Evolution of Online Gambling

Remember those days when you had to drive all the way to Las Vegas casinos to enjoy a true gambling experience? The cost of expenditure on gas, the expensive hotel rooms and the bill for food and drinks surely added up to much more than what you ever won playing games. Online casinos provide a much-needed escape from the money-guzzling Vegas strip, right?

Many leading Internet companies like Micro Gaming, Real Time Gaming and Cryptologic rose to the challenge and came up with virtual versions of the ‘brick and mortar’ casinos most popular games. They had to put in a lot of hard work as attracting players and keeping them at online casinos is not an easy task. Some of these online businesses, including CoolCat Casino had to employ high- end technologies to develop online casino banking systems, a crystal clear game-play, captivating visuals and audio effects and added a social networking aspect to the gambling services.

These developments led to a craze for online gambling among players across the globe. Though millions of people flocked to online sites, the security challenge remained. It was only in 2003, that independent standards stipulated by ‘eCOGRA’ (eCommerce and Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance) guaranteed a secure gambling environment for players that chose to play at the best USA casino.

As the rage for online gambling grew, the number of online casinos and games also went up. Reports suggest that 85% of US adults have gambled at least once in their lives. The proportion of adults who “never gambled” has also dropped from one in three to one in seven. Consumers spend more on legal gambling in the US than most other forms of entertainment. Much of these trends over the past two decades can be attributed to the growth of online casinos. It is estimated that there were 2,300 active online casino sites in 2006. This number is on the rise with every passing year. The online casino industry is booming which is why there is increased talk of regulation as well.

Laura Barton

Laura Barton is a self-declared "adventurer". Highly energetic and unpredictable, you will never find her without something to read on her hands. She loves casinos, after all it's in her blood: her father was a Las Vegas mogul and a former owner of some of the largest casino entertainment chains in the US. Loves rock climbing, surfing and playing drums.