February 2, 2009 - One of the best ways to differentiate online casinos - at
least from a technological perspective - is to classify them
according to their software platform. (Jeez, since when did
I start talking like a smart person? Ouch that hurt my
brain). Anyways, it's all in the software. The look and feel
of the games, casino lobby and cashier, the betting
interface and navigational controls, and the graphics of the
games themselves is a direct reflection of the software.
This isn't rocket science folks!
Think of it this way - the software is like a virtual
counterpart of a real brick 'n mortar casino
(Wow, my brain is really hurting now!). But seriously ya'll,
it's important that the casino(s) which you call home are
powered by a reputable software platform. Now, whether the
software developer is entirely independent of its licensees
- such as the case is with Microgaming and Real Time Gaming
- or, the software developer owns and manages the casinos
branding its games - such as the case with Vegas Technology
- doesn't really matter. What really matters is that the
software itself has been tested to offer inherent fairness.
From here on out, it comes down to graphics,
navigational controls and the portfolio of casino games
available. If you've read the
Software page here at OCS, you
will know who these software providers are.
since 1999, Playtech is one of the oldest and largest
software developers in business today. Now with nearly 200
active online casino licensees, you could definitely say
that Playtech has brought in its fair share of players and
dished out a generous sum of money over the years.
I remember during the early days of online gambling, when
all I was doing was reviewing Playtech casinos - even more
so than Microgaming. Of course, all that's changed since the
passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act,
which has caused a great many top online casinos and
software developers (including the top three - Microgaming,
Playtech and Cryptologic) to drop out of the U.S. market.
And not that things have gone sour at Playtech, for the
company has managed to diversify its product offering and
shift to doing business in the European and Asian online
gaming sectors, the fact of the matter is that U.S. bettors
still make up the lions share of business at online casinos.
Recently, OCS churned out two more reviews of Playtech
powered online casinos - Casino Bellini and Casino Tropez. -
bringing the total of Playtech powered casinos listed here
to just four. I know, there's a lot more Playtech sites out
there. But seriously, do you really want to try out all 200
something Playtech online casinos? And furthermore, do you
really think you're going to find stark differences amongst
the vast majority?
This is exactly why we have been very
selective about which Playtech online casinos make it to our
reviews page. OCS isn't an "online casino directory". It is
a directory of the "Best Online Casinos". And I can honestly
say without a shadow of a doubt that Tropez, Bellini, Europa
and Golden Palace make up the best of the bunch.
Playtech Casinos to see for yourself.
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