«The Software of Online Casinos
If you do not know much about online casinos, let me explain what it is about. At the present time, the situation in the industry is the following :casinos do not produce their own software (soft), but buy it in companies, which specialize in the software production. Casinos with the software from one manufacture, usually look similar, have the same interface and games, and often – the same methods of adding and withdrawing the money. The difference is usually in the design (colors, logos), and sometimes casinos may offer exclusive games or, on the contrary, to have a limited number of games.
Soft for online casinos is usually divided into two categories – downloadable and not downloadable. In the first case, you look for the button “Download” on the casino’s site and download the installer (it is usually small – 0.5-5 MB). It is the ordinary Windows executable file; after running it will download and install the files, from the internet, which are necessary for running a casino. After installing you get the casino’s minimum version, with the lobby, where all games are listed and may be 1-2 installed games. You run the casino, register and login, if necessary, and then download all other games. Some casinos download only the games you are going to play in (that is you choose them for gaming and then the loading begins), but most of the casinos automatically start downloading all games. Not downloadable versions are usually made on flash; you can play them directly from the browser, without downloading the programs. A flash version allows you to start a game quickly, from any computer, but the number of games, as well as the functionality, is poorer than in the full version. For gaming in not downloadable casinos, you may need one of the latest versions of browsers and also Macromedia Flash.
There are probably about a hundred different software providers in the world, but it is clear, that the level of their products is very differ. At the present time, the leaders on the market of the software for online casinos are: PlayTech, Microgaming, RTG, Cryptologic (in order of popularity). They are followed by the «second-echelon» companies, such as the Boss Media, the Vegas Technology (OddsOn), Rival and others. Each company has from a dozen to a hundred internet casinos, all these companies are much respected and players appreciate the casinos with their software. I played on the software of all companies, mentioned above, and I can say that these are the worthy casinos with good software. Note, that in earnest companies, casinos cannot change the payouts of the games! In general, the results of the games usually come from the server of the software’s manufacture, so the casinos themselves can not regulate the results. This is the advantage of the casinos from well-known manufacturers – the probability that you will be cheated is equal to zero (it is not only about the straight dealing of the games, but also about the payouts etc.). Thus, I made a brief review for each company, which tells what the software and the casinos are.
Remember, that every decent online casino has a practice mode. If you aren’t ready to play for the real money, and want to know about the game first, then you can always play for fun. Usually, when running a casino, you must choose if you want to play for the real money or in a practice mode. The registration is also required for the practice mode, but it is often simplified. If the practice goes online, theoretically, the random number generator (RNG) must be the same, as when you play for money, that is, you should expect the results, which are close to real.