This article discusses online casino operations that are standalone versus their counterparts which come in a package with other online gambling operations like sportsbooks and online poker rooms.
There are two main types of online casinos. All of the online casinos that currently exist on the internet can be divided into one of these two distinct groups. The first group consists of online casinos that are their own standalone operation, with the focus completely on the online casino product. The second group consists of online casinos that are part of a larger online gambling chain. In the case of the latter online casino type, the chain usually also comes with at least an online sportsbook and online poker room, although there are also cases where other online gambling facilities are available.
Each particular approach to the online casino has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, although for the purposes of brevity only the major one of each for each online casino type will be discussed below.
In the case of the standalone online casino, the main advantage has to do with customer focus. Because the entire operation is focused on the online casino side of things, you will find that standalone online casinos frequently not only have better service, but are also better when it comes to offering specific amenities to their customers.
Conversely however, online casinos of a standalone nature do not have the same mass market appeal as their counterparts with the online gambling chains. Aside from a handful of very high profile exceptions, standalone online casinos often struggle to get players. For the player this is not a huge deal as online casino gaming does not require the same high traffic that online poker gaming needs, but it is still a reflection on the long term viability of the casino.
As for the chain casinos, the biggest advantage that they bring to the table would have to be convenience. Most of the people interested in online gambling are not people that have an interest in just one aspect of it. There are plenty of people that game at both online casinos and online poker rooms, not to mention place bets at online sportsbooks. In all three cases, the chain online casino provides the best outlet for doing all of those things quickly and efficiently.
This advantage comes at a disadvantage of quality however, as most of the time chain online casinos are of a lower quality than their standalone counterparts. This is to be expected since the chain has many different operations to focus on and when you are dealing with a good brand name, this difference will be small enough that most players will not notice it anyway. In the end, those are the main advantages and disadvantages that you need to weigh when choosing where to play.