David Bowie said that the internet was an alien life force that would change everything, and that was back in the 1990s when the web was still in its infancy. Looking at his prediction from the vantage point of 2022, it’s undeniable that he was correct: the internet did change everything, from how we work, communicate, and entertain ourselves. Some industries were slow to catch on, but when they did, it had a transformative effect. This is the case with casinos, which were historically based in “the real world” but are now increasingly based in the digital sphere.
Today, more Canadians than ever are playing casino games online than ever before. But why is that the case? Let’s take a look at some of the key reasons.
They Have a Device For It
Canadians love smartphones. On a per capita basis, Canada has among the highest rate of smartphone ownership in the world. And in this day and age, when you have a smartphone, you essentially have a moveable casino device. The best online casinos can be used on all browsers, allowing Canadians to play their favourite casino games on their smartphone or desktop with just a few button clicks.
Even if a person wanted to play at a real-world casino, that’s not always possible. Canada is a big old place, after all, and it’s not as if there’s a casino on every street corner. A Canadian would likely need to make a trip to the centre of one of the major cities if they wanted to play in a real casino. But thanks to the web, they can play at a Canadian casino online, right from the comfort of their own homes. That means no getting dressed, no long journeys, and no expensive parking fees — it’s pure convenience, in other words.
There Are More Game Options Available
Even if a person lived within easy walking distance of a casino (which is unlikely), they still might prefer to play online. Why? Because casinos have finite offerings. You’ll likely only find the classic table games, and the slot games will be limited, too. When you play online, you do away with these problems. If you’re looking for one of those niche, harder-to-find games, you’re unlikely to find them in your nearest casino. You may find them in one of the larger Las Vegas resorts, but they’re in Las Vegas, not Canada. Online casinos tend to have a much greater variety of slot games, too.
Real-world casinos have historically had one major advantage over online casinos: they were secure. If you went into a casino and somehow lost your money, then you’d have grounds to bring a lawsuit against the owners and get your money back. You could trust that the system was fair.
This hasn’t always been the case with online casinos. In the past, if you deposited money at an online casino website, there was a chance that you’d never see it again. This wasn’t always because of bad-faith casino owners but hackers who could successfully target those websites. But those days are gone. The casino industry has gone to great lengths to ensure that online websites are safe and secure. That gives Canadians peace of mind that they’re playing in an environment that is as secure as a real-world casino.
It took time for Canadians to embrace the possibilities of digital gambling. But now that they have, it seems unlikely that they’ll go back to real-world casinos. The online versions just have so many advantages that allow them to offer an experience that doesn’t just match the real-world experience but in many ways, surpasses it.