The Future of Mobile Gambling Apps

The Future of Gambling Apps for Mobile Phones

To say that mobile gaming will not affect the online gambling industry over the next five years would be a massive understatement.

Although most people probably find the idea of playing real money gambling games on a mobile device, the truth is that it’s exactly where both gambling operators and the market in general is moving to.

The only reason why mobile gambling wasn’t popular a few years ago was because the technology didn’t exist.

However, now that Apple have brought Smart phones such as the iPhone and puncture the crux of the commercial market with it, having a smart phone with large touch screens capable of video gaming is the standard thing.

In fact, Sony and Nintendo are already worried at the growth and technological development of mobile devices, since they are already coming close to replacing mobile gaming platforms such as the PSP and future NGP (Sony’s Next Generator Platform) altogether.

In terms of where I see mobile gambling going, you only have to look at the present market and online casino operators to see that it is already taking off. Both 32Red and All Slots Casino have developed iPhone Casino Apps for players.

Although there are hardly any other iPhone Casino Apps available, it is only a matter of time. Betfair and Ladbrokes are apparently already planning two more iPhone Gambling Apps to go alongside their Sports Betting Apps. With 40% increase in mobile turnover in 2009, Betfair’s iPhone App will probably lead to more than a 70% increase in mobile betting turnover in 2011.

Interestingly, one of the problems of developing a mobile app is that the investment involved in developing specific manufactured phones and software is a big risk given that the product might be less popular in a year’s time. For example, the Google Android operating system has already replaced the iPhone’s supremacy since it now has a 25% share of the market. The main advantage of Android software is that it can be used across different mobile phone manufactures such as Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Nokia. Thus, we will inevitably see more people relying on the Adroid software than iPhone once the inertia breaks in and all enough Android apps are develop to compete with the Apple App store.

Overall, I think that mobile casinos and sports betting will become massive (particularly the former), particularly with the popularity of tablets, however I don’t think that mobile poker will ever takeoff. The screens are simply too small to play such a complex game where there are too many variables (e.g. multi-tabling on different games or tournaments).

The iPhone Casino Mixes the Oldest With the Newest

In the latter half of the 1990’s, as the internet began to flourish and the dot com bubble was forming, online casinos began appearing and soon became extremely popular, allowing casino players to gamble their money in the relative safety and security of their own homes. This represented a huge change in the gambling world, as it was no longer necessary for a player to leave his or her home and travel to a casino establishment to play a favorite casino game. The online casino software offered a version of every game that existed in the real world casino, only this time the game was played in a “virtual” world – a tightly controlled circus of brightly colored pixels on the player’s screen.

Well, that was over a decade ago, and now the casino industry is bracing for what will surely be an equally monumental shift in the gambling habits of casino players worldwide: the rise of the mobile casino. If the late 90’s was the era of the internet, this is surely the era of the mobile phone. And the crown jewel of the mobile phone world (some would say the “smart phone” world) is the elegant and highly engineered iPhone. The razor-sharp graphics and touch screen display of the iPhone make it the perfect device to lead electronic gambling into the mobile era. Yes, the wait for the iPhone casino is over. Real casino gambling on the iPhone has arrived.

Developed through a partnership of online casino software giant Microgaming and mobile specialists Spin3, the iPhone casino boasts a compelling set of iPhone casino games that you can play for real money. They have done a nice job of adapting a mix of traditional classic card games like blackjack and roulette, and they cleverly adapted iPhone versions of some of Microgaming’s most popular slots like Tomb Raider and Mermaid’s Millions, as well as the massive, lottery-sized progressive jackpots of games like Mega Moolah (Mega) and Major Millions. Additionally, the casino incorporates robust banking options that they have honed over time with their massive player database, so you can know that you are in the most capable hands when you deposit or withdraw from your account. Players can choose from state-of-the-art electronic payment methods such as Neteller, Click2Pay, UKash, and Credit/Debit Cards.

Here is the complete list of games currently available in the iPhone casino: blackjack, roulette, Bingo Bonanza, Mega Moolah, Mermaid’s Millions, Royal Derby, Jacks or Better, Tomb Raider, Dragon’s Fortune, and Major Millions. There is no software to download or app to install. The casino was designed to work entirely in the player’s iPhone web browser, so it load very quickly and is extremely easy to begin playing. Each game (except the progressive slots) has a demo mode, or you can create an account and play for real money.

Now that the iPhone casino exists, it won’t be long before we hear of people winning millions of dollars on the train, stuck in traffic, or in the bathroom. One of humanity’s oldest pastimes has met its latest technology. You can now play real casino games for real money absolutely anywhere you can access your iPhone. Viva Las… iPhone, baby!

Social Slots Mark a New Online Gambling Trend

Smartphones, tablet computers and social networks have forever changed the face of the gaming market. Originally, social gaming was thought to be a passing fad, but it seems that it is here to stay. The market has become so popular and profitable that even online casino developers have decided to try their hand at creating social games that will appeal to a new audience of gamers.

Zynga was one of the first developers to make the connection between social gaming and casino gambling. One of its first releases was Zynga Poker, an online poker application that operated like any other poker room – with the addition of social gaming features. Players were able to share their progress with friends and level up to trigger unique features. The success of Zynga Poker started the social gambling trend.

Soon, Zynga decided to launch other social casino applications, and it wasn’t long before Zynga Slots was available on the Facebook App market. This application offers player free-play slots games, with plenty of ‘unlockable’ features and shareable content. It led to the development of Zynga Elite Slots, which brings a new meaning to the term ‘social gaming’ by allowing players to work together to complete levels and win slots jackpots.

For quite some time, Zynga had a monopoly on the social casino market, but it wasn’t long before other developers started to get involved. Double Down Interactive launched the wildly popular Double Down Casino application, which was quickly snatched up by online gambling developer IGT (International Game Technology). IGT was one of the first real-money gambling developers to try its hand in the social gaming world, and it has turned out to be a successful venture thus far. Double Down’s games are still free slots but the application provides a great deal of ad revenue for IGT.

888 Holdings is one of the latest real-money gambling operators to make its way into the social gambling world. The company’s new social casino application is called MAGIC888, and it offers players the chance to play online slots and other casino games using the convenient Facebook Games platform. It operates on the same basis as social casino applications like Zynga Elite Slots and Double Down Casino, allowing players to share their progress with friends and level up to unlock bonus content. The only difference is that players can wager actual cash and win genuine jackpot prizes.

The social slots and social casino markets have developed very quickly over time. From free-play poker apps to real-money Facebook casinos, social gambling has seen a great deal of change – and we can expect to see even more innovative developments from social casinos in the future.