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When most people hear the words "online gambling" they almost automatically think of casino style gaming. In truth, however, online casino gaming is only a moderate slice of the Internet gambling pie. Sports books, lottery sites, combinations sites and bingo halls are also a part of the ever-evolving online gambling scene, with each offering different forms of gaming designed to suit bettors of all tastes.

To help you get started and an online player, below is a brief overview of each of these types of sites.

What exactly IS an online casino? Simply put, online casinos are computer generated simulations that offer real-time wagering on classic casino games. Casinos online are nearly identical to their land-based brethren, allowing patrons to select a game, buy their chips and wager real money against the house, or in some cases against other players. The only fundamental difference between the two venues is that with online casinos, wagering takes place through a computer. So, just as you would expect to walk into a casino anywhere in the world and find all of your favorite games of chance, so, too, will you find them in their online counterparts. We aim to assist you find the best online casino.

Sports books
One of the founding fathers of online gambling, sports betting is the second largest segment of the I-gambling industry. It consists of web sites that cater almost exclusively to sports enthusiasts, offering news, daily updates on events, live lines, picks, and of course the ability to bet on a variety of sporting events.

Because of the nature of these types of sites, don't expect much in the way of pizzazz. Unlike casinos, where players have to walk around, pick out games to play and tables to sit at, sports books need only have players find what they want to bet on and select it. That's not to say that the sites are any less enjoyable or well designed, only that the nature of this betting venue requires a more straightforward approach.

Since bingo is sort of the hybrid of casino gambling and lottery games - having players sit in a hall waiting for the results - site design typically mimics real life. After selecting the game and buying the cards, players sit and wait for the results, and then start the process all over again. Because this tends to get a little tedious after awhile, most bingo sites have implemented a chat feature that allows fellow bingo lovers to converse while playing.

One of the world's most popular and challenging games, poker sites have quickly become an online gambling mainstay. We have dedicated an entire section section of this website to online poker.

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