Posts Tagged ‘mobile online gambling’

Google Store Open to Online Gambling Apps

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Google Play online gambling apps
The Google Play Store, has had an on-off relationship with online gambling apps for quite some time now. For the longest span of time, the Play Store was expressly off limits to applications that served sites participating in real money gambling. And then – unceremoniously – Google allowed for-money, fantasy sports apps onto their platform leading up to the 2015 NFL season.

When asked about the addition, Google stated that the two apps, FanDuel and DraftKings, were part of a “closed, limited pilot program”. But from that point on, despite speculation that the addition of for money online gambling would soon be allowed in the Play Store, the prohibition remained in place beyond those two applications.

Now, as of August 2nd, it has been reported that for money gambling apps are now officially allowed in the Play Store, as long as they are geo-targeted to residents of the United Kingdom, Ireland, and France. Google has also laid out several other regulations that must be fulfilled by the applications in order to be granted access to the Play Store.

There is a thorough application process that each company must satisfy and have approved by Google, in which the applicant must prove their app fulfills all laws and industry standards currently set for online gambling in the countries in which it will be distributed. This has to be proven by supplying a valid online gambling license for these countries. Also, the app must have technology that prevents underage persons from gambling on the application as well as residents who live outside of the designated licensed areas.

Google prohibits the use of any Google affiliated payment services. The app must be free to download, rated as “Adult Only” and provide easily accessible information on responsible gambling.

These type of regulations mirror some of the oness that have long been in place on the Apple App store in regard to for money online gambling applications. As regulation on a country-to-country basis expands, it will be interesting to see which of the two application platforms will be the first to allow a similar expansion of online gambling applications. It will also be interesting to see if this expansion will continue to shape how online gambling companies develop their products.

Smart Technology to Boost Online Gambling

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

mobile gambling research 2016By the year 2018, the worldwide total of revenue generated by gamblers using smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices to place real money wagers online, is expected to reach $62 billion. A far cry from the $10 billion generated in 2013, the mobile sector of the online gambling industry is still in its infancy.

While $10 billion wagered by simply using phones and iPads from various corners of the world is impressive enough, we are now looking at projected estimates topping 6 times this number in only the next 4 years.

The renowned Juniper Research recently did extensive investigation seeking out the value of mobile gaming. Findings within this research show that impending legislation is the keystone in the success of its massive projections by 2018. The further development of available casino games on targeted mobile devices will also greatly impact increased revenue.

It is estimated that the new beginnings of successful mobile gaming launches in US markets such as Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, has prompted other states to begin legislating online gambling, and now targeting the mobile aspects from the get-go.

Worldwide, operators are being lured into developing mobile casino platforms, due to burgeoning competition and sheer demand. The growing success of free game play for entertainment – which although doesn’t directly compete with the real money wagering concept – remains to show how successful and attractive games such as slots and poker can be on mobile devices.

An increasing number of lottery programs are also paying very close attention to this new wave of technology, and are looking keenly where potential expansion is concerned. Historical lack of competition in the lottery industry has represented a very small overall motivation to further develop with newer technologies. However, with so many new options for lottery players to perhaps play other similar types of games for real money online, retail ticket providers will now need to push distribution through online and mobile venues to remain competitive. With this scenario fresh on the horizon, its impending action is all but laid out.

While the subject of mobile platforms and solutions is now being addressed fully all over the world, various markets such as the US – where online gambling is now approved in a handful of states – stand to gain millions in additional revenue within the first year alone of launching a mobile casino platform for consumers to wager with complete convenience.

New Jersey – where the online industry has been slow to take off – stands to make up for lost time with mobile expansion fully underway. Additional US states are bound to pay closer attention to new projections where impressive figures are now being eyed.

