More and more people are doing more and more things online: watching movies, buying clothes, playing games, and even ordering groceries. Along with that millions of people have gone online to gamble.
Some online gamblers are traditional sports bettors who have abandoned the local betting shop in favor of the convenience of online betting. Others, are far more into the thrill of slot machines or table games, but would rather play at home instead of traveling to some distant land-based casino.
For many years, online gambling sites catered to one type of gambler. Poker sites only offered poker games, online casinos only supported casino games, and betting sites only offered sports bets.
That is all changing, as many of the top bookmaking sites now offer full-service casinos as well. Traditionally, one of the main differences between online casinos and online betting sites was the use of software. In order to play at online casinos, players would have to download a program that would run independently of their browser. Some casinos offered instant play within browsers, but with far fewer games than their downloaded versions.
Conversely, online sports betting sites did everything within the browser itself. Bettors logged onto the site and could place bets, monitor real-time scores, and read news and tips. But now, these delineations are disappearing. Sites like Paddy Power casino offer both sports betting and casino games in their downloadable client. If you go to Betfair casino, you will be able to play any manner of slot or casino game once you log in to their browser-based site, along with placing hundreds of different sports bets.
Bet365 casino is another betting site which now offers a full-service casino, one which can be accessed from just about anywhere. You can use their downloadable client to play slots, log on to the website to watch live feeds and place real-time bets, or even use your mobile device to monitor your bets or play a little blackjack while waiting for the bus.
As online gambling providers move further towards offering a full suite of gambling options, the already-blurred lines between online casinos and betting sites will disappear completely as every site tries to offer everyone everything.