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The difference between online casino and real casino



The difference between online casino and real casino
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At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be that much of a difference between an online casino and a bricks and mortar casino establishment. Essentially, both do offer a similar selection of games. However, the subtle contrasts between the two can make a big difference in how much you win and also the flexibility and options in how you may want to play. Despite both having their different pros and cons, between the two options, online casinos are definitely a step ahead. Don’t believe me? Here are just a few of the reasons why.

Free Money

Well, not quite free money, of course, but there is a chance that Lady Luck may be more on your side if you choose to play online. This is because most online casinos nowadays offer free money in the form of free spins, bonuses and special offers to entice new customers and keep regulars choosing their site above their competitors. There is so much competition these days between online casinos and this means a wider variety of offers to take advantage of.

As well as being able to essentially give away free money to keep you coming back, studies have proven that online casinos have a better pay out rate than their bricks and mortar rivals too. This is because the overheads of running an online casino are so much lower than a real casino, so they can then in turn pass these savings on to the customer. The RTP rate – an acronym for ‘return to player’ – has been proven to be up to 97 percent and higher for some sites, so it definitely pays to play online.

Complete Flexibility of Time and Place

One of the biggest differences of playing in an online casino over a real casino is that you can play literally anywhere and anytime. Whether you prefer using a computer, tablet or mobile app there are now so many ways to access your favourite casino games online without any restrictions. Although it can be fun to visit a real life casino from time to time for a special occasion, for the daily player online casinos are a much more practical option and provide the opportunity to play at your pace from wherever you are, whether you are looking to pass the time commuting or fancy spending a quiet night in.

Easier to Keep an Eye on Your Budget

Gambling, however you choose to do it, should always be done responsibly. This means making sure you set a spend limit and stick to it. When playing online, it can be easier to track your bets and take the time to really assess how much you are willing to spend. When playing in a real casino however, things can quickly get expensive. Betting in a group of friends can easily see peer pressure adding a few zeros to the bets you are laying down and it is easy to get swept away by the buzz.

Moreover, real casinos tend to have higher limits when it comes to placing bets, whereas online betting is usually much more affordable, with many online casinos allowing you to play games for mere pennies. When placing your bets online, most casinos will allow you to pay in a variety of ways including convenient methods such as PayPal. However, a real casino will usually want not only a larger deposit but in general be more restrictive about the methods in which you are able to pay.

Greater Game Selection

Unlike real casinos, which are generally tied into a small selection of games, online casinos are able to switch up which games they offer at any time. This keeps things interesting and means you can try your hand at learning a new game whenever you fancy as well as the fun of playing old favourites. As online casinos are constantly trying to innovate and find the next new great game, many will often allow players to have a go at games for free first. This means you may have a greater chance of a win as it allows you to familiarise yourself with the game and brush up on your skills before committing to placing your bet.

As well as offering players a much wider selection of games, online casinos still stay true to a more traditional style of play too. It is still completely possible to play favourite classics, such as roulette and black jack, often in real time. This provides all the feel and benefits of being in a real casino without the inconvenience of having to leave your sofa. It also means that you have more flexibility in the games you wish to play – a single online casino site can provide it all in one place for you.

So what are the perks of real casinos?

Firstly, there is one major way that real casinos still beat out their online counterparts every time. Despite that fact that online casinos can offer pretty much everything a real life casino can, sometimes even better, the one thing they can’t do is create the glamour, excitement and atmosphere of a casino in real life. There is nothing quite like stepping out onto the floor of a casino and seeing the other players and games in motion. Real casinos also provide the opportunity to experience the interaction with dealers face to face, which can ramp up the excitement for some of the more traditional table games. There is also nothing quite like the tangibility of holding your winnings in your hand the moment your numbers come up! Although many online casinos have great community chat rooms, the real life experience of sharing a win is hard to beat. Moreover, some online casinos have a threshold before you collect your winnings whereas a bricks and mortar establishment will pay out immediately.

Despite these great pros of real casino play, overall it is hard to deny that online casinos are streets ahead and are clearly the winner of the two. You can check this online casino comparison to find the best and most suitable one for you to play. The choice is huge so take your time to analyze and compare.

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iGB L!VE announce LaunchPad, a new feature for start-ups with ‘innovation in their DNA’



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Industry professionals attending July’s edition of iGB L!VE will have access to a vibrant new feature which will showcase ground-breaking tech and innovation courtesy of the brightest start-ups and small businesses in gaming.

The iGB L!VE LaunchPad (Pulse Stage: 18 July 16.30hrs – 18.00hrs) will feature five companies to present their innovations to a panel of judges with each presentation followed by a probing Q&A session designed to interrogate the viability and commercial prowess of each product pitch.

