Since the inception of the internet when  online gambling  was available to anyone with a credit card it has grown to become an industry worth billions in revenue each day. Casinos started of using very basic software, usually players were forced in to download a windows application to install bulky clients with simple games like blackjack, since then it has evolved at a frantic rate to what you see today.

Microgaming were the first software team to develop online casino software, they are very much a powerhouse in todays scene offering games to most of the major providers such as Ladbrokes. Although they aren’t the market leader in the UK (this title belongs to Playtech) they do have a huge presence and are a very solid well known brand  Microgaming worked in conjunction with Cryptologic to offer the first secure online gaming transactions all the way back in 1994

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2 years after the first casino launch the  Kahnawake Gaming Commission started issuing licenses to online operators in order to attempt to keep it fair and regulated. In just 1 year between 96 and 97 the amount of online casinos exploded from 15 to 200. In 1998 online gambling revenue reached almost $1bn.

In 1999 we saw the launch of the first ever online poker site, quickly followed in the USA by the Internet gambling Prohibition act which looked to ban all forms of online gambling for US residents, this bill failed to pass but several years later the UIGEA did pass making it illegal for banks to process gambling transactions.

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In 2000 the australian government introduced  the  Interactive Gambling Moratorium Act, making it illegal for any casino operating before 2000 or without a license to operate, this left 1 casino open for ausralian residents ‘Lasseter’s casino‘ The following 2 years continued to see online gambling rise and was worth $21 bn a year by 2002.

From 2002 we saw the launch of many new poker sites such as Pokerstars (todays leader), full tilt poker, ultimatebet, absolute and paradise poker (which were at one time the market leader, now they are part of a small network which gets a fraction of pokerstars traffic)

Game play has also improved drastically with players being able to play on mobile devices with HD screens, o using their PC without tthe need to download additional software. Live casinos have also taken off by giving players the ability to play table games with real life dealers and others players from around the world