Online Gambling and Smartphones

The day is rapidly approaching when you could be sitting in a boring staff meeting or waiting on a train platform for your sweetheart to arrive, and win a few bucks in real money playing in an online casino on your iPhone or other “smartphone.” The mobile gaming industry is pushing hard for the day to get here as soon as possible, and it is rapidly becoming reality.

A recent study by Juniper Research estimates that mobile online gambling will be a $48 billion industry by the year 2015, with players enjoying lotteries, parimutuel betting, and the standard casino games like slots and blackjack. The smartphone is the perfect device for online betting, though in the US, users must use various work-arounds to use them successfully while legislation clarifying the legality of online betting churns its way through Congress.

One possibly enormous player in the world of mobile web gaming could be state lotteries in the US. Selling lottery tickets over the counter is not always easy, and many people are embarrassed to buy them. But buying them online is a more private transaction that more people find appealing. Adding apps for buying lottery tickets to phones is likely to draw millions of customers. The technology already exists, and is in wide use in the UK and other countries. For example, China’s VODone Lottery has nine million users, and these apps have proven extremely popular in countries in Africa and Latin America.

Some internet casinos are choosing to concentrate on smart phone users more than on other online gamblers. Surveys have shown that online bettors use their mobile phones in large numbers, and those numbers are only expected to rise over the next few years. If legal issues in the US are resolved, they will likely rise even more dramatically as people go online with their phones to play slots, poker, and other games. Adapting online gaming for mobile devices involves fitting the entire site onto the screen so that players can see the entire page at one time while they are playing.

Internet gambling is, as expected, the most popular on the best selling mobile devices, such as the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPhone Touch. Nokia has recently come out with four new models that make it easy for players to visit web casinos or place online sports wagers. These devices run on the Symbian operating system, which has a reputation for fast connections, making them potentially more appealing to online gamblers.

The worlds of smart mobile devices and web-based casinos are merging as more people choose to access the web with their smart phones when they don’t have their computer or netbook handy (or don’t have a WiFi signal). Web casinos are reaching out to these devices in hopes of making the experience as entertaining as possible for these users.

Casino Games – 5 Best Vegas-Style Apps For iPad and iPhone

The Apple iPad is set to completely revolutionize the nature of gaming. While the iPhone and iPod Touch gave us a glimpse of what a full multi-touch gaming device is capable of, the iPad brings this experience to us with a full-sized screen. Some of the most popular games on the iPad will undoubtedly be casino games. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as if you can play these games for real money yet. However, there are a few casino games which let you hone your skills, play with your friends, and otherwise have a lot of fun. Let’s take a look at the top five casino games currently available to download for the iPad.

Texas Hold’em (Apple) – $4.99

It’s hard to create a list of the best iPad casino games without mentioning this official game created by Apple. This game has everything you’d expect in a game made by Apple. The graphics are beautiful, and the gameplay is intuitive. You can easily set up a match against your friend via a Wi-Fi connection. Depending on whether you hold the iPad in landscape or portrait mode, you can get a different view of the action. In-game tips, strategies and hints make this game top-notch.

World Series of Poker Hold’em Legend (Glu) – $2.99

This is a high quality poker game released in November 2009. You can play against your friends via Bluetooth, or play against players from all over the world on your internet connection. This game is based on the number one brand in poker – the WSOP. What poker player doesn’t dream of getting his shot at the World Series? You get to play in authentic venues, and you can even save your favorite hands so that you can show your friends the huge bluff you made or the unbelievable lucky draw of your opponent.

Blackjack (MobilityWare) – $0.99

MobilityWare makes the most popular blackjack app in the AppStore. If you don’t want to pay the 99 cents, then you can opt for the free ad-supported version. This game is designed to emulate the real world conditions of a Las Vegas blackjack game. Although you don’t play for real money, you can practice and hone your skills for the times when you do actually sit down at a real money table. This is a great game if you want to practice your card counting skills so that you can finally beat the dealer.

Big Spin Slots (Electron Hut) – $1.99

This is an extremely popular slots game for the iPad. It features a traditional 3-line slot machine display rather than the confusing 50-line slot machines you sometimes get from other apps or in Vegas. You can simply shake your iPad to begin spinning the wheels, and then touch them via the full interactive interface to stop them. Big Spin Slots also features a bonus game that resembles a wheel of fortune spinning wheel. This is the type of game you won’t be able to put down because you want just one more spin.

Aw Craps! (24x7digital) – $1.99

This is by far the most realistic craps game in the App Store. It features audio to simulate the calls of the dealer, and the dealer will even give you hints and tips on how you can place your bets. The dice rolling is probably the coolest experience that has ever been developed. It is 3D and fully realistic. You can gently shake your iPad to joggle the dice in your hand, or shake it hard to roll the dice. The dealer will give you a warning if you don’t throw the dice hard enough. This is an extremely high quality game.

Poker? Solitaire? The Must-Have iPhone Apps for Card Sharks

Card games are some of the oldest games known, and have the capacity to be anything from thrilling to relaxing, single player or massively multiplayer. Card games also appeal to all ages, whether you’re a toddler who can barely say “go fish” or a weather-beaten old crank at a blackjack table. The iPhone also appeals to just about anyone, and is about the same size as a deck of cards, so naturally they are a good match.

Read on to find out the best selection of card games for the iPhone or iPod Touch.

World Series of Poker Hold’em Legend

The World Series of Poker has gone from a minor annual Las Vegas event and late-night television show to an enormous enterprise. After the success of books, contests, and official home poker sets, here is the iPhone game, and it does not disappoint. The World Series of Poker app is the best way to play Texas Hold’em– the official poker variant of the series– either alone or in an online contest including thousands. Chips must be bought with real money from within the app, which is sure to make the experience more realistic and intense.

Sol Free Solitaire

Sol Free Solitaire is the free version of Solebon Solitaire, but it is an amazingly full-featured app in its own right. It includes six different kinds of solitaire, all within a tidy, minimal environment and with sound design that won’t interfere with whatever you’re listening to in the iPod or Pandora app. Sol Free Solitaire has great retina-display capable graphics, unlimited undo, stats, and all the bells and whistles of a much more expensive game. It is definitely worth the download.

Video Poker

The name says it all. Video Poker is a “Jacks or Better,” slot style game that doesn’t mimic real cards as much as it mimics the feel of a dated old video poker machine in a real, off-the-strip casino. Mobilityware, the app’s developer, got all the details right, from the harsh blue background to the pixelated graphics on the cards. It doesn’t look good, but it looks so accurate that anyone who likes video poker is sure to love it.

Blackjack 21

It’s rare to find a fresh take on the virtual card game, but Blackjack 21 has done it in spades– no pun intended. What sets this game apart from the pack is the inclusion of true-to-life blackjack gestures, just like you would use in the casino. Players can tap the touchscreen to place a bet, and swipe down to hit. Even apart from this novelty, the game animations look great, and countless new table and card themes are available for download.

Card Tower

The House of Cards: Sometimes the most fun you can have with a deck of cards is in simply trying to build a precarious house out of them. Now, you can take this rainy day fun with you anywhere, with Card Tower: The House of Cards. If you look past the redundant name, you’ll find a game with a clever touch interface and smooth 3D graphics. It’s silly, but it’s also strangely compelling. Maybe that’s why, against all odds, it’s consistently in the top 10 list of card apps in over 30 countries.