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Mobile Gambling the Next Big Thing

6 April 2009, By Deter Reiter, Staff Writer

Internet gambling on PCs took the gambling world by storm in the late 1990's and has forever changed the casino and sportsbetting landscape.  The next big thing in the technological evolution of gambling is mobile gambling.

Mobile phone casinos are not new.  The technology has been around for a while and the first casinos dipped their toes in the mobile gambling space in 2006.  Today a handful of casinos offer mobile gambling, including 32 Red Casino Ladbrokes and  Platinum Play Casino


Its all about the phones

So why is the industry only now buzzing about this new medium?  Well quite simply, handsets have now progressed to the point where mobile casino games are now entertaining to play.  While all WAP enabled handsets are able to support currently offered mobile casino games, including most phones sold in the last 3 years, current and future handsets offer the screensize, resolution and processing speed that make these games almost as nice as the PC versions.

Large, touchscreen, browser enabled phones like the iPhone, and competing offerings from other major manufacturers are becoming the norm.  Players can play their favorite casino game anywhere, anytime, with most of the look and feel bells and whistles of online casino games available on their PC.


What Games Can I play?

Game range offered in mobile format is still limited, although most of the table game favorites including blackjack, roulette, baccarat and roulette are available, including video poker and a reasonable slots range.  Games are downloaded individually to your phone rather than as a game suite to manage file size transfer.


Where Can I play?

A handful of online casinos (Microgaming and Playtech licensees) now have a mobile phone game range, including 32 Red Casino Ladbrokes and  Platinum Play Casino. These casinos also offer games for iPhone users.



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