Software Guide

Casino Software Guide

An online casino is only as good as its software. While some Internet casinos have in-house software governing their games, the majority have licensed developers who provide table games, Live Casino games and slots to the casino.

Just as finding a reliable casino is important when gambling online, so finding the best software developers is important too. The reputation of a casino only goes as far as the reputation of the software houses themselves.

Casinos will often boast multiple developers too, so with some sites you're getting a decent spread of games from a range of respected manufacturers.

Licensing and Auditing

Casinos are licensed and regulated by offshore gambling jurisdictions like the Isle of Man or Gibraltar. However, software developers themselves must obtain licenses to operate in the market. That means their games are overseen by the same bodies as the casino sites themselves.

In Australia, the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 doesn't prohibit licensed offshore operators from offering games to Aussies, but at least you know that by playing at offshore sites you're guaranteed of a safe game.

Part of securing and maintaining a licence is ensuring that your software is regularly audited. Games and casinos are regularly audited by independent bodies like TST and eCOGRA who ensure a fair game.

RNGs (Random Number Generators)

Any game involving chance, be it a pokie, roulette or craps, is governed by an RNG, or Random Number Generator.

These programs ensure a totally fair game and will be tested several times a year by auditors.

The 'randomness' of these RNGs only goes so far and in effect online games have a rough payout percentage over time. In fact, most casinos (and a lot of online pokies) will publish RTPs in their games. These 'Return to Player' percentages show how much is returned to players over the long-term.

While land-based pokie machine RTPs are usually found in the 80-85 percent region, many online RTPs run in the 90s. Obviously, as a canny player it's up to you to hunt out the casinos with the best payout percentages and the pokies with the highest RTPs.

Live Casinos

The beauty of online casinos is that you can enjoy land-based casino-style gambling in the comfort of your own home.

The first Live Casinos, or Live Dealer Casinos, sprung up in Ireland in the mid-2000s and feature a human croupier operating a real-life roulette wheel or dealing real blackjack cards. Live Casinos are great for players who don't want to rely on a programmed RNG to govern the play and there's always a 'human' element in the drop of the ball or spin of the wheel.

You make bets in the same way on a virtual table on-screen, but you watch the action via a webcam stream. Players can even chat to the dealer via the chatbox and they will reply in real time. Winning bets are paid out by the computer in the normal way.

With blackjack, the dealer uses special cards that have chips or barcodes on them. Hardware reads the cards being dealt out and relays them to the casino page. Again, winnings are paid out by the computer in the usual way.

Online Pokies

There are thousands of online pokies available to play for real money today. And with dozens of developers, the style, gameplay and payouts of each slot can vary dramatically.

Such is the variety at today's online casinos, you're likely to find 'Classic' Vegas-style 3-reel pokies sitting alongside newer 5-reel video pokies and the latest 3D immersive titles.

If you're playing on an instant-play site via your web browser, most times you'll be playing either Flash or Java games. These are specially designed to load up in your browser without the need to download cumbersome clients to the desktop first.

Similarly, the new mobile pokies operate in HTML5 and are designed to work well on a smartphone or tablet.

Major Software Developers

From pokies to roulette and poker, some developers have set themselves apart from the rest. While the list of online gaming developers could go on for pages, we've picked out a few of the best.

Cryptologcic Logo

One of the biggest players in online gaming, the firm has changed hands in recent years but shows no signs of slowing down yet.
Read more about Cryptologic

Playtech Logo

Responsible for some of the most-respected casino software anywhere online, Playtech started out in 1999 and boasts pokies, bingo, poker and sportsbetting strings to its bow.
Read more about Playtech

Microgaming Logo

Responsible for opening the world's first ever online casino in 1994, Microgaming have gone on to develop pokies and power some of the best online casinos on the net. If it's powered by Microgaming, chances are it's a ripper place to play.
Read more about Microgaming

RTG Logo

Real-Time Gaming (RTG) started life in the US and is now based and licensed in Costa Rica. Despite some wobbles, they churn out decent games, including a solid pokies portfolio.
Read more about RTG

NetEnt Logo

Based in Sweden, NetEnt (Net Entertainment) has a bulging awards shelf for its various online casino games. And for good reason: NetEnt-powered sites have reliable games and some of the best pokies around.
Read more about NetEnt

Evolution Logo

Founded in 2006, Evolution is arguably the world's biggest supplier of Live Dealer software for online casinos.
Read more about Evolution

Find the Best Software At Online Casinos

Whether you're looking for the best 5-reel pokies, the sweetest Live Dealer action, or slick HD blackjack tables, you'll find casinos with the best developers in the business features on

Software FAQ:

  1. How Does Casino Software Work?

    Casino software works by keeping your graphics looking great, your gameplay fair and your entire experience in the casino smooth.

  2. What Is The Difference Between Each Provider?

    Each provider usually specialises the software on a different aspect. For instance, one might be famous for its excellent 3D graphics on the PC, and another might have an excellent reputation making apps for mobile and tablets.

  3. Is The Software Safe To Play?

    As long as a reputable third party company has provided it, the software is safe to play. If you are unsure and don’t recognise the company, either Google them or check back on this page to see what the experts say about them. If you can’t find much about them, then the chances are they are not to be trusted and unsafe to play.

  4. Where Can I Find The Best Games?

    It couldn’t be easier. You can simply find the best games by exploring this site. We list hundreds of amazing casino games that have all received over 90% positive reviews from users. Our resident experts then check through the sites and make sure they are all using top rate software and technology and that they are secure and enjoyable to play.

  5. Who Is Responsible For The Jackpot Amounts?

    The third party company regulates the progressive jackpot amounts, as the code required to calculate them is already inbuilt in the software. Some casinos may set a limit to their jackpots, however you are more likely to want to play and find the progressive jackpots.

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