Selecting Casino Software Online

One of the important considerations in selecting an online casino is evaluating the software that runs the casino. There are about half a dozen reputed online gaming software providers. These are Microgaming, Cryptologic, Real Time Gaming, Vegas Technology, Playtech and Rival Gaming. Each of these software providers has distinctive characteristics and features. Players have to make a selection based on which of these software providers best matches their requirements.

Not all online gaming software providers allow their casinos to accept players from the United States. Therefore if the player is from America then he has a limited choice. Microgaming, Cryptologic and Playtech are automatically ruled out. The player has to choose from Real Time Gaming, Vegas Technology and Rival Gaming.

The choice of games offered by the software provider is one of the critical criteria for selection. Online slot games are very popular and each software provider has a niche offering. Players who want to wager on the progressive jackpots with large payouts should opt for Microgaming. American players can select Real Time Gaming. On the other hand players who prefer progressive jackpots that pay out more frequently, even though in smaller amounts, can check out Cryptologic. Cryptologic is also well known for its Marvel Comics branded slot games. Players who love superheroes like Spiderman or the Hulk will enjoy Cryptologic online casinos. There are still many players who love the old-fashioned 3-reel online slot games. All software providers offer a fine collection of such games, but Vegas Technology has some excellent 3-reel progressive jackpot slots. I-slots, which are skill-based interactive slot games, can be found only in Rival Gaming online casinos.

As far as the other online casino games go, there is not as much difference between the different online gaming software providers. However, Microgaming does offer a better blackjack selection. Playtech is perhaps the only software provider that offers arcade games in its online casinos. Playtech also offers more Asian online casino games than other software providers.

Novelty is as important in online casinos as in any other field of entertainment. Those players who want new games month after month would do well to select a Microgaming online casino. Microgaming has been adding four new games per month for a long time and its total portfolio now exceeds more than 400 games. The other online gaming software providers also add new games but not with the same frequency.

There are many players who thrive on online tournaments. Online tournaments allow players to win reasonable sized prizes with nominal entry fees. Vegas Technology online casinos offer the best scheduled online tournaments with guaranteed prize pools. The schedules are usually set out at the beginning of the month so that players can plan out their wagering programs. Also different Vegas Technology online casino groups offer different sets of tournaments. Real Time Gaming offers head to head blackjack tournaments. Such tournaments are not offered by other online gaming software providers.

Software features are also an important criterion. Microgaming has the best customization options. Microgaming also offers the most detailed game statistics. Therefore players who value these features would prefer Microgaming online casinos. However, a basic level of features is offered by all online gaming software providers and those who choose software providers other than Microgaming will not lose out very much.

One final factor that online players have to take into account is the system requirements and whether their own computer system fits the bill. For example, though Microgaming offers the best games and features it also imposes more stringent system requirements and takes up more of the hard disk space than other online gaming software providers. Therefore players have to make the balance between the different advantages and disadvantages and then arrive at a considered selection.

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Comment by: Nathan Black On: December 17, 2009
I start by selecting and trying casinos where I know I can play. There's nothing more frustrating to start playing at an online casino only to later find out after you've download and installed and are now at the point where you're trying to create an account that they won't let you play there as they don't accept players from the country you live in!
Comment by: French Kiss On: November 07, 2009
I choose the online casino software by reputation, types of games they have available and by looking at the various online casinos that are powered by that software provider and the kinds of bonuses that they offer.
Comment by: Karon Spence On: October 16, 2009
If you're going by games then selecting online casino software should be relatively straight forward. I think if this is the case that players should really focus on playing at either Microgaming online casino or Playtech online casinos. I think that this is one of the most important factors when selecting the online casino software and casinos you want to play at.
Comment by: Angie Kent On: September 20, 2009
I really think that selecting to play is a matter of preference like anything else in life. However depending on where you want to play certain online casinos may be better and more appropriate for you. For example if you're an avid slots player then Microgaming casinos would probably be the best choice for you provided you're not from the United States and can actually play at their casinos. Whereas if you're into table games although Microgaming casinos are great for table games Playtech casinos have some really great table games that are worth checking out and playing as well. So it really depends on what you're looking for ultimately.
Comment by: Jane Parker On: September 14, 2009
I choose and play at online casinos for real money that I enjoy playing for fun first. Usually I try several games at an online casino and if it's a new software provider I like to hear a lot of positive feedback before I'll even consider playing with them or more importantly casinos that use that particular software.
Comment by: Carmen Diablo On: September 08, 2009
I have to disagree with what's said in this article about their not being all that much of a difference between the games offered by various software providers out there. There's a huge difference in the quality, quantity and caliber of the games that are produced by different software providers. Not only does Microgaming have the biggest assortment of games but they also offer the biggest variety and selection. Also their games are much different then say the games that are offered at RTG casinos. So sorry this statement is simply not true there's a huge difference!
Comment by: Stephen P. On: September 04, 2009
I pick based on where I can play. Currently I'm limited in where I can play to casinos that are powered by select gaming software providers out there. I still have a great selection of Vegas Technology and RTG powered online casinos to choose from and play although I tend to gravitate towards the Vegas Technology casinos.
Comment by: Hero On: September 03, 2009
When choosing online casino software that you're interested in playing the first thing you should look into is whether the casinos that are operated on this platform / software support and allow you to play based on where you live. Some online casino software providers make the rule that you can't play at casinos that use it's software. Many operators make their own rules regarding this as well so make sure you read the casinos terms and conditions. If you are free to play anywhere you should definitely check out Microgaming, Cryptologic and Playtech powered online casinos as these three are some of the biggest providers of online casino software out there.

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