Fone Mobile Casino Review

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The latest OCS approved online casino to launch from Taj Asia Enterprises N.V. (Louts Asia CasinoBlack Lotus Casino), and part of the Lotus Players Club program, is Fone Casino. Launched in late 2013, Fone Casino is entirely committed to the mobile sector of the online gambling industry. Self described as a “Play Any Time Any Where” casino; this mobile platform comes with all the licensed and legal stability you count on from Taj Asia’s solid reputation. Fone Casino operates under the strict guidelines set forth by the Government of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Think of Fone Casino simply as the mobile version of Lotus Asia Casino and/or Black Lotus Casino. These casinos are all US player friendly. Note: We’ve provided hard-to-find codes within the Bonuses and Promotions section just below.

Safety, Security and Responsibility

Fone Casino utilizes the highest standard of encryption to ensure that all player and gaming and account details are completely protected to the highest level available when performing transactions online. At Fone Casino, all credit card and other financial transactions are safe and secure using 128-bit SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption. As you probably know and expect, SSL provides security and data reliability for all communications over networks such as online financial transactions. Fone Casino boasts the seal of “Norton Secured” by VeriSign.

Upholding a stellar gaming reputation online also requires fair gaming for all. All games of chance at Fone Casino are based on a Random Number Generator (RNG), which uses widely recognized algorithms to generate random numbers. This practice is guaranteed through leading third party verification certification via iTechLabs Australia.

Like Lotus Asia Casino and Black Lotus Casino, Fone casino uses BetOnSoft gaming software, which enables easy, fast, secure and hassle-free downloading of the gaming software. At Fone Casino, players can use customer services that permit one to review and examine previous hands/spins to see historical performance results. Another feature at Fone Casino is its Cashier Statement system that allows players to review any or all of one’s financial transactions (deposits and withdrawals) through the casino banking system.

Fone Casino completely supports responsible gaming. Above and beyond typical concerns within the gambling community on the Web, Fone Casino regularly updates its players about the harmful effects of excessive and underage gaming. Players may be required to email proof of their age as and when requested.

Bonuses and Promotions

As you will find at Lotus Asia and Black Lotus Casino, Fone Casino also provides you with a 100% match welcome bonus up to $1000. At Fone Casino, you’ll need to use the code: Fone1000 for the bonus to activate at deposit time. There is a small minimum deposit required of $20 for most all promos and bonuses. If not, the minimum deposit here only climbs to about $25; typically this happens with the “free spin” offers.

Players also have access to most other Lotus Players Club promotions and bonuses when playing at this mobile casino. Whacky Wednesday is provided to all players, rewarding them with a 100% match with their first deposit every Wednesday up to $500. Use Bonus Code Fone500 for this offer.

When playing at Fone Casino using the Lotus Players Club benefits, this 4-tiered rewards program gives you access to perks such as match bonuses, free spins, no deposit bonuses, lucky draws latest casino bonuses, birthday gifts, anniversary offers, event tournaments, various player competitions, and prizes like jewelry, electronics and even amazing vacations. The Lotus Players Club is divided into four loyalty tiers of “White Lotus,” “Blue Lotus,” “Pink Lotus,” and “Black Lotus.” You’ll earn more loyalty points whether you are playing at Lotus Asia Casino, Black Lotus Casino, and of course, Fone Casino. Your status climbs as you play more. While we’ve witnessed lower wagering requirements and playthrough requirements, many of this casino’s promos and bonuses come with a 45x wagering requirement, which is not the highest we’ve seen. All online casinos have stipulations in place that require you to wager a certain amount of money when using bonuses and promotional money rewards before you are able to withdrawal those monies.

Mobile Games Selection

For a mobile casino, Fone Casino provides quite a large selection of casino games. You’ll have access to BetOnSoft software mobile game versions, including classic slots, video slots, various table games, video poker, and other specialty games. We noticed that among the most popular slots you can play on your mobile device (Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, iOS devices, Android, Tablets and other mobiles) are the new Yeti Hunt i3D Slots, Cash Flow, Max Cash, Buckin’ Broncos, among many others.

