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Download VS. No Download Online Casinos

By:, Wednesday June 4th 2008
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If you're new to online casinos and have never played before it's good to understand the differences between the two versions of the software that are made available online. Both the download and no download instant play flash versions of online casinos offer exciting casino entertainment however each has it's own set of characteristics making each uniquely attractive and unattractive in their own ways. Below we've outlined some key information about each of the two.

Download Casinos

Some would argue that the download version of online casino software are superior to that of the no download version. This is in fact true in that the download version offers richer graphics, more compelling sound and a more reliable gaming experience overall. The reason for this is largely attributed to where we are in respect to technology including the software and tools that power such gaming products, internet bandwidth and such other factors. There are many conveniences and benefits to downloading online casino software and hence this is typically why operators will push players more so to download then to play the instant play no download versions. Below we've outlined some of the key pros and cons to the download versions of online casinos.

Download Casino Preview:

The following preview is one showing what the download version of an online casino could look like. This specific image is a screen shot of All Slots Casino a Microgaming software powered casino.


  • Rich graphics and sound with feature rich software client offering many options.
  • Smooth animations especially in slots games in the spinning of the reels.
  • More reliable system leading to a more reliable gaming experience.
  • The download casinos generally have a more intuitive user interface.
  • Do not have to wait as long as you do with no download casinos to launch a casino game.


  • Takes slightly longer to get up and playing then no download version.
  • Complete software package from online casino can range between 100 - 250+ MB of your had drive space.
  • You cannot simply login to your player account from any computer and play like you can with no download casinos.

No Download Online Casinos

The no download version of online casinos is typically powered by Flash technology and is played in your web browser (ie. Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox), meaning that you'll need to have the Flash plug-in loaded on your computer in order to load the casino and play games. More so then with download casinos the no download versions typically can get you up and playing quicker then the download versions as both the lobby and the games are lighter in file size. No download Flash versions of online casinos typically don't offer the exact same suite of games as the download versions and if they do there may be times when the game was scaled down so as to still work well within the Flash casino. Featured below you'll find a pros and cons list to no download casinos.

No Download Casino Preview:

The preview as seen below illustrates what the no download flash instant play version of All Slots Casino looks like.

No Download Online Casino Preview


  • You can play from any computer in the world without the need to re-download the software.
  • No download online casinos allow you to conveniently play from within popular web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Getting stated and playing is typically quicker then that of download casinos.


  • On slower internet connections because the games are loaded from the internet each time you play it can take a while to get a game loaded. This isn't something that occurs that often unless you're still using a dial-up connection.
  • Graphics and sound can be dull and boarding.
  • Typically the gaming experience isn't as reliable as the software is web based and cannot take advantage of native operating system functionality allowing for recovery, retries and persistence in certain cases (for example with the download version if there is an error the casino will do it's best to recover so as to not interfere with the gaming experience while of course making sure everything is done properly).

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Comment by: sadie777 On: August 02, 2010
The download version of online casinos are far better no matter what anyone will tell you. All you really need to do is go out there and expereince it yourself to get a real feel for how it should all work out!
Comment by: pillatto On: April 22, 2010
For those out there who don't know the difference these people have it right there's no doubt in my mind in my expereince at playing at online casinos that the download version of online casino is better. Richer graphics, better sound, etc... are just the beginning of what makes the expereince better. Reliability, more robust, better in general IMO.
Comment by: bbqboyhere On: February 19, 2010
I always prefer the download vs. the no download online casino for obvious reasons as stated but also for my own personal reasons and experiences. I think that once you play both it'll be easy for you to see the benefits of playing the download version over the instant play version any day!
Comment by: Dr. Braisen On: February 13, 2010
I think that comparing download and no download online casinos depends on where you're playing as some no download versions really stink whereas others are really good. There's no doubt that you can't go wrong with the download version of playing at online casinos though as they'll always be better in most ways.
Comment by: Morris On: January 23, 2010
I like both but am on board with all your views. There's no doubt that the quality of the gaming is much better in what you get when you play a download version of the casino. If however you're looking for speed and convenience then the no download flash version of the online casinos out there perhaps are a better choice for you.
Comment by: Sara D. On: October 09, 2009
I don't understand why anyone these days would go any route but the download route. The download casino software packages out there are far superior and better maintained as opposed to the no download flash counter part that most online casinos out there are offering their players. Additionally feature set wise you'll always find that the download version of online casino software is superior.
Comment by: Hero On: July 13, 2009
The choice is easy when it comes to choosing between a no download online casino and one to download flash or java instant play online casinos and ones that you download and install on your computer. There's really no comparison! The download version of an online casino is far superior and definitely worth the time it takes to download and install the software. The only benefit I really see to no download casinos is that you can play them from anywhere and you don't need to constantly download and install software on different machines. This also however introduces some security issues. Anyways if you have the choice always opt for the download version of the online casino you're looking to play at!
Comment by: Kerry Bonnenstien On: June 29, 2009
There's no doubt that download versions of online casino software are far better then the no download versions. The fact is that casino software providers put more time and energy into developing the download version of their online casino software then the no download versions. The reason is simple in that players that play the download versions are worth more money to the casino over the long run as they'll always have the casino software application installed on their computer (of course unless they uninstall it). I'm personally a player who will play nothing but the download versions of casinos. There's so many other reasons why it's better including the fact that the graphics and sounds are better, they're easier to navigate, etc...

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