Posts Tagged ‘mobile online gambling’

Apple Approved Apps Coming Soon to an Online Casino Near You

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Check out Will Hill Casino's Mobile Phone App for iPhones

Check out Will Hill Casino's Mobile Phone App for iPhones

The race for online betting App’s is on! Following William Hill’s recent announcement the online casino operator had submitted an application to Apple for a downloadable app that would allow user’s to make real money wagers on Will Hill’s online sportsbook, three more rival internet betting operators – Bwin, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power – have announced their intent to do the same.

William Hill‘s app is called the “World Cup Predictor”, and apparently gives up-to-the-minute odds on matches, as well as the ability to log into one’s account to post live wagers. The details of Ladbrokes’ app has not been revealed as of yet, but considering the company is planning to get an approval before the World Cup – beginning on June 11th – there’s a good chance it is similar to Will Hill’s World Cup Predictor app.

Ladbrokes’ John O’Reilly says that while their mobile online casino betting suite is compatible with iPhone’s (as is Will Hill’s), launching an iPhone app is a whole new ballgame. ” It’s one thing having a web application, another thing having one through the iPhone Store – it has a different functionality”, said O’Reilly.

As for Bwin and Paddy Power, they aren’t in a total rush to get their iPhone app’s approved. Bwin’s Tomer Katz said his company is hoping to launch their app soon after the World Cup (pending an approval from Apple), while Paddy Power’s Darren Lovern said they are thinking about launching an app (ideally before the World Cup), but are weary of potential problems getting their application approved by Apple.

A taste of the mobile online casino action on your Smart Phone

A taste of the mobile online casino action on your Smart Phone

These concerns certainly aren’t without merit, albeit Apple did reverse their stance on gambling apps – having initially rejected apps submitted by Betfair and Tabcorp, only to later approve both applications. The main concern on Apple’s part, it would seem, pertains to children. One of Apple’s criteria for approving app’s is that it isn’t inappropriate content for children. Well, considering there are plenty of apps that are essentially pornography, Apple apparently has a standard by which to keep tabs on the more adult stuff.

Other criteria Apple looks for when reviewing app’s is whether or not the app crashes frequently (obviously), if it has buggy software in general, if there are unauthorized API’s being used, privacy violations and (get ready, this is the big one), whether or not the app “degrades the core experience of the iPhone”. As revealed by Apple recently, there is a forty person team reviewing some 8,500 new apps and updates to existing ones each week. Eighty percent of app’s are approved without changes needed, while 95% of all applications are approved within a two week time period.

In short, the likes of Bwin, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power need not worry about their app getting denied by Apple. All you supped up online gamblers be on the lookout. There’s bound to be an app coming out soon from your favorite online casino.

Introducing Australia’s Anti-Online Gambling Senator – Nick Xenophon

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Is that a Mobile Casino in Your Pocket Sonny Boy?

Is that a Mobile Casino in Your Pocket Sonny Boy?

Australia certainly provides a demand for online gambling. And although the laws Down Under are some of the strictest in the world, let’s just say that Australian’s still know how to get their online gambling fix. As is to be expected, some publicly elected officials don’t want this to be (for one reason or another), and have taken great effort to ban all forms of online wagering.

Senator Nick Xenaphon is precisely one of these publicly elected officials. It’s kind of interesting his last name is one letter short of the word “phone”, because Nick Xenophon doesn’t want you to gamble from your phone. Apparently, he was ridiculed as a child, taunted on the playground by bully’s proclaiming, “Nick Xenophone calls his mommy!”.

Having pretty much centered his 1997 election platform around banning gambling (don’t ask me how he was voted into office), Xenophon is now making motions to ban all forms of remote wagering, which he thinks (or so he says) encourages underage gambling. Concerned about the flood of applications that can now be used on smart phones, like the iPhone, Blackberry and Google Android, Xenephon is speaking out against mobile online casinos in particular, albeit if he had his way, all forms of remote wagering would get the ax.

There is no denying the rise in popularity of mobile casino gaming; However, this is primarily due to a recent spike in development technologies that now allow legally aged online gamblers to safely and securely log into their online casino accounts via mobile phones.

And no, mobile online casinos are not “apps” that can be quickly downloaded from iTunes or elsewhere on the internet by anyone under eighteen years of age. In order to gamble for real money on a cell phone, players must first open an account (which is checked for age and fraud verification, mind you) and then request the mobile software download package to be sent to their phone via an SMS text message. Only then can the player log into the online casino from their mobile phone and begin wagering with real money.

Perhaps if Senator Xenaphon actually took the time to engage due diligence research about online gambling technology, he wouldn’t be so quick to label mobile online gambling as a corruptor of the youth. But then again, perhaps Senator Xenaphon doesn’t care to know the truth, being so blinded by the agenda he promised he would keep many years ago.

Microgaming Powered Spin3 Launches Avalon for Mobile Online Casino Platform

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

If you’re a smart phone owner and still haven’t given mobile online casino gaming a go, now is as good a time as any. Heck, you can even give mobile gaming a go on your outdated cell phone – although I have to say that the smart phone experience is light year’s ahead. Granted, the mobile gaming experience also depends on the actual mobile platform downloaded to your cell phone.

Platforms, like that of Microgaming partner, Spin3, are certainly the best of the best when it comes to mobile online casino gaming. Being powered by Microgaming, not only does Spin3 provide cutting edge graphics and gaming innovation, their portfolio of mobile-compatible casino games is probably the largest there is. In terms of compatibility, Spin3 currently supports over 2,000 handsets via the GameWire Java platform.

