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The popularity of online casinos is soaring, and millions of people visit them every day. There are a number of reasons why so many people keep playing online. Some like it because it is quick and easy, others just don’t like the casino atmosphere. Whatever the reasons, more and more people are now favouring the online format, which could see a rapid decline in the land-based casino in the next few years.

Online casinos are advancing in many ways, and doing things that aren’t possible in the real-world. For instance, slot machines now come in hundreds of different themes, and have special features that are only playable on computers. There are now various different forms of blackjack and roulette that are only available to play online, and poker sites where players can join a tournament any time of the day.

The appeal for many people with playing online, is the fact that they can play from the comfort of their own homes. They can log on at any time, play a few games, then go and do something else. A lot of online casinos now also have apps for mobile and tablet, so people can also enjoy games on the move. This works for players with busy schedules. Online casinos have detailed instructions about the games, which is useful for beginners, and depositing and withdrawing money is quick and easy. One of the big things that pulls in more customers is the amount of great bonuses available. Online sites often offer first-time deposit bonuses, and have special promotions that change each week, like free spins and free entry to games.

Some traditional players may prefer to go to the land based casino because of the atmosphere, and the fact that they can socialise. Now, a lot of online casinos are accommodating these people. Some online casinos have live links to tables in real casinos, so players can see the croupier spin the roulette wheel, or deal the cards. This effectively brings the casino to you, and it gives people peace of mind when they know that all the outcomes are random. Some sites even let players send messages to, and tip the croupiers.

A lot of Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) now have casino themes, where players can create an avatar and explore a casino setting, while playing games and socialising with other players. With virtual reality set to be the next big thing, it is expected that online sites will try to exploit this new technology and emulate these MMORPGs, by allowing players to slip on the headset and feel as though they are walking around a real casino. Of course, they would still be playing from the comfort of their own homes but would be able to experience the real casino atmosphere.

With these technological developments, it seems as though the traditional casino may soon become extinct, as it fails to keep up with the online world. Either that, or they will have to think of something very special to win players back.