Banking

Several US player friendly banking options are in place at Fone Casino. This mobile casino also shares most of the provisions you’ll find at sister casinos Lotus Asia and Black Lotus. You can deposit to your Fone Casino account using the following methods: Credit Cards, Neteller, iDeal, Skrill (Moneybookers), GiroPay and others. All Taj Asia casinos are known for fast payouts and excellent customer service when needed.

Customer Support

Rest assured that no matter what time of day, you’ll have access to live or personal help via several types of outlets such as toll-free phone, live chat 24/7, email, or even through Lotus Players Club outlets. Any casino worth your business will be there 24/7 and Fone Casino is no exception to this philosophy.

Lastly, while this is a new casino (launched 2013), Fone Casino is firmly planted within the Taj Asia Enterprises N.V. group, providing players with a complete set of entertaining casino games, backed by a reputation for providing the industry with accountability. We highly recommend this new mobile casino and will continue to update its status as a top casino within our recommended casinos regularly.

New Mobile Casino Game Apps Available

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

888Casino-mobile-Android_QRMost internet gaming industry experts agree that mobile phones will play a large part in the future of online gambling. While it is unlikely that betting from a cell phone will become more popular than gambling from a computer in the comfort and privacy of one’s own home, there will be an increasing demand for remote wagering services as more and more people become active user’s of smart phones, tablets and laptops.

Currently, there are just a handful of operators with casino game apps available through the Apple Store and/or Google Play Marketplace. One of them is the well-known Euro and UK gaming brand, 888 Casino (click to visit site). Being one of the oldest and largest online casinos in the world, it’s no huge surprise that 888 would have a mobile offering available. What is surprising, however, is the fact that 888 just recently entered this frontier.

With the release of a Roulette application for Android devices and iPad tablets last month, and a launch of a Blackjack and Slots application this month, 888 has officially made its recent entry into the world of mobile online gambling. Considering the challenges that the mobile market poses any application developer, it’s safe to say that 888 has been eyeing the mobile gaming sector very closely.

Although casino software giants, Microgaming and Playtech, both launched mobile gaming platforms years earlier, there is still some uncertainty lingering whether the mobile gaming market will continue to increase demand at a rate that warrant R&D of mobile gaming applications. You could say that Playtech and Microgaming both made a bet on the mobile market. And while this sector currently accounts for a small percentage of revenue for online casino operators, mobile online gaming is experiencing growth and increasing demand.

All things considered, 888 is still well ahead of the rest of the pack. With three types of casino games already under their belt, it will likely be a matter of months until more game releases come and match the portfolio of mobile games currently being offered at Microgaming-powered online casinos like Royal Vegas and Platinum Play.

888 Casino’s all-in-one app can be quickly downloaded with a QR code reader, directly from their mobile webpage. Just scan the code and your download will begin. How’s that for user-friendliness and convenience?

Fun money or real money accounts can be opened at this Gibraltar licensed/regulated online casino. If you opt to open a real money account, OCS recommends taking advantage of 888’s welcome bonus worth 100% up to 140 Euros Free. Follow this with monthly Happy Hour bonus events, and you can take advantage of up to 900 Euro’s Free.

Bally’s to be Nevada Gaming Board’s First Internet Supplier

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

nevada gaming control boardThe Nevada Gaming Control Board is wasting no time whatsoever in putting the wheels in motion to regulate online gambling. With their recent recommendation of an application submitted by Bally Technologies to provide B2B services to Nevada gambling operators, the Gaming Control Board seems to be playing a very strategic hand in it’s bid to become one of the first State’s to tax and regulate online gambling.

Dependent on two U.S. House bills that would give the Commerce Department the authority to permit U.S. States the right to regulate online gambling activities (other than sports betting), the path to regulation in Nevada looks very promising considering the big players already established here. While California, Florida and Massachusetts are taking similar steps to capitalize on internet betting just as soon as the green light is officially given, Nevada certainly has the most going for it in terms of the likelihood of voter approval.

