Every industry has companies battling to be at the forefront, trying to dominate their respective market. Online gambling is no different. This has been proven out by casinos and poker rooms that are continuously innovating to keep people engaged and interested. We’re going share four technological innovations made in the online gambling world in recent years that has improved the availability to customers.
Hopefully, by the end of this article you will be a little more enlightened. You may also begin to appreciate the vast sums that gambling companies spend in research and development to help provide us with a pleasurable gaming experience.
1)Mobile Gaming Technology
Probably the biggest change in the decade has been the proliferation of mobile usage. Everyone on the planet owns a mobile so online gambling has immense reach with phones. Every major gambling site has an app today. Gambling apps lets punters play their favourite game, take advantage of bonuses and deposit and cash out seamlessly.
It feels like yesterday when a laptop was needed to achieve this but those days are gone. It doesn’t matter if you’re wanting an iPhone betting app or an android poker app, you can stay involved, have fun and hopefully make money too. The technological innovation by gambling companies to produce these apps must be immense because all the major brands have excellent apps that work faultlessly (most of the time).
The online casinos are very clever with the live dealer technology. They basically said to customers you can play online and still have the same live experience if you want. Using streaming technology and employing real dealers (often from poorer European countries), the online casinos are offering a “real” casino experience without the add on expenses (e.g., fuel and tipping). Gambling in this way is arguably more enjoyable than traditional online gambling as you can communicate with the dealers.
3)Bitcoin Payment Method
The Bitcoin craze is showing no signs of waning and casinos are exploiting its popularity. Loads of gambling platforms are accepting BTC, LTC and ETH as payment methods when depositing and withdrawing funds. Gambling is inherently a private hobby so it affords players an increased sense of security and anonymity. The fast transaction times are attractive too, often days quicker than older and antiquated payment methods e.g., wire transfer.
4)New Poker Variants
Online poker had a few years of decline when the Americans were prohibited from playing, but the major sites responded vociferously. They’ve expanded their offering dramatically in recent years. With fast fold poker prevalent on most sites, new and exciting tournament formats and Pot Limit Omaha generating more interest, poker is very popular again.
In recent years, short-deck poker (6 + Hold’em) has grown in popularity too. Many high stakes players have taken to this form as it’s “juicier” than traditional Texas Hold’em. The card numbered two to five are removed from the deck, so you can see how many hands become more enticing to play. This game is very new and only created in 2014 so it’s still in its infancy but very popular in places like Macau and Hong Kong.
As you can see, there are technological innovations happening all the time in the online gambling world. Its encouraging to see. It shows that the industry is fresh, relevant and up to date with the latest advancements in technology. By piggybacking on mobile technology, streaming services and even crypto-currency, the online gambling platforms are serving customers today and, in the future, too. Who knows what the next technological step will be? We don’t but we’re excited to see!
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