Oldest Online Casino Sites

The oldest casino sites online were launched in the mid 1990s. Many of them are still in existence today. Some of them have changed owners and some others exist in new avatars. But by and large most of them are flourishing.

Microgaming was the pioneer in online casino software development and therefore it stands to reason that some of the oldest casino sites are powered by Microgaming. The first online casino was The Gaming Club. The name itself conveys a sense of exclusivity. The Gaming Club was so popular that its owners launched other online casinos and the entire group came to be known as The Gaming Club Group. The other online casinos of this group were Jackpot City, Showdown and Home Casino. In 2004 the Carmen Media Group bought The Gaming Club Group and merged it with other online casinos to form the Belle Rock Group. Today one of the oldest casino sites, The Gaming Club, is known as a leading brand of the Belle Rock Group. However, as the testimony to being one of the oldest casino sites The Gaming Club advertises itself as the first online casino that was established in 1994.

Another of the oldest casino sites powered by Microgaming that has done very well is Intertops Casino. This online casino was launched in 1996. Intertops has since then added on online poker and online sports betting to its services. Till 2006 the online gambling industry was driven by American players. Intertops had developed a large American clientele for all its online gambling products. When the UIGEA was passed in the United States the American online gambling industry got a jolt because authorities held that online gambling was illegal. Many USA online casinos left the United States but Microgaming powered online casinos remained. Hence at that point of time one of the oldest casino sites, Intertops, continued servicing American players. However Microgaming was compelled to leave the United States in December 2008. The owners of Intertops found that their American clientele was left without a place to wager. Hence they launched a new online casino called Intertops Red powered by Realtime Gaming. Later when the license of the Microgaming powered Intertops expired it was shut down. However Intertops Red has not disassociated itself from one of the oldest casino sites and carries the banner “trust the first online since 1996”.

The oldest casino site to offer real money wagering was InterCasino powered by Cryptologic. Launched in 1996 even today it advertises itself as “The world’s first and best online casino”. InterCasino has had several makeovers, including one a few months back. The entire navigation structure was made more user-friendly and the promotions were revamped. Another of the oldest casino sites powered by Cryptologic is VIP Casino. It was established in 1999 and is the sister casino of InterCasino.

Another of the oldest casino sites is English Harbour online casino. It is not as old as the others, having been launched in 1997. However the English Harbour Gaming Ventures, which owns English Harbour Casino, has grown to be one of the leading online casino groups today. It is powered by software from Vegas Technology, which was earlier known as Odds On. English Harbour online casino operates from St. John’s in Antigua and is licensed by the government of Antigua and Barbuda. Like the other oldest casino sites English Harbour online casino also probably displays its year of launch so as to inform players that it has been around for long. The other online casinos belonging to this group that were launched later include VIP Slots, Slots Galore, Millionaire Casino, Super Slots, Silver Dollar and Caribbean Gold.

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