Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Will Online Casinos Replace the Traditional: When we think of casinos the older of us tend to picture the sort of idea popularized by films. Smokey or upscale environments, filled with the bustle of eager bets and patrons, set against the distant spinning of slots and the calls of the hosts. Today, however, online casinos have exploded in popularity, becoming a progressively impressive force in both sheer numbers and technological achievements. How far have these developed, and can we ever expect a replacement of the traditional? The Modern Online There were many industries which were quick to jump on the internet train, back when it was finally becoming viable as an avenue of business. Unlike many of their contemporaries, these online casinos have not only stood the test of time, they have evolved to take advantage of the online environment. These have been illustrated in many ways over the years, from an improved range of games as result of software flexibility, to casinos accepting PayPal or other modern forms of online finance. Combine this with the convenience of playing from home, and the almost null-risk of being thrown out for playing in your underwear, and the reasons for this popularity become strikingly obvious. “Online-Pokern” (CC BY 2.0) by wuestenigel Traditional Fun As much as the online casino industry has grown, with an expected 2018 worth of $51.96 million, it still has a while to go before it can match the popularity of in-person casinos. This is due, in part, to the community aspects of real-life casinos, and the tactile feeling of holding a hand of cards, throwing a pair of dice, or pulling the handle on a slot machine, but even these are becoming increasingly seen as somewhat of an unnecessary affectation. “Poker Night” (CC BY 2.0) by chrischappelear While the future paints a picture shared by both of these traditional and modern casinos, we are still yet to reach a natural end-point. Online casinos are still gaining traction, and traditional casinos are still catching up when it comes to online collaboration. Combine this with the improvements brought about by the price drops and progress of modern VR and live gaming websites, and we see an industry only just pushing into maturity. We can’t say for sure what the future will hold, but we do know that gambler won’t be lacking for choice.