At one time the best gaming in the world was those found in Las Vegas. In fact it was one of the only gambling destination in the United States. The first Casino to open dates back to April 3, 1941 when the El Rancho Vegas opened with a 63 room hotel. It was the start of what would later become the famous “Strip”. Competition didn’t rev up until Atlantic City, New Jersey wanted in the action with the grand opening of Resorts CasinoHotel. It was too long after that other states legalized gambling and set up their own gambling oasis. Today Casinos are sprinkled throughout the country.

A new wave of technology takes place in 1994 with the first online Casino. At first many players with eager anticipation took on a “you play first” mentality with their gambling buddies. It was leaping into the unknown, unchartered waters that left the gambling community curious but guarded. Word travelled fast casting away the doubts and it soon became a billion dollar industry.

Exclusive to online, mega giant Microgaming powers the first launched Casino with an amazing line up of products. Following in the software’s footsteps are Cryptologic, Net Entertainment and Playtech to name a few.

Land Based Software Expands Online

The success of online gambling took the world by storm. It was only a matter of time that the biggest software companies in land based Casinos would come around to the other side and be a part of an industry that flourishes. While maintaining a suite of games by software exclusive to online Casinos the process of integration began. Merging more than one software together becomes a popular venue and operation for land basedsoftware to move in.

Hot software that now deliver iGaming products:

IGT – One of the biggest names out there has its parent company in United Kingdom with international operating offices in Rome, Italy; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Providence, Rhode Island. Popular online Video Slots include Wheel of Fortune, Kitty Glitter, Pixies of the Forest, Wolf Run, Zuma, Monopoly, Clue, Cleopatra, Da Vinci Diamonds, Rainbow Riches and Coyote Moon.

WMS – Entering the gaming arena in 1974, this company is well known in gambling circles both online and offline games. Hot Slot hits like Wizard of Oz, Kronos, Ruby Slippers, Crystal Forest, Super Jackpot Party, Raging Rhino, Zeus, African Queen, Jungle Wild and Bier Haus are available.

Aristocratic – In the business of gaming entertainment for over 60 years, the software company has become a global sensation. Currently available in over 200 jurisdictions worldwide, it delivers quality products. Slot favorites include 50 Lions, Lucky Count, Miss Kitty, Sun & Moon, 2Can, 50 Dragons, Pelican Pete, Tiki Torch and Lets Go Fishing.

Land Based vs Online Casinos

What is the difference between playing at brick and mortar Casino and an online Casino? The real answer to that can be concluded in a single word – convenience. Technology has come so far that regardless which side of the gambling fence you play on quality gaming is eminent. Benefits exists either way with online Casinos offering free cash, bonuses, invitations to events, vacation packages, gifts, vouchers etc. Land based Casinos give its players free hotel stays, free buffets, free cash, gifts and more.

Of course if the bustling excitement of rubbing elbows with players at the tables is your thing then it is time to take a trip to the local Casino. If none are a hop, skip and a jump away then time to book a flight on the next plane to Las Vegas, Atlantic City or if you are really adventurous Macau.

Playing at home definitely has its advantages. Sitting back in your easy chair in a pair of comfortable pajama’s with a nice glass of wine you can play anytime, anywhere. Without sacrifice the best gaming, quality graphics, rewards programs and Comp points are just a click away. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz who clicks her heels three times and chants… there is no place like home… no place like home.