The recommendation of Bally Technologies to receive an interactive online gaming license by the Nevada Gaming Control Board is just the start of what will likely amount to recommendations of other notable brick ‘n mortar casino brands, such as Caesar’s, Wynn and Boyd Gaming. The only big name likely to not show up is Sands, whose controversial owner, Sheldon Adelson, has openly opposed online gambling regulation, as he claims it foster underage gambling. While it’s painfully clear that Adelson is simply trying to protect his brick ‘n mortar interests, that’s another story for another time.

The Nevada Gaming Commission will be reviewing the Board’s recommendation of Bally Technologies on Thursday, June 21, after which a final decision will be made. When all is said and done, Bally would be licensed to supply casino operators with an open architecture software platform that will give operators custom options in building their own unique gaming package. Designed for mobile online gambling integration as well, Bally’s iGaming platform already offers their most popular games (available through iTunes), and via a recent partnership with the OnGame Network, Bally will be pooled together with what will arguably be one of the largest online poker networks around.

Again, all of this weighs on getting the necessary federal laws passed to further clarify the Wire Act. But if and when that time comes, Bally Technologies will undoubtedly be holding a strong hand dealt by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Giving Mobile Gaming a Go: Best Mobile Online Casino Options

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Sorry U.S. Players. American Somoa is as close to the best mobile online casinos as you're gonna get!

Sorry U.S. Players. American Somoa is as close to the best mobile online casinos as you're gonna get!

Anyone with an iPhone – or any smart phone for that matter – who likes to get their bets on, should seriously consider giving mobile online gambling a go. Now, before all you hotheads start diving into the water, you’re going to need to do some research first, i.e., which online casinos offer a mobile compatible version of their software in the first place. Then, you’ll have to determine which of these casinos are open to players in your country, and THEN, go with the site that best caters to your needs, i.e., bonuses, accepted deposit methods etc.

For all you U.S. players out there, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but there simply are not many mobile online casinos for you to sign up with. In fact, I don’t think there are any – at least none that I know of and would trust wagering at. There could be some out there, so please do post a comment on this post enlightening myself and other readers of such hidden treasures.

Now, for most players elsewhere in the world, your mobile online gaming options are full of possibilities! To simplify things, your best bet is going to Microgaming and Playtech powered online casinos. Now, of course, many powerhouse betting destinations offer games from a variety of software providers, which in that case, you are even more likely to have at least one version of a mobile-compatible betting platform.

In regards to Microgaming, the name you need to look out for is Spin3. In partnership with Microgaming, Spin3 offers one of the most innovative and comprehensive packages of mobile online casino games out there. The graphics are true to Microgaming’s form, and the security is better than Riker’s Island. Roulette, Baccarat, Jacks or Better Video Poker, Keno Scratch Cards and 10 different slots (including progressive monsters like Major Millions, which offers a base jackpot of 250,000), are available for individual download on just about every make and model cell phone in existence.

eCOGRA approved, 32Red – which is our top pick for a Microgaming powered mobile online casino – let’s you check on their website to see if your phone is compatible or not. If it is (and I pretty much can guarantee you it will be), all you have to do is enter your country of residence, mobile number, the casino game you would like to play, and a security code (to verify that you are a human being…with feelings, mind you), and you will then be sent an SMS (text message) with a download link.

As for Playtech, they too offer a solid mobile online casino package. Granted, not every Playtech licensee offers mobile games, but of those that do, there are some top-of-the-line sites to choose from. OCS top picks are Casino Tropez (where currently, players can receive a bonus on every deposit this month) and Will Hill (get a £10 no-deposit bonus just for playing their mobile games). Again, simply enter your details, choose a game to play and wait for a text message to download.

At Will Hill, you can even “scan and play” for instant access. If your phone has a bar code scanner, simply scan the bar code on the computer screen and that’s it. As easy as this is for YOU to gamble online, just be sure you keep stuff like this away from your kids. On that note, think twice before you even allow your teenager to have a mobile phone. They’re gonna be all wired up soon enough in their adult years, so why the rush? And on that note, that’s all I got. Till next time!

