How do online casinos work?

Online casinos are a virtual version of the walk-in casinos that are played over the internet. Casino games are graphically designed and computerized to allow players place wagers and play. In most cases, the rules of a given casino game are similar for both land and online casinos.

Types of online casinos

Virtual casinos are available as either web based online casinos, downloadable app or on both platforms. A web based casinos is a website with several casino games where player play via a web browser. Most online casinos have optimized their websites for mobile devices to fit the smaller screens and lower processing power. Download only casinos are played via a downloadable app on either mobile devices or desktops. Some online casinos can be accessed on either of the platforms.  Downloadable casinos offer a better user experience as they have superior graphics and run faster since the software is already cached and doesn’t have to load from the internet.

 Random Number Generator

The outcome of each game is determined by a random number generator. It uses a mathematical algorithm to randomly produce a stream of numbers that determine the outcome of the game. This mechanism ensure that the outcome is fair and unpredictable. However, the RNG is not entirely true as it has been preprogrammed to give the casino a house advantage. To ensure that the house edge is fair and outcome is not rigged, independent regulators audit the online casino to ensure that the house edge is reasonable.


Online casinos offer a wide variety of casino games to suit interests of different players across the globe. Some common online casino games include Slots, craps, poker, Sibco, Bingo, Roulette, blackjack, Barracat, Hold’em, Keno among others. For each game category, online casinos provide numerous variations of the game creating a pool of hundreds of games for players to choose from.

Online casinos outsource various casino games software from the top gaming software developers. Some of the big names in gaming software design are Betsoft, NetEnt, Evolution Gaming and PlayTech just to name a few.

Withdrawals and deposits

To be able to place wagers, a player has to fund their online casino account by depositing some money. Different casinos offer different payment options ranging from bank transfers, wire transfers, debit cads, credit cards, ewallet such as PayPal, Neteller, Skrill and Giropay among others. When registering for an online account, a player is expected to choose a deposit method. Usually, a player will undergo a verification process to ascertain that the details and ownership of the payment method.

Apart from playing to enjoy casino games, a main reason why people play casino games is for the wins. As such, one needs to be able to withdraw their winnings. Usually, for most casinos, the method that a player selected for deposit is the same method they are required to use to make withdrawals. Transaction charges and time taken to make a withdrawal depend on the amount being transacted and payment method.

Online casinos are fun and exciting. With the wide range of games, players are spoilt for choice. They offer players convenience to play their favorite casino games from the comfort of their homes.

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