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When most people think of casinos, they imagine the giant land-based resorts of Las Vegas, filled with the cacophony of slot machines and the hustle and bustle of the gaming floor.

The emergence of new technologies is changing the gambling industry immensely, giving people new ways to play and opening up this industry to a generation of digital natives.

Let’s explore the ways in which technology’s influence can be seen in the casino experience of the 21st century, and what this means for the future as well.

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Mobility is becoming the default

Smartphones have taken over the world, transforming every aspect of life from social interactions to professional obligations. The casino industry hasn’t escaped this trend, and indeed has been on the forefront of embracing the potential offered by the mobile era.

Today, it’s easy to find the newest online casino sites which are fully optimized for portable play. Whether you want to spin the reels of a slot game or enjoy table games like poker and roulette, mobile casinos have all this and much more besides.

There are also mobile apps made to replicate what it’s like to visit a casino as well, while also guaranteeing better levels of consistent performance and compatibility on the devices that support them.

Security is growing stronger

Any digital service is a prospective target for hackers, and since online casinos handle such large sums of money, they make a more appealing prospect than most.

Operators are taking the fight to attackers by investing in improved security measures, rolling out everything from two factor authentication to data encryption in an effort to make the experience safer without compromising convenience.

Diversity of play options is growing

We’ve already touched on the way that casino gaming is changing in the face of technological advancements, such as mobile play. However, while making gambling games pocket-sized is certainly impressive, it’s not just the shrinking of the casino experience that has occurred thanks to technological advancements.

The rise of virtual reality (VR) casinos is a testament to this. If you’ve got the right VR gear, then rather than squinting at the screen of a smartphone to gamble, you can pop on a headset and immerse yourself in a fully three dimensional world, in which placing wagers is just one of the delights that awaits.

It’s hard to argue that VR isn’t still a bit of a niche concern at this point, but with a roadmap of major hardware releases plotted out over the next few years, and improvements so that headsets and controllers are less of an inconvenience for users, this looks set to change.

Cryptocurrencies are causing a stir

Gambling has not always relied on traditional methods of exchange to attract and retain players; in fact the first slot machines paid out in fruit, candy and cigars rather than cash prizes. Because of this, you are probably not surprised to hear that casino operators are among the earliest adopters of cryptocurrencies, and are likely to continue innovating with this alternative to fiat currencies for the foreseeable.

This is partly in response to player demand for the ability to gamble with the likes of Bitcoin and Ethereum, although it is equally important to note that casinos themselves stand to benefit from accepting bets, or at least deposits, in currencies that exist outside of the traditional financial system.

Final thoughts

The last thing to mention is that while technology has enhanced and changed the casino experience in many ways, it’s still possible to visit a bricks and mortar venue and gamble in the classic way.

This shows that there’s space for all sorts of casino games and ways to play, and you don’t need to limit yourself to just one.