Over the course of the last decade, the explosive growth of the online poker industry has been well documented. The bottom line is, people love to gamble, and this desire has led to the seemingly limitless popularity of websites that bring in millions of internet poker players and simulate the conditions and gameplay at world class casinos like the MGM Grand.
However, it's also worth noting that the full casino experience goes well beyond poker - including video game-like arcade games.
People enjoy visiting casinos for a variety of gaming-related reasons, from poker and blackjack, to slots and roulette, and even sports betting and spectating. This is why some online gaming sites are seeking to provide more diverse gambling and arcade options. For example, the popular gaming site BetFair has an entire arcade section designed to encompass various aspects of casino gaming. Here are a few examples of their many popular arcade games, all of which enable real money gambling.
A game that focuses on slots, Grand Casino is particularly appealing because it doesn't flood your computer screen with graphics and flashing lights - it's meant to be played, not looked at. Bets can range from £2 to £500, and the game's top jackpot prize is a formidable £250,000.
Spin A Win
An arcade alternative to roulette, this game features a ring of numbers (1-24) divided into 5 different colors. Players can make a wide range of bets based on where the ball will land on a given spin, and in this game there's also the option of making a follow-up bet on whether the next spin will land on a higher or lower number than the first.
Instead of offering a traditional online poker environment in which players compete live against one another, Hold'em Showdown takes the blueprint of Texas Hold'em style poker and puts an arcade twist on it. Basically, as the player, you choose between 4 sets of "opponent" cards, betting on the one you think is most likely to defeat the unseen dealer hand. Once you've chosen, the remaining cards are dealt and either you or the dealer wins the bet.
For sports fans, this soccer-based game is a great arcade gambling attraction. It may not be FIFA 14, but for a gambling arcade game, it's a pretty fun soccer experience. Players are presented with a goal protected by a goalkeeper, and must pick a spot to shoot at in an attempt to score. Different spots have different odds depending on difficulty, and each shot is its own bet. The shooting and saving themselves are based on chance, but what matters is how boldly you want to try to score.
This is a pretty straightforward bingo arcade game where players can win different amounts of money for different draws. At the outset of the game, you can cycle through cards until you find one that you want to play with.
Ultimately, these are just a few of several arcade gaming options you'll find at BetFair. The overall experience offers a diverse set of entertainment, and closely approximates the versatility of a true casino gaming experience.