How does an online casino work?
Players only see the fun and aesthetics of Canadian online casino sites, but in reality, there are quite a few factors that need to come together before a site can offer a fully seamless and functional gaming experience. A casino operator needs the following: casino software that supports the game variations you want to offer – such as slots, blackjack, video poker, scratch cards or live games; secure and reliable payment systems; quality customer service; and foolproof web security. Many casinos tend to use the same software and platforms, so they may look similar, even though they are completely separate entities.
The stability and reliability of the casino software is important to the real money online casino experience because a platform that crashes too often will send players to other sites – in no time. That’s why casino operators will agree to have similar graphics to their competitors’ websites. For example, British casino giants Ladbrokes and Betfair have in common the fact that their sites run on Microgaming software, but are wholly owned by separate entities.
Online casinos will either be web-based, or download-based. With web-based online casinos, players can enjoy casino games without the need to download software to their device. When players use a web browser, they usually need to enable Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Shockwave or Java for the games to work properly. A sufficient Internet connection is also required, as bandwidth is needed to stream sounds, animations and graphics via the plugin. It should be noted that iPod, iPad and iPhone devices cannot use games with Flash.
Online download casinos require the player to download software in order to play the games provided. They will generally run much faster than online casinos, as the graphics and sound will be cached, rather than needing to be loaded via the internet during gameplay. The disadvantages of this form of online casino are that installing such software can be time consuming, and there is a risk of accidentally downloading malware onto your device.
Virtual casino games use a random number generator (RNG) to ensure that the outcome of each game is random and fair. This method will be used to determine factors such as the order in which cards are dealt when players play a card game, how the outcome of a roll of the dice will materialize, and what results will occur after a round of roulette or slot machines. It’s important for customers to trust that this software is not designed to increase casino performance, as users cannot see the inner workings of a random number generator.
Fortunately, peace of mind can be provided by noting that reputable casinos are externally audited by regulatory bodies to ensure that high standards are met with respect to factors such as payout percentages corresponding to stated odds, randomness and fairness. In France, this authority is the Autorité de Régulation des Jeux en Ligne (ARJEL), which will soon be transformed into an “Autorité Nationale des Jeux” (ANJ) following the privatization of the Française des Jeux (FDJ).
Live casino games will often be included in the online casinos’ offerings, and the dealers will be connected live to the players so that they can have a real traditional casino experience from their homes. In addition, the most reliable casinos will have the ability to operate on mobile, with a specific app or custom version of their site, allowing players to continue playing their favorite games while on the go.