The Future of Online Casino Gambling: Live Dealer Online Casinos Part I

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Cute dealers and real time video feeds? Could it possibly get even better!?

Cute dealers and real time video feeds? Could it possibly get even better!?

Let me just get straight to the point – The future of online gambling is live dealer online casinos. No, really. And I don’t use the word “future” lightly. I mean really, really think about it – the future, that is. Ten, twenty, thirty years down the road there is no denying that the landscape of online gambling will have shifted. And I dare say it will have shifted to more of a personal – okay I’ll just say it – live experience.

Now, I don’t mean live strictly in the sense of something happening in real time, although this is part of it. I also mean live in the sense that real, live dealers are actually on the other end of your real time wager. While this niche sector of the igaming industry is certainly not as booming and thriving as traditional RNG online casino gambling (that is, online casinos powered by software programmed with a Random Number Generator) or even mobile online gaming, it is popular enough to warrant an increasing number of dedicated live dealer gaming solutions companies.

Admittedly, RNG online casinos are still very popular with bettors – so much so that many bettors still choose these over the live dealer online casino. While it may seem as if the former is the better option, I beg to differ that it is simply for lack of familiarity, or in some case – simply a Web cam – that most internet bettors still opt for traditional RNG online casinos. Granted, there is also the fact that online gambling is still illegal in many countries, including the USA, as well as the consideration that many bettors enjoy the autonomy online gambling affords.

Still, the human component cannot be denied. Just take a look at self-checkout grocery stations.  Most people, if given the option of two empty grocery lines – one manned by a real live person and the other a self-checkout lane – will go with the lane that has a clerk. I know, for one, I do so at my local drug store. In fact, I was just there tonight – where an experience actually prompted me to write this article. When the clerk had to walk over to check the ID of a person buying beer at the self-checkout, someone in line called out, “That’s why we need people”.

Sure, in this capacity, the clerk was serving in a security capacity and overseeing the functioning of the checkout station – which could be viewed as akin to a customer service rep at an RNG online casino making security checks or telling you when to expect your withdrawal. That’s one thing which RNG online casinos, or any business for that matter, simply cannot do without – customer service.

Live dealer online casinos will no doubt still need to offer live customer service. However, it is in the actual operations of the business, where the presence of real, live people makes the difference. Especially in an industry where trust is key to earning business, actually seeing your cards dealt from a full deck that has been shuffled before your eyes, attended by a real person, certainly carries more trust than a software program divvying out hand results which could or could not be rigged. Of course, it’s not that simple. Properly accredited and regulated RNG online casinos guarantee a fair hand.

Another factor which will have more play in the popularity of live dealer online casino gambling, is the innovation of evolving technology, which is happening right now as we speak. Remember when I said to really, really look into the future. Well, do it again. When you’re done, come back to Read the Second Part of this post (….coming soon)

Rank Interactive’s Blue Square Developing iPad Online Sportsbook With Mkodo

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I’m pretty sure everyone could have predicted that Apple’s iPad would be yielded as a tool for gambling at online casinos…eventually. Heck, when it first came out, I was surprised there wasn’t already an online betting application designed to seamlessly integrate with the iPad browser. But then again, why would there need to be? The iPad is essentially a lighter and more manageable laptop…..err, handtop.

I suppose this is where we begin charting deeper into the world of user-experience. Sure, you can still log onto any online casino or your favorite poker room through the Safari browser on the iPad. However, just as there is a difference between a mobile version of a website and the regular website, you will have to scroll around more to find what you are looking for – the main reason being differences in screen size.

If you want to see what I’m talking about in action, well, first you will obviously need to get your hands on an iPad. Secondly, you should navigate your way over to BlueSq.com – the online sports betting division of London-based Rank Interactive. One of the UK’s leading online leisure and entertainment company’s, BlueSquare is licensed out the UK Gambling Commission’s whitelisted Alderney jurisdiction, and accounts for a large share of the sports betting traffic generated in Europe.

