Over the course of the last year, online casinos have exploded in popularity. According to one recently published industry report, the global online gambling market reached a new all-time high of $57.11bn, and is expected to reach a staggering $97.69bn by 2025 — which represents a compounding annual growth rate of 11.31%.
This level of growth certainly seems to be reflected in the South African gaming market, with online casinos based here having had a bumper year in terms of total revenue and new user sign-ups. Although South Africa was somewhat late to the game in terms of the availability and accessibility of online casinos, this is clearly no longer the case. With the South African market one of the most lively and dynamic in terms of overall growth, the total number of players, and the number of new players entering the market in recent years have been rapidly increasing. With the digital economy forming an increasingly important part of the economic health of South Africa, it looks like this sector will be important in securing South Africa’s future.
Beyond the general state of the market, however, what are the playing habits of South African casino fans these days? And with regard to the rise of online casinos, are the popular casino games available on mobile proving to be the same games that were popular in physical casinos?
For the more casual player in a physical casino setting, slot machines have historically been one of the most popular options. They are fun and incredibly easy to pick up and play, and for this reason, have been the go-to options for casino-goers over the years.
In the age of the digital casino, new generations of players are turning to slots for exactly the same reason! Although virtual slot machine games lack the same satisfying physicality as an old-school slot machine, digital versions sacrifice none of the fun.
In the digital environment, slot games have proven to be particularly popular for the sheer number of variations there are. No matter what your tastes or preferences are, there is a version out there perfectly suited for your own specific tastes!
If you are looking for a casino game that you can begin playing within seconds of launching your mobile casino app, virtual slots are just what you need!
Although it is often overlooked for the more well-known blackjack, baccarat is one of the easiest to play — and most fun — games offered in casinos.
While the rules might seem a little daunting at first, baccarat is actually incredibly simple to play.
In a game of baccarat, the dealer will deal four cards face up. Two of these are for the player, with the other two for the banker (or dealer). If neither hand equals an eight or a nine, a fifth card can be drawn. Whichever hand equals the closes to nine, wins. If you bet on the player’s hand and it totals the closest to nine, the winnings will be double whatever you have bet. If you bet on the banker’s hand to win and its wins, you will get 95% of your wager. If the cards are greater than nine, you add the two cards together and drop the one or two to get the value.
As you can see, the ruleset is slightly more complex than blackjack. This does not mean it is any less fun to play, however. In fact, baccarat is often favoured by players over blackjack because it does have a little bit more substance to it, while also having an equally quick pace of play.
This format has proven to be perfectly suited to the online casino environment, with baccarat consistently being one of the most popular card games on offer.
Live casino games
Although not a specific game type itself — instead of covering a variety of different game types — live casino games have exploded in popularity over the last couple of years.
Providing players with a truly unique casino experience from the comfort of their own home, live casino games have become popular with players for the immersive gaming experience they provide.
Live casino games support a number of different casino game types, although roulette and card games, such as blackjack and baccarat, seem to be particularly popular.
These games are perfectly suited to the online casino environment as they have a high level of dealer involvement in the game, which gives you the opportunity to engage with them as you play. This adds a unique social aspect to the game, which is one of the main reasons that players keep coming back for more. If you are looking for a fun, immersive casino experience, live casino games are an exciting option!