Differences in Online Casino Software
One of the first decisions you need to
make when you decide to play at a casinos is whether you
want to download casino software or not. I will explain a
little of the differences between the two versions and
give you my recommendation.
No-Download Casino Software
This is a little bit of a misnomer when it
comes to "No-Download" software. There is a java based
software that is browser based and does not require any
special type of software on your computer. The other type
of "no-download" software requires your computer to have a
simple "Flash" or "Shockwave" plug-in, that most likely is
already installed on your computer. If it is not
installed, you will be directed to install this simple
plug-in with a short download. Most casinos offer their
software in a "no-download" version.
The biggest advantage of a no-download
version is that it can be played from any computer and
typically works well with WebTV and Mac's. One of the
disadvantages is that the no-download software lacks the
graphic quality and the overall "casino-feel" of the
Download Casino Software
The typical downloadable software casinos
only runs well on Windows based computers and requires
anywhere from 5-15 megabytes of space. Most download
software gives you the option of a quick start download or
a full version. The quick start version typically download
the basic software and the most popular games where the
full download version downloads all the games. The
advantage of the download software is that it provides a
better overall gaming experience and is more stable and
secure. The main drawback is that the software must be
installed on any computer you wish to play on.
I recommend installing the "Quick Start"
download version of software for the best, most realistic
gaming experience. I like the fact that typically the
download version is more stable and secure and once
installed requires only minimal communication between your
computer and the casinos server. Once the "Quick Start"
version is installed it is very easy and time efficient to
download additional games that are offered.
The major casino software companies
include Microgaming, Playtech, Real Time Gaming,
Cryptologic, Boss Media and OddsOn/Vegas Technology. The
industry leader is Microgaming with the largest number of
casinos utilizing their software. Microgaming also has a
"Viper" version of their software which provides better
graphics and faster play. Playtech is the up-and-comer
with a growing base of casinos, poker rooms and bingo
halls. The other software companies, although not having a
huge base of casinos, offer some very high quality casinos
like award winning
English Harbour Casino. The bottom line is that it is
the integrity and reputation of the management of casinos
as much as the software that determines the casinos that I
recommend. For that reason, you can feel comfortable
gambling at any of the casinos I have recommended.