A recent agreement with Mkodo Limited to develop an iPad sportsbook is just another innovative addition to BlueSquare’s already impressive lineup of mobile application platforms. In fact, BlueSquare reports “fantastic growth” over the past year on the mobile front. A partnership with Mkodo now is certain to bring in more mobile traffic, especially with Apple’s range of products, which account for over half the traffic handled on the Mkodo platform.

Google Android Starting to Show it’s Face in Mobile Online Gaming Sector

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

To debate which smart phone is better – Google Android,  iPhone or Blackberry – is kind of a pointless, albeit fun debate. Where one phone lacks, another excels – and vice versa. Me personally, I am an iPhone user. Call it loyalty, laziness or a three-year contract :), all I know is that when I picked up an iPhone for the first time, I realized that I had officially entered “the future”.

As for a close friend of mine, he has had all three of the aforementioned smart phones, and currently is the proud owner of the Android. And while he will be the first to admit that the Android does some pretty cool stuff (like take a photo with flash), there is some user-experience that he misses about the iPhone, which his wife is still the proud owner of. So yes, the debate I referred to is one which I have personally witnessed take place between a happily married couple – only to end in name-calling and smashed furniture. Just kidding. As I said, it’s a friendly and fun debate.

In terms of online gambling, both the Android and iPhone are equally available. In other words, both phones are available through applications built by the leading online casinos, poker rooms, bingo rooms and internet sports books today. The most recent example I can think about of an online gaming operator developing applications for both the iPhone and Google’s Android is Unibet. The Malta-based operator just announced the launch of a client-specific (Android user’s) application for it’s popular sportsbook, which covers everything from the World Cup to U.S. politics.

On the heels of an iPhone application launch (last October) with Swedish mobile games developer, Mobenga, Unibet has become one of the first developers to launch a sports betting app specifically for the Android. Once again partnering up with Mobenga, Unibet revealed that the application was designed to convey the “feel” of Unibet, while still resembling the previous mobile app developed for iPhone users. In other words, the user-experience quotient still remains high.

So, on behalf of all mobile phone user’s (even those without the Android, yet still likely to adopt the Android), I say thanks Unibet and Mobenga for showing us it can be done. And with that folks, expect to see many more Google Android mobile gaming applications from your favorite online casinos and betting sites in the very near future.

Surfing the Web & Betting at Online Casinos From Your Television?

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Bringing Online Casinos and More to Your Television...

Bringing Online Casinos and More to Your Television...

There are several forms of online gambling these days – some more popular than others. However, just because one particular form of online gambling is more popular than another, doesn’t necessarily make it better. In fact, the popularity factor is in large part due to the accessibility or availability of a particular mode of internet betting.

Take, for instance, mobile gaming, otherwise known as wagering from a cell phone. For anyone who loves to gamble at online casinos and who happens to have an iPhone or other smart phone, certainly knows just how exceptional the mobile wagering experience has become. It’s practically a given, that these folks will play at a mobile online casino to one extent or another.

However, the mass of online gamblers who sill carry that beat-up, outdated flip-phone will either never attempt to even try mobile wagering or will simply give up considering the inferior experience compared to their desktop online casino. In other words, the more available and accessible smart phone technology becomes, the more popular will mobile online gambling become.

Another form of internet wagering that you are likely to hear more about in the near future is television betting. Primarily available in the UK, gambling from televisions is made possible through a special cable box of sorts that transmits 3G technology from cell phone towers. Essentially, it is bringing the internet to televisions via an interface.

Needless to say, playing just about any online casino game on a widescreen, plasma television while sitting on your couch is a far superior experience than sitting at a computer desk or overheated laptop. While the popularity factor is hindered by the cost of the service itself, as the technology becomes more accessible, you can bet that television gambling will be on the map.

And who better to make innovative internet technologies available to the masses than Google? In case you didn’t hear already, Google will be offering Google TV service by the end of this year, and is expected to drive many more Web surfers to their televisions. Couple that with some paid search from online casinos specially fitted with a television gaming interface, and that, my friends, is a recipe for an explosion in television betting.