Spin3’s latest addition to its family of nearly twenty Java-based mobile games is “Avalon” – Microgaming’s popular bonus video slot themed on the classic tale and legend of King Arthur. Offering a scatter symbol that awards up to twelve free spins and a chance at earning 7x winnings on original stakes, it’s not difficult to see why Avalon has become one of Microgaming’s more popular slots. Just the fact that Spin3 is adapting Avalon into a mobile online casino game is a testament to the games enormous success.

In a recent press release, Spin3 CEO, Matti Zinder, said the company is delighted to include Avalon in it’s portfolio. According to Zinder, “In the last year we have made great advances in developing web applications for smartphones with advanced web browsers like the iPhone and the Android. At the same time, our GameWire Java platform remains a fundamental part of our business. Java games enable us to support as broad a range of handsets and as many customers as possible, which is great news for our clients.  Mobile penetration is high (in Eastern Europe), but people are not necessarily using the latest handsets. It is important that Spin3 is offering a dynamic portfolio of games that are appealing and, more importantly, available to the region so that we can support our clients who are looking to expand in these new markets.”

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Does Apple’s iPad Make the Cut for Online Casino Gambling?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Look Ma! I can do the iPad with one hand!

Look Ma! I can do the iPad with one hand!

By now you’ve probably heard about the new iPad from Apple. If not, it’s basically a really large iPhone but without the phone calling abilities. To be fair, I do know it has more memory and does more than the iPhone in terms of tasks normally suited to a laptop, but if you ask me, I’m not quite sure how different the iPad is from say the Macbook Air, which yes, is almost as thin as air. Apple CEO and iPad mastermind, Steve Jobs, puts it this way. “It is so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smart phone”. (I love how Jobs said “smartphone” & not just iPhone, what with all the smartphone’s on the market these days. Take that Android!).

Oh wait, I almost forgot the most important thing of all – Money. iPad starts at $499, as opposed to the Macbook Air selling for about three times the price. iPhone goes for about the same price, but that’s not counting the ongoing data usage costs vacuumed up by AT&T. Then again, there’s a 3G version of the iPad ready to go as well, which starts off at $629 for the base 16GB iPad, $729 for the 32GB and $829 for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi only model starts off at $499 and has 16GB of Flash storage. The 32GB device costs $599 and 64GB iPad comes in at $699.

So yes, the iPad definitely has an affordability factor. The question I pose now is whether or not the iPad is suited for online gambling. It certainly will be interesting to see if it catches on with the online gambling community. My guess is that online casinos will be having iPad sweepstakes within the year. By the way, although the iPad has officially debuted, Wi-Fi models won’t begin shipping until late March and 3G devices in April.

Look Ma! I can even play video games with both thumbs!

Look Ma! I can even play video games with both thumbs!

Apple is thus far marketing the iPad for its compatibility with eBooks (no doubt promoting the iBook App. Take that Kindle Reader!), personal organization tools, browsing the Web, browsing maps, sending email, uploading/sharing photos (even suggesting to use the iPad as a digital photo frame when it’s docked and charging), and of course, it’s syncopation with iTunes and YouTube. And with up to 64GB of Flash storage a 1GHz processor, iPad is definitely capable of handling more than a few online casino downloads, although I would think no-download Flash casinos will prove more popular on the iPad. FYI, a standard online casino download needs a minimum of 25MB of hard drive storage and a 333MHz processor.

Since we’re talking about Apple here, the user-friendly factor goes without saying. The iPad has well over 1,000 touch screen sensors, and according to Apple, an operating system that quite often knows what you want to do before you know yourself. Apple’s Senior VP of Hardware, Bob Mansfield, said in a promotional video, “This is the most advanced piece of technology I’ve worked on”, giving particular credit to the iPad’s custom-built silicon processor, A4, which is said to offer unparalleled performance and efficiency – one manifestation of which is a 10 hour battery life. Other specs for the iPad include a 9.7 inch display, LED back-lit IPS screen and 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.

Look Ma! I can use two hands at once with the help of Steve Jobs' legs!

Look Ma! I can use two hands at once with the help of Steve Jobs' legs!

If you couldn’t tell at the beginning of this post, I was a little skeptical about the iPad, and I suppose until I get one in my hands, I will remain that way. However, the more research I did, the more secrets of iPad were mysteriously revealed. I mean, really, I shouldn’t be surprised. Isn’t that Apple’s way? You know, abstain from telling you everything the iPad can do so that you will be even more wowed when you discover it for yourself firsthand. One of my foremost concerns up until I started writing this post was that the iPad could only be used by holding it one hand, thus making it impossible to type with two hands. Just about every picture you see on their website and in the promo video is of someone holding it with one hand, and when it’s not, the person is using their legs to prop it at a good angle for typing (see the pics in this post). Even though the 1/2 inch thin iPad has a 178 degree viewing angle (meaning you can see what’s taking place with your head practically on on the floor. I would think this would be a hindrance to someone trying to use the keypad touch-screen for traditional typing.

Now, I know there’s some good thumb texters out there, but you would have to be Boss Hog himself in order to cover the entire keypad with your thumbs. Perhaps that’s why Apple incorporated built-in Bluetooth wireless technology in the iPad (2.1+EDR) so that you can sync it up with Apple’s wireless keyboard. And just when I thought I had come up with a brilliant invention on my own – a kickstand to prop the iPad up at the perfect angle – I noticed a picture of the iPad case, which can be purchased for an additional price (how Apple of them), showing how it folds over itself to create such a kind of kickstand. See, I told you Apple thinks of everything.

In summary, hell yes I think the iPad has a place in the world of online casino gambling. Heck, it may even cause a dent in mobile gaming revenues this year. The portability, the touchscreen action, the screen resolution and vividness, battery life and internal memory make the iPad the perfect online gambling device for on the go. The only question I want to know is how fast will it catch on.