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Guide to Software

Even though there are literally thousands of online casinos available today most of the well-established casinos are using one of a small group of software providers, which offer turnkey solutions to the gambling industry.

The fact that most casinos are using one of a small group of software providers makes it a lot easier for you to choose between the large amount of casinos out there: Casinos using the same software most likely offer roughly the same games, the same type of promotions, the same banking methods and so on.

I will now give you a short description of some of the most well established and reputable software providers:


Boss Media

Boss Media, based in Sweden, is one of the largest and oldest software providers around. Their software and games are perhaps the closest you can get to a real casino compared to other software providers – although a bit slow. Both multi-player and private tables are available. An easily accessible transaction record shows your every bet, deposit, bonus, and withdrawal, going back as far as you want – this is quite unique.

The banking options available are quite limited but you can generally use the most common methods like VISA, Mastercard, Neteller, Firepay, Wire Transfer and Telebuy/900pay.

Recently more and more Boss Media casinos have started offering monthly bonuses on top of the regular signup offers. All promotions are added to your account instantly.

Boss Media is definitely my favorite and there has never been any problems with a casino using this software.


Microgaming

This South African based developer firm produces one of the most widely used software types out there. The affiliated casinos are generally of high standard with very few exceptions. Look for the symbol for Kahnawake Gaming Council where most of these casinos are licensed.
The Microgaming software offers a large variety of both single and multiplayer games and in the new version of the software called Viper a lot of new and groundbreaking features have been introduced: Expert Mode that gives you advice of the best playing strategy and Autoplay Mode that enables the player to automatically play a selected number of consecutive hands or spins without having to interact with the software.

Please note that not all Microgaming casinos have introduced the new Viper software.

The promotions vary a great deal but you should be aware that a lot of countries are banned from playing or from receiving promotions so be sure to check out the terms.


Cryptologic

This is one of the “grand old men” of Internet gambling and their records are as good as flawless. The games ranges from good to fantastic, transactions are trustworthy and the customer support works well. The company was founded in 1995, went live with their first casino in 1996, and was the first to provide multi-player games in 1998.

Most of the casinos using Cryptologic offer monthly bonuses which are credited instantly after deposit. However you must wait for a Pin Code by regular mail to withdraw you money.


Playtech

Based in the Netherlands the software runs fast and smooth. The reputation of the associated casinos is unspoiled and the bonuses pretty good. The only downside is that the odds tend to be a bit on the low side and there is only a downloadable version available.

On the other hand Playtech offers multiplayer games and special versions of the well known games like Blackjack Switch which gives the player some really good odds.

As more and more casinos choose to use software from Playtech they have rapidly become a serious player in the gambling industry.