Aussies are free to choose any gambling operators that accept Australian customers, only if they are licensed and located outside of the country. The Australian government is not responsible if Aussies experience any problem or feel they have been treated unfairly.

The focal point of Interactive Gambling Act is that any winnings you make are considered as recreational activity and aren’t subjected to tax.

Casino games and software

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With rapid development in the technology and skillset used to create online casino games, developers have been able to replicate casino games close to perfection, delivering sharp graphics, flawless animations and realistic sound effects.

Top software developers have taken online gaming experience to new statures and beyond the expectation of many. Players can expect to find 200-300 casino games in an average online casino, whereas top online casinos new offer over 500 top notch casino games ranging from 3D slot machines to instant win scratch cards.

Some of the popular games available in online casinos are:

  • Pokies/Slots
  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Video Poker
  • Craps
  • Baccarat
  • Scratch cards

As you may have already known, all casino games are developed by software clients. We’ve mentioned above that Microgaming was the first company to ever develop online casino software and numerous other companies have followed suit. Some of the top casino games providers are:

  • Microgaming
  • Playtech
  • Betsoft
  • NextGen Gaming
  • 1X2 Gaming
  • Net Entertainment
  • Aristocrat

Online Casino Banking

All components that make an online casino are similar to jigsaw pieces and banking is an important part of the framework. For players who have a clear knowledge about online banking and territorial regulations, they wouldn’t need to dwell too much into this subject. But for players who are new to online payments, they might need to put some extra effort into understanding what payment options are convenient in terms of region and player accessibility.

Go to our ‘Banking Guide’ to learn about commonly offered deposit and withdrawal options and a tutorial on how to select an online deposit method.

Casino bonuses and promotions

Online casino bonuses and promotional packages are one of the most talked about subjects in online casino forums and among casino enthusiasts. While this is a widely discussed subject in online casinos, land casinos hardly get the chance to discuss about bonuses and free cash.

Best online casino bonuses are there to give the player an extra incentive for playing in their casino. Taking good advantage of these bonuses can lead to a rewarding gambling experience. In order to take proper advantage, it is necessary to understand these bonuses and promotions.

Our ‘Casino Promotions’ page highlights the most popular form of bonuses offered by online casinos and players can also find detailed articles on each type of casino bonuses along with their terms and conditions.