Online vs. Offline Casinos

What are the advantages and disadvantages of playing at an online casino as opposed to one that is offline? Let's explore.

For the purposes of this discussion, "offline" casinos mean casinos that are not online. Therefore, that includes land-based operations such as the major casinos in Las Vegas.

What a lot of people love about playing in the online casino is the convenience. That much would appear obvious. Those customers who simply like to play the games of their choice, with a chance to win some money, are enthralled by the action THEY create, and thus it is great that they have an opportunity to play in the comfort of their living room. They can turn it on and turn it off whenever they want to, and they don't have to dress up for the occasion.

They also enjoy playing at their own pace. Some people get distracted when they are in a physical casino, because there is so much going on around them. And they are not able to function at their best. When playing online, they can set the tempo, whether it's in blackjack, craps, video poker or a game like keno. And they can make it as loud or as silent as they want, because most casino software has sound controls built in.

Granted, there are some people who only like to play in an environment like that, where the excitement and glamour are very close at hand and they can literally reach out and touch the game layout. They like to go to the shows and be served drinks while they play.

For those people, online casinos may not have a whole lot of appeal. But there are still others who enjoy all of the physical atmosphere but don't mind supplementing it with online casino action at their convenience.

Ultimately, consumer choice is a big advantage of the online casino. While in destination areas, even Las Vegas, there are a certain number of casinos close at hand, and a limited number of games because of space constrictions, one can move around on the Internet virtually (pardon the pun) at will, and play just about any game under the sun. In short, online casinos put the player much more firmly in control!