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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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888 Announces Q3 2021 Trading Update



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888, one of the world’s leading online betting and gaming companies, has announced a trading update for the three months ended 30 September 2021 (Q3 2021). The Group’s Q3 2021 performance was in line with the Board’s expectations.

At the end of the Period and following policy changes published by the Dutch Gambling Authority (KSA), the Group took the decision to cease provision of services in the Netherlands from 1 October 2021. The Group continues to believe the Netherlands represents an attractive medium-term opportunity and intends to apply for a local licence in the coming months. Notwithstanding this unforeseen development within the Netherlands, the Board remains confident that the performance of the Group during the current year will be in line with its expectations.

Looking ahead, the timing of any licence award within the Netherlands remains unclear, but the Group aims to be operational within the country during the second half of 2022. This temporary closure is expected to negatively impact 2022 EBITDA, post certain mitigations at Group level, by approximately $10 million, with no change in the Group’s expectations for 2023 and beyond.

Itai Pazner, CEO of 888, said: “Q3 2021 was a period of outstanding strategic progress for 888. During the period we announced the transformational acquisition of William Hill International, successfully launched SI Sportsbook in the US, and began operating 888sport under a new licence in Germany as we continued to execute our plan to build a global online betting and gaming leader.

“Alongside these important strategic milestones, I am pleased with the Group’s continued positive trading, particularly as we lap very tough comparative periods. This performance reflects the continued success of our data-driven investments and execution against our product-leadership plan that delivers ongoing improvements in the usability, quality and safety of our sports betting and gaming products.

“Underpinned by our advanced technology, leading products, and strong brands, as well as the increased scale, talent and diversification that the Group will benefit from as a result of its combination with William Hill International, we have a very exciting platform for long-term growth.”

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Q3 2021 was a period of significant progress for 888. During the Period, the Group announced the transformational acquisition of William Hill International, which will significantly enhance the enlarged Group’s scale and create leading positions in several key regulated markets. In addition, the Group continued to deliver on its long-term growth strategy in the US market with the successful launch of SI Sportsbook in Colorado, utilising 888’s in-house sports betting platform for the first time in the US.


Gaming revenue growth of 11% was led by casino, reflecting the continuing success of the Group’s investment in enhancing the user experience through product and content leadership as well as AI-driven personalisation.

During the period, the Group launched more than 150 new casino games including several in-house developed games, which continue to resonate well with customers and provide a differentiated experience. Alongside expanding the range of content, the Group continues to improve the experience for customers using AI-driven recommendation engines and personalised offers, which it believes is leading to increased share of wallet, and therefore market share gains in several key regulated markets such as the UK, Italy, Spain and Romania.

Betting revenue declined 15% against Q3 2020 when the Group delivered a very strong performance that benefited from a condensed calendar of sporting events following Covid-related disruption, particularly within football across the Group’s UK and key European markets. Compared to Q3 2019, betting revenue increased 21%.


Revenue from 888’s B2B division increased 4% to $9.6 million, with both the bingo and US operational segments delivering moderate growth.

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SYNOT Games Signs Distribution Deal with Playtech



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SYNOT Games has signed a new content distribution deal with Playtech, the world’s leading gambling technology company.

This deal is another important landmark in the SYNOT Games growth strategy, continuing to deliver gaming content into new, regulated markets.

This partnership will further enrich the existing Playtech offering of popular titles, including top performers such as Book of Secrets, Respin Joker, Mysterious Atlantis and newest releases Pixel Reels, Fruits Go Multiply, Diamondz and others. SYNOT Games slots will be available in both desktop and mobile resolutions.

The popularity of the 70 plus in-house produced SYNOT Games has risen rapidly among Europe’s largest online casino brands as well as retail slot halls and is now available to a broader player audience.

“This partnership shows our commitment to expanding our reach into new regulated markets across the globe and we are looking forward to a successful partnership,” Ivan Kodaj, CEO at SYNOT Games, said.

“We are delighted that SYNOT Games has joined the Playtech distribution network as its Casino software partner. Playtech’s scale and distribution is a powerful offering for potential partners, and this is a great example of our commitment to partnering with the right and well-known companies to bring great content to regulated and growing markets,” Tomasz Mogiła, Country Manager at Playtech, said.

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Free Bets to be Banned in Ireland Under Landmark New Gambling Laws



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A proposal for new gambling laws in Ireland is calling for the banning of free bets in the country.

The newly proposed gambling legislation in Ireland also seeks to create a national gambling regulator in 2022. The regulator will be given powers to revoke or suspend gambling licences, and will be able to freeze accounts and block incoming payments to providers, while there will be no inducements or VIP treatment for certain gamblers.

A social impact fund meanwhile will also be established, which will place a levy on gambling companies, which will fund addiction treatment and other awareness measures. A self-exclusion register will be available to allow gamblers to restrict themselves from certain providers for a certain period of time.

Advertising is another area that will be subject to strict measures, with the new regulator able to issue codes around the time and frequency that gambling ads can appear on TV, radio and other media. Bans on ads which may appeal to children will also be put in place.

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