Mobile gambling gaining in popularity

Online casino in iPhoneDue to technological advances it is possible to play practically all casino games on a mobile device such as a tablet, mobile phone or smartphone. In the past few years there has been a huge increase in mobile gambling in line with the increased use of mobile devices and many online casinos are moving into the mobile gambling markets. Now Android, Blackberry, iPhone and iPad users can download applications and play as if in an online casino.
One of the latest releases is a sports betting app from BwinParty, one of the world’s leading online gaming and sports betting operators, which offers a betting experience equal to that available in its online casino. A player can make real time bets and also deposit funds to his account no matter where he is.Bwin’s application has an Android and an iTunes version. Apple and Google’s Android are engaged in a battle for the mobile gambling market. The market is growing but not as quickly as earlier forecasts due to the fact that in 2006 the United States banned all online gaming with the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act although there are hopes that the laws will soon be liberalised. There is strong growth of mobile gambling, casinos and sports betting in Asia. However in Europe the lack of a coherent and Europe wide legal framework is having an effect on growth as each country has its own laws governing gaming. The United Kingdom is one of the few countries to permit mobile gambling. The European Union is hoping that projects it is funding will produce a European operating system by 2012. This new system could be competition for the Apple and Android products.

Several companies which supply games to online casinos such as Microgaming, GSN Digital and Spin3 have moved into the mobile gaming market providing applications for mobile device users and Spin3 has also developed apps for the Blackberry.

Gaming from a tablet, smart phone or a mobile phone provides one with the same experience as gaming in an online casino. Graphics are excellent and technology is constantly progressing. Apps can be downloaded in seconds and payment methods are similar to those used in an online casino. Games available in various applications include slots, video poker, bingo, blackjack, keno, roulette and baccarat among others. Applications such as Bwin’s new app offer sports betting on mobile devices.

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