Ultimate Guide to Casinos on your iPad
Of all my devices, it is my trusty iPad which gets the lion’s share of action (usually in front of the TV) when it comes to casino games. The reason is simply that it makes everything so easy.
There are some apps, however most games work in-browser – and the quality of them is already equal to any of the old-school download software.
This page takes you through all the options for the games and some of the casinos which offer iPad Casino games. I’ll get the technology out of the way first, particularly the issues with Flash games. After that, some of the options can try out internationally – if you are from the US then there are some excellent iPad options for you too, scroll to the bottom of this page to find those.
iPads and Flash
Flash technology has come on a long way since Steve Jobs decided to banish it from all future Apple devices 4 or 5 years ago. All the same it will not run on your iPad without a little help. To estimate the huge number of casino games created using this technology you have 2 choices:
Download Chrome browser and get a Flash emulator plug-in (can work with other browsers too, Chrome always delivers for me).
Do via a casino which does its own emulation, with a little help from HTML5 or Java.
There are plenty of casinos which do not rely on Flash – these are listed below.
Why so few iPad Casino Apps?
There are apps available, particularly from casinos running the software of MicroGaming or PlayTech. What you’ll find with these is that they only have 20 to 30 games. This is around 5% of the total number in the best stocked casinos. Typically, you’ll find a 1 Roulette game, a Blackjack table and a lot of slots (to be fair this usually includes the latest and most popular titles).
Many players expect more games in this format.
The reason is that the casinos have really focused on the responsive browser games. These are technology independent (mostly) and will save having to redevelop for whatever devices or changes come next. With the ever-increasing pace of technological change, this perspective does make sense.
The advantage you’ll have with iPad apps is that the games have been properly adapted to iOS. This makes a small difference in the smoothness of the graphics, and a noticeable difference in the controls and game-play. For an example of a well optimized iPad casino (for international players) check out how 32 Red has done things.
iPad Optimized Casinos for International Players
There is a ton of choice out there, which can be confusing sometimes. I like to recommend the biggest and best known brands, and prefer those which offer games from more than one software supplier. This saves having to fund several different accounts for when you feel like switching from PlayTech to NetEnt slots (for example). There are 2 casinos which meet this criteria for me, and I hope to be adding more as the takeup of HTML5 becomes more widespread.
BetFair Casino on iPad
You can install up to 3 apps at BetFair, one for their regular PlayTech casino games, one for their ‘Mobile Arcade’ games and a separate one to get live-dealer games on your iPad. The reason for the split is that each of these offerings comes from different software suppliers.
The PlayTech offering has 24 games, with 1 each of Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat included. The Arcade app has a lot more titles (50 at the time of writing) which include a different Blackjack and Roulette game and a lot of slots (including jackpot games like Cleopatra). The live-dealer app lets you access Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and Casino Holdem hosted by attractive dealers.
What I like about Betfair is that you can pick and choose your devices. Set up an account, then use it for computers, iPads and also Android devices to access the same id and bankroll. Betfair also look after their regular players really well. After you clear the 150% welcome offer, there is always a long list of bonuses and promotions waiting for you. Check out the latest deals (which can include free bets in the sports-book) at www.betfair.com.
32 Red Casino on iPad
MicroGaming create the best known slot titles anywhere, and 32 Red casino has made sure that the best of these are available across a wide selection of devices.
From the homepage, you click the mobile section and you’ll find yourself with a choice of having the games sent via text (for iPhones and Android smartphones) or hitting a QR code and accessing them that way. The selection is limited (21 games) though there are some great titles in there (yep, ThunderStruck 2 is among them). You could also get hold of that Flash Emulator plug-in and access around 330 more games via your browser.
I’m a big fan of 32 Red, who are great for bonuses and fast support. Check out the latest promotions (another area they excel at) over at www.32red.com now.
US iPad Casino Options
The US casino industry is lagging when it comes to mobile device support – they are just about embracing Flash. The main software house providing games is the solid if unspectacular Realtime Gaming. You’ll need to look elsewhere for games to enjoy on your iPad from US casinos, towards BetSoft – who make 3D slot titles.
These are visually stunning, with true 3D animations and break-out game bonus rounds which make you feel like you are in some kind of animated movie or console game.
You can access these via your iPad on the US players only casino Bovada. This is part of Bodog, so who have a 10+ year record of great service. Bovada combines the games of RTG and BetSoft, and also has a poker room and sports book. You can check out those amazing iPad slots at www.bovada.lv.