Online Casino – Are They All the Same?

When you sign up to play at an online casino, you would like to be sure the games are being played honestly. Many online casinos lease or purchase gambling software from reputable companies to put your mind at ease. You feel confident the games are honest Agen BandarQQ knowing that the software manufacturer is the one behind the games and not the casino. The reliable software companies take extraordinary steps to assure that numbers or cards or die turn up randomly.

The four most popular software manufacturers are Playtech, Metrogaming, Vegas Technology, and Cryptologic. Let’s examine each one and sum up users comments and criticisms.

Playtech was founded in 2000 and went public in 2005. It is traded on the London Stock Exchange. Playtech panicked when the United States passed the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act in 2006 and announced they would no longer accept players who live in the U. S. to avoid possible lawsuits.

Playtech’s philosophy is to be a broad-based force in the gambling industry, and they are involved in all aspects of online gaming. While it may be a strength of their corporate policy, players rank them as good all around but not outstanding in any one area. The online gambling community does rank them high for sharp and clear graphics for blackjack, roulette, and video poker but calls their spin animations on slot games “phoney.” Playtech gets good marks for offering a wide selection of progressive games.

Microgaming is probably the oldest (established in 1994) and best known of the software providers of online casino software. Their Viper software product (released in 2002) became the standard of excellence against which others are measured. Players and casino owners rave about its features. The large selection of games, superb graphics and sound attract players to casinos offering Microgaming, and the company updates their products frequently.

Vegas Technology offers both a download and instant play version. You can play the latter directly from your Internet browser. If you decide on the download version, download time is short – just a few minutes. Either option will be easy to use and offer the same games. Vegas Technology casinos typically offer many tournaments with small buy-ins (as low as $10) tournaments with a chance to win $5,000 or more. Tournaments are available for popular casino games such as slots and blackjack. Players also like the way Vegas Technology constantly develops new games to play so gamblers don’t get bored.

Cryptologic, founded in 1996, originally produced software for the encrypting field but moved into the online gaming area where they felt they could make an impact. This company is also publicly listed. Their software collection consists of over 100 casino games, and they have partnered with Marvel comics producing games such as Spiderman, and The Incredible Hulk. They tend to be the innovator when it comes to games and features for online gaming. Users like the variety of games they offer, the frequency of updates and rate their graphics, sound, and animation as excellent on the download version.

The above information on software manufacturers may change frequently and you should check with your casino for the latest data on the software it uses.

Note: As of February. 2009, casinos using Microgaming, Playtech, and Cryptologic will not accept players from the United States. Don’t worry, plenty of other casinos will.