Many people wonder about the software that makes online casinos work. There are quite a few companies out there in cyberspace that provide us with the wondrous entertainment that is online gambling. Here are a few of the major players in the industry.

You may have come across Aqua Online (or sometimes called Cytech) and never known that you have. They are the company that have brought such games as Casino Depot, and Geisha Lounge. They seem to have that familiar Microgaming feel, leaving you to wonder if they escaped from them. Aqua Online bears a striking resemblance to the Microgaming software in a number of ways, like the rules, the game selection, payment method. If you look really close even the account numbers seem to suggest Microgaming.

Then of course there is the Microgaming Software, which is one of the most recognizable names in the industry. Back in 2003 they broke new ground with the introduction of their Viper software which had a remarkable auto-play capability. In their blackjack game it manifests as an adjustable basic strategy it follows, where as in poker there is an actual strategy engine that determines the optimal play on the fly. If you are in doubt wither the software is the old platform or the new Viper check for the auto-play feature. They also offer a flash version if you are hesitant about downloading software.

From the country of Sweden comes Boss Media who are one of the oldest software companies around. Their software platform gives realism like few others in the business. Talk about feeling like you are in a real casino. They provide both multi-player and private tables, solid records are kept of every bet you make up to 30 days and transaction records of every deposit/withdrawal and bonus ever made by you. Also, for your safety, when you open an account a PIN is sent to your physical posta;l address which is needed for withdrawal.

A smaller name is Random Logic who are most familiar as the software behind Casino on Net and Reef Club  with both downloadable and Java types available. From Canada comes the Cryptologic company providing downloadable online casino software since 1995. They were the first to provide multi-player games in 1998. Players may earn monthly deposit bonuses, prizes, or cash back incentives and they set the standard of safety followed by Boss Media of sending your account PIN in the postal mail. Always professional, the play is always realistic with sound effects and such as well as a solid, efficient customer service.

Next is WagerWorks who are subsidiary of Silicon Gaming who make video slot machines. WagerWorks always has well designed games with excellent graphics and has licensing to offer such The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune as well as their proprietary games like Caribbean Stud Poker, Three Card Poker. All of their games are implemented in Flash, so no download if you don’t want more software on your computer. They have a good rep in the business for ethics.

Playtech is another familiar name that offers downloadable casino software. The graphics are solid with an easy to use interface that supports both multi-player and single player modes. They also provide separate accounts for both real and play money. Playtech as of the last few years is perhaps the largest software provider and has some excellent casinos.

And finally there is Real Time Gaming software which come in two versions; download and Flash. The casinos that use their software are generally good bonus givers and feature fast play, but there are some questionable ones. In 2002 Casino Merlin, who was a generous bonus giver, went down and with it the player accounts are likely lost. So choose which Real Time Gaming casino to play carefully.