With the online casino boom that has happened in recent years, the customer has been faced with more choices for their online casino gaming than they have ever had before. Ultimately, this is a good thing because it ultimately means that there is going to be more competition to get customers and that competition will bring costs down (i.e. bring the house edges down) and bring quality up. This type of competition has already reared its head in conflict between three major types of online casinos that have emerged from the casino boom. These are web-based casinos, download-based casinos and live-based casinos.
Download perhaps deserves to be mentioned first simply because it is the type of online casino that really started it all. These are the most common casinos you will see around and indeed it is pretty much guaranteed that all of the casino websites that you visit will have an element of download incorporated into their overall design should the customer wish to go that route. Additionally, most of the live casinos will also have download elements and therefore can be considered download casinos.
A download casino is exactly what the name implies. While the casino action takes place over an online server, you must download software in order to facilitate that casino action. The software has the information for the games and the overall casino lobby and therefore is able to handle everything in terms of graphics and gaming for you right on your hard drive.
Web casinos are very similar to online casinos in the sense that a lot of the games are going to be the same. However, web casinos are played online at an internet site through the use of a program like flash. There is no download required for the web casinos of today and in fact what you will find is that many people that are on the run or do not have the space to spare on their hard drive will go for the online web casinos because of the ease on system resources they are known for.
In fact, web casinos have become so popular in recent times that many casinos will now offer users the choice between a web experience and a download experience. This way, you can go back and forth between the two and decide what you like the best.
Live casinos are extremely fun, even though they are currently in the minority as far as casinos go. Live casinos have actual dealers working all of the different games and the dealers interact with the actual players through the use of online chat and a webcam. The cards and the roulette table and everything else is completely real and that is perhaps where some of the allure for online live casinos rests. The idea of being able to play live casino games from the comfort of your own home is part of what drives the popularity of these particular institutions.