Introducing the new feature Portfolio Director Naomi Barton, said: “iGB L!VE is constantly evolving in order to meet the business needs of stakeholders. The research programme that we undertake with customers has consistently highlighted a shared desire to always be ahead of the curve, being the first to access the very latest innovations from the start-up community is part of what iGB L!VE 2024 will deliver.

“In addition, we want to provide a platform for new talented businesses to grow by giving them extra exposure in front of an influential C-Level audience of industry investors and influencers.

“The top five products will be hand-selected by the iGB L!VE team and invited to present from the Pulse Stage. In order to help these businesses, we are providing cash prizes of £5,000 for the winner, £2,500 for second place and £1,000 for third.”

She continued: “We will be giving the feature an authentic iGB L!VE twist with the emphasis on competitive fun. To ensure this, I am delighted to confirm that 25+ year industry veteran and non-exec Clarion Gaming Chairman Michael Caselli has agreed to be our MC and will also head a panel of judges drawn from across the iGB L!VE community of industry professionals, investors and sponsors.

“Start-ups and small businesses which have innovation in their DNA can sign up for iGB LaunchPad at igblive by the 28 June deadline.”

iGB L!VE is the home of the igaming community and the only event that connects the leading igaming affiliates, operators, tech vendors, game providers and suppliers in order to maximise performance and drive tangible business growth in the following 12-18 months. iGB L!VE, which is the fastest growing igaming event, delivers unparalleled business opportunities with attendees having free access to in excess of 300 exhibitors and sponsors occupying 21,000+ square metres of gross space, a figure which is 35% higher than in 2023.

For more information on iGB L!VE (16-19 July 2024: Expo Days 17-18 July) and to register for free visit: igblive website


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Ortak x B.F.T.H. Arena Awards 2024 Features Mr. First Ray by Endorphina



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The Ortak x B.F.T.H. Arena Awards 2024 welcomes Endorphina among other top game developers with its Mr. First Ray, a mystical slot game that captures the essence of dawn.

This year’s competition has seen an unprecedented increase in participation, receiving over 100 submissions from more than 70 developers involved in the innovative Ortak initiative. This platform not only promotes collaboration and innovation but also integrates gaming stakes with NFTs on the Bahamut blockchain, thereby broadening investment prospects in the iGaming sector.

Mr. First Ray transports players into a world where each spin can lead to magical wins and enchanting surprises, making it a standout in this year’s entries. As the event approaches, excitement mounts among industry professionals keen to explore this showcase of creativity and excellence in game development, scheduled from July 1 to 4.

Hosted by BetConstruct, the B.F.T.H. Arena Awards provides a prestigious platform for developers to exhibit their creativity and compete for a share of the substantial 3,333,000 FTN prize pool. This year, the event has broadened its scope, introducing new award categories to further celebrate innovation in gaming.

The culmination of the event will see the winners announced at the B.F.T.H. Arena x Harmony Meetup V, ensuring an exhilarating experience for all attendees.

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Spotlight Sports Group (SSG), a world-leading technology, content, and media company specialising in sports betting, has partnered with both William Hill and Betfred to deliver content hubs for Euro 2024.

The upcoming international tournament provides a prime opportunity for operators to generate revenue, and Spotlight Sports Group assists in that right through industry-leading content hubs. SSG Content Hubs allow sportsbooks in any territory the chance to offer a premium and rich content experience, without the technical burden.

The end-to-end product and content solution provided by SSG includes expert editorial, data and statistics that are delivered across multiple formats and customisable for individual bookmaker websites. Designed and created in-house, the specific event hubs allow customers to provide interactive betting experiences, compatible across all devices and include live odds and add-to-bet-slip functionality.

In addition, the content hub provides a Best Bet widget that features daily accumulators and Bet Builder picks, as well as the best daily offers and enhanced odds from the bookmaker partners. Video tipping content is also available for every match, as is a scouting report for every team and every fixture, highlighting the most popular players for Bet Builder selections.

Lee Phelps, William Hill Spokesperson said: “The Euros is one of the biggest tournaments around for bettors, and having Spotlight Sports Groups content hubs, means we can provide a real experience for our customers throughout the tournament with editorial, bet prompts and data”.

Mark Hartley, Head of Sports Product at Betfred, was similarly pleased with the deal: We’re delighted to partner with SSG ahead of Euro 2024. We’re excited by the opportunities it brings to us ahead of one of our busiest periods of the year as a bookmaker.”

Sam Houlding, Spotlight Sports Group’s Managing Director of B2B, has shared his excitement at partnering with two of the UK’s leading bookmakers: “It’s great to have two of our key partners taking our content hubs for the biggest tournament of the year. Our content has a proven record of driving revenue, and as it is available in any language globally it appeals to customers all around the world”.

Spotlight Sports Group’s Content Hubs are proven to drive revenues with a rich content experience for betting audiences.


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