Highlights in Online Casino Development

Online casinos have come a long way over the past 2 decades, and they continue to develop and evolve all the time. Cabaret Club players benefit from all of this, of course, with every development designed with users in mind. A full timeline of online casinos is quite an undertaking, but we’ve brought key highlights together in chronological order for you here.

  • 1994:

    The first online casinos are launched. This is made possible by Cryptologic security software and Microgaming, one of the first fully functional casino software platforms. The Free Trade and Processing Act of 1994 in Antigua and Barbuda is also essential.

  • 1996:

    The first real money bets are placed online at InterCasino, officially launched in Antigua with Ohio bookmaker William Scott at the helm.

  • 1998:

    Online Poker games are launched.

  • 1998:

    Progressive Jackpots are launched at online casinos, starting with Cash Splash by Microgaming. With every bet that every online player makes contributing to the total pot, the payouts are always life-changing. Even more players are enticed to try out online gambling as a result.

  • 2000:

    Cryptologic is listed on NASDAQ, a sure sign of the strength and size of the online casino industry.

  • 2003:

    eCOGRA is founded. The non-profit eCommerce and Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance is launched to protect users and fill the need for a regulatory body. For the first time operators have to meet certain minimum requirements.

  • 2003:

    Live Dealer games are introduced, with Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat among the first entertainments introduced by Playtech. The feel and atmosphere of a land-based casino is combined with the convenience of online gameplay, and has proven a hit ever since.

  • 2005:

    The world’s first mobile casino software is launched, as Microgaming partners with Spin 3. The potential of mobile casino games had been acknowledged for a while, and nobody was really surprised when Microgaming took the first steps towards it. It has continued to develop as mobile technology has in general, and is the preferred platform for many players today.

  • 2010:

    Payment options at online and mobile casinos increase, with more localised markets including Lobanet in Latin America. This makes things easier and a lot user-friendlier for players everywhere.

  • 2012:

    Localised online casinos catering to specific markets become more popular.

  • 2013:

    Online and mobile casinos are blended with social media, and players are awarded points for sharing the games on social networks.

  • 2014:

    Bitcoin is the first virtual currency to enter the online casino industry.


You can rest assured that there are plenty more developments to come, and the online casino industry will evolve even further in the years ahead.