The only way to make money in a casino is to own one, claims Steve Wynn, CEO of Mirage Resorts. Casinos will always carry the excitment and glammer associated with them and it's no different for the online based casinos too. With over $8 billion reported to be gambled online throughout 2005, the sector continues to look profitable and shows no signs of slowing down.

Although starting or running an online casino yourself is an expensive and highly regulated project there are other ways to profit though the gambling sector. The primary route is by affiliation to an existing casino operator which can be made even easier though a turnkey website.

As with every kind of affiliation you should ensure that the merchant is trusted,established and contactable after all by affiliating yourself with any other website you are creating the impression to your visitors that you have a special relationship with them or are even part of the same group.

Casino affiliate programs continue to offer some excellent returns for affiliates willing to promote them, either offering a share of revenue earned though your site or a bonus for every new player registered. Some may also offer a pay per click option or a combination of these options.

The advantages of being an affiliate to a casino website are huge, mostly being that you are never liable to pay out a penny out of your own pocket if players you refer win. All payouts are handled by the casino operator, otherwise you'd only have to refer one or two lucky players for the results to be

costly. More pratical reasons include the fact that you do not have to be licensed, after all the law views your position as advertising a casino - not running one.

By using a turnkey website that has been created for the task of casino affiliation you can quickly establish your site from day one as creditable and professional. All the research into suitable casino operators will already been completed. You can pick up these sites cheaply from ebay, or free from

Other advantages of using a turnkey website is that it will have been developed to give the impression of being a self contained casino operator, as opposed to a few banners put together on a blank page & it will have been thoughly tested and easy to setup or modify.

Like many people who live in Australia or New Zealand, you have probably played the pokies at one time or another.
You may even be a regular player? Or perhaps you only play on special occasions during visits to the casino in your area. No matter what your pokie playing habits are, chances are you haven’t yet had a chance to look at online pokies as an alternative.
So why would you want to play online pokies?
For starters, playing pokies in the pub or casino can be expensive. Think about how much money you have to spend before you even sit down at a machine. Gas to the casino or pub, parking (if you can’t get a free one) and then you need to have that drink too. Before you’ve even dropped a dollar in a machine, you’ve already spent some of your bankroll.
Are you a smoker? Bad luck then, because now with the new legislation, you can no longer smoke while gambling in a pub or casino in Australia and New Zealand.
The biggest reason however that you should consider playing online pokies is purely for the payout percentage which has a direct effect on your wins.
You see, most land based machines in Australia and New Zealand are programmed to pay out 87-95% of what they take in. All pokies including Aristocrat and IGT machines in Australasia have to abide by strict governing rules set in place by the government of each country.
As casinos and pubs have high overheads (power, staff, buildings, carparks) you can be sure most of their machines will be set to pay out on the lower end of the scale. They have to pay for that amazing decor somehow! Online casinos on the other hand do not have the same overheads. They don’t have the same levels of staff nor do they have buildings to pay rent on, so they pass these savings on to you in the form of higher pay out percentages.
Another benefit of playing online pokies is all the free money that is available to you.
Yes, you read that right. Free money!
You see, as the competition for your patronage is so fierce in the online casino world, they will do whatever they can just to get you in their casino, even giving away free money. When was the last time your local pub or casino did that?
Typical online casino promotions involve offering you a 100% match on your deposit. So if you deposit $50 the casino will match your $50, giving you $100 to play with. Naturally there are conditions on this free money, but you’ll never get that kind of offer down at the pub!
So with a higher payout percentage (some up to 98%), the convenience of playing at home with the fridge close by and all the free money online casinos offer, why would you bother going to the pub or casino to play pokies any more?
Obviously it’s not as social, but many casinos offer pokie tournaments now too where you can play against other people for prizes and jackpots.