More and more of the gambling public are turning their backs on online casinos to try and ply their trade at online bingo. Obviously, online casinos are now providing their own form of a bingo buzz but it will take time before they attract the type of numbers that are associated with the bingo big boys of the gambling sector.
Those that concentrate purely on bingo will always attract more bingo players than those that concentrate of full on casino gambling. They may have a bingo game available but they also have table games, poker and online slots to lure potential and would be players.
Bingo has a faster set up rate. You find the bingo room you are looking for, sign up and play, whereas with online casinos you may not yet know exactly what game you are likely to play or even stick with on a long term basis. This makes bingo an easy gamble (no pun intended!) as you know what you are going to get, anything after that is just a bonus. The other main attraction of bingo is the large chat rooms and forums available, you have the time to chat, and with forethought can afford to chat whilst playing or not. When sat at a blackjack table however, the last thing you want is something in the corner of your eye flashing up and down showing who is chatting to who and who has won what.It simply isn't feasible at online casinos.
A certain article in The Times today (22nd June 2009) advised that almost 20% of bingo as a whole is now played online with
admissions being the major factor, the more you have playing, the more there is in prize money. Another reason that online casinos will find it hard to compete as an increase in blackjack or roulette players does not increase what you could win if a ball lands on 8 black.
The only real option that
have, and, could possibly deliver on, is to branch out. Many have done this with good effect. Virgin Games for example were once purely an online casino, but have now delved into the online bingo market with Virgin Bingo.
Each online casino will want a nice slice of the cake and those that take longer than others will be most affected when it comes to how much of a slice each casino takes.
There is an interesting background to the Cambodia casinos that lie just across the border from neighboring Thailand, where casino gambling is illegal. Eight casinos are situated in a relatively small area in the city of Poipet in Cambodia. This conclave of Cambodia casinos is in a prime location, a three to four drive from Bangkok and Macao, the two biggest gambling centers in Asia. Cambodia casinos do a thriving business with Thai workers and visitors from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with only very few Westerners. The phenomenal income gained from the casinos ranges from $7.5 million to over 12.5 million, and there are few restrictions or registration requirements for casino ownership. Ownership is presumed to be largely Thai; however, investment sources are vague. The borders are officially open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and although visas are supposedly required to cross, there are ways around this, as is true of most border crossings.
The first Cambodia casinos opened in Phnom Penh in 1994, but were forced to close in 1998, leaving only one casino in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a stationary boat casino, features 150 slots and sixty table games. The Naga casino is open 24 hours with 42 tables of mini-baccarat, four tables of blackjack, 10 of roulette, two of Caribbean Stud Poker, and one each of Pai-Gow and Tai-Sai.
The first casino in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, opened in 1999 and the Golden Crown soon followed. There are 150 slots and five table games at the Golden Crown and 104 slots and 68 table games at the Holiday Palace. The newer Holiday Palace Casino and Resort features 300 slots and 70 table games and the Princess Hotel and Casino, also in Poipet, has 166 slots and 96 gaming tables, including 87 baccarat (the most popular game), Fan Tan, and Pai Gow. In addition, there is the Casino Tropicana, with 135 slots and 66 of the familiar table games, as well as one table of Casino Stud Poker. Another one of the eight casinos in Poipet, also in a hotel, is the Princess Casino with 166 slots and 97 games. The Star Vegas Casino is part of an international resort and hotel complex that features a number of amenities in addition to the casino, which has 10,000 square feet of 130 slots and 88 table games.
Across the Cambodian border at Asmech/Surin is one casino, the Casino O Samet, with 100 slots and 50 tables of baccarat. In addition, the Koh Kong Casino, in the province of Trat, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with 100 slots and four table games. A smaller casino, Le Macau Casino and Hotel, opened recently at Bavet on the Vietnamese border.