It was one of the happy coincidences of the development of faster, more technologically advanced mobile devices and handsets, that we began to use what was essentially a means of communication between two people for so much more.
Now mobile devices can not only make calls and receive messages, they have become our gateway to many different aspects of society, from purchasing items online, staying in touch with friends, to booking holidays and even buying houses. However, one particular area where the mobile industry has thrived and driven massive growth, is the online casino industry.
It is fair to say that without the extensive acceptance of mobile technology around the world, that online casino gaming would not be on track to reach a market value of $100 billion by 2026.
However, it is interesting to wonder whether this has come alongside, or instead of, people playing at real world casinos.
So with that in mind, we decided to pose the somewhat provocative question of which is best for a typical punter; playing at their online casino, or heading to a brick and mortar casino in the real world instead?
To fully answer this question, you need to consider the pros and cons of both methods of playing to come up with at least some kind of answer.
Pros And Cons Of Online Casino Gaming V Real World Casino Gaming
So what are the big positives and negatives when it comes to online casino gaming? We’ll begin by taking a look at the many positives of this particular form of gambling.
Firstly, there is no doubt that for the vast majority of people, online casino gaming fits much more easily into their lifestyle than a trip to a local (or not so local) real world casino. With an online casino, you can be at home, on the train to work, in a cab and you can be playing your favorite game.
You are literally just seconds and a few touches of the touch screen away from being able to play your choice of a massive selection of casino games.
Given the time pressures people face with balancing their work and social life, there is no doubt that playing online is much more convenient and fits in far better with a busy modern lifestyle.
Another positive here is accessibility. In many countries around the world, even if you do not have a casino local to you, then you can log in to one online that is eminently more accessible for you. It’s not just in parts of the world where there are a small number, or no, casinos available. In the USA for example, some states are very rural and it can be a few hours journey to reach a casino, whereas you can be playing at the touch of a button on a mobile device instead.
In addition, many people have a great choice of casinos online that is often far greater in number than you have in your locality (unless maybe you live close to Vegas or Atlantic City)! This choice means that players can often find casinos that better suit the kind of games or promotions that they want to play and access.
As casino gaming grows across the United States and within states, it is likely that in future the amount of choice a customer has about what casinos to join online will only keep expanding.
Tracking Your Spending
Another considerable positive for online casinos is the fact that it is generally easier to keep a track of what you are spending at the casino, especially if you are a diligent and responsible gambler. In a real world casino, especially with your peers, it can be easy to draw out extra cash and spend more than you would ideally have liked. In an online casino, you generally don’t have that pressure.
Promotions And Offers
Of course, one big benefit of an online casino is the promotions that they offer, especially now that comps and other freebies seem to be being withdrawn from many real world casino establishments. With online casino promotions, such as Welcome Bonus offers, you can often get more to play with at the casino than simply the cash you have available in your balance. Furthermore, ongoing promotional offers allow you to access further bonuses down the line.
Value For Money
Perhaps one of the key considerations in favor of online casino gaming is that it generally offers better value for money than a trip to the casino. That is not just in terms of a wider choice of bets being available (including very low stakes games), but also on the sundry costs that a trip to the casino can incur. Items such as travel, drinks or food may need to be purchased in addition to what you spend at the casino and this can all eat into the amount you have to play with as your bankroll. Online casino gaming doesn’t have this issue as you can click and play wherever you are.
If there is one negative for online casino gaming compared to real world casino gaming it probably is that it is very easy to be distracted when you aren’t in a casino. If you are playing at home, any number of distractions can grab your focus and take your mind off your game. This is not as likely to happen in a real world casino where everyone is there for the same purpose.
There’s something genuinely exciting about being in a real world casino, from the moment you purchase your chips, to your final game of the day, it is a heady mix of excitement and anticipation that is hugely enjoyable and no matter what online game you play, you can’t quite match that level of excitement and anticipation.
In truth, there are very positive aspects to playing both online and in real world casinos. In terms of the modern day, there is no doubt that online casino gaming offers many additional benefits and positives over playing in a casino, but by the same token, there is still something uniquely attractive about heading to a casino to play, rather than playing on your phone.
As such, both options have their merits and are perhaps best utilised alongside each other when time permits to enjoy both types of gaming to the full.