Casino Gaming on your Mac Laptop or Computer
Mac users have the best of all worlds when it comes to online casinos nowadays. It used to be that you’d need to seek for a casino with a ‘compatible download’. Now downloads are offered by all of the major software houses, and (even better) you can access 100’s more games via your browser window at casinos which offer HTML5 and Java based games.
This article focuses on the biggest and best casino brands available for Mac users, both from the US and Internationally.
Before getting into the specifics, lets clear up the issues with Flash.
Mac Casinos and Flash
Steve Jobs hated Adobe Flash with a passion – for technical as well as business strategy reasons. He stopped Apple products from supporting it some 5 years ago.
In the meantime, Flash has improved dramatically (though that is a side-issue here).
Most casinos use Flash to power their in-browser games. What happens on your Mac is that everything goes smoothly up to the point the game is about to load, then you get a message saying ‘you need to install Flash’. Clicking this gets you another message (from Adobe) about how your machine is not compatible.
If you are determined to play at a Flash casino, then there are some reasonably easy solutions. The best one is to get Google’s Chrome browser, then get a plug-in. There are many of these available, with new and better ones coming out every few months. I won’t list out of date names here, just go with the popular ones with the highest ratings and you should be fine.
Some casinos are now using Java or HTML5 to emulate Flash within their own instant-play software. Hopefully, this trend will continue and we will be able to focus on the games without worrying about non-compatibility at some point soon.
Mac Casinos for US Players
The offshore casino industry in the US is going strong at the moment, with some older named brands and many new casinos too.
My pick for your Mac is to go with the trusted Bodog brand. Their US friendly casino is known as Bovada, and is based in Antigua. You can download the full suite of Realtime Gaming titles (more than 120) or your can access BetSoft’s amazing looking 3D slots via your browser.
This casino really knows how to treat their loyal players well (and are great for getting deposits through first time too!). Check out www.bovada.lv to see the latest promos and special offers.
Mac Casinos for International Players
If you are outside the US then you have a huge choice. Casino gaming has been shifting recently, with the latest trend to offer game titles from several of the leading software houses using no-download games.
Some casinos use Flash, though many others use HTML5 and Java – or else have software which includes its own Flash emulation capabilities.
You could stick with casinos offering the software of the industry giants (PlayTech and MicroGaming), however there are a lot more interesting games available if you step outside of the traditional download setup.
MicroGaming Casinos For Mac Users
The Viper software from MicroGaming is at the cutting edge of genuinely responsive browser games. This company has a huge 500+ games in their portfolio (though many are dated, so realistically 300 very good ones). My recommendation for the place to check out titles like Mega Moolah and the amazing 243-ways ThunderStruck 2 is 32 Red.
This casino has become a huge brand, and has the reputation for great customer care (unlike some of the big and more distant brands). You’ll also get $32 for every $20 you deposit to try out the games (Pounds / Euros fine here too). The latest slot is a Jurassic-Park tie-in, which is getting some amazing reviews – check it out at www.32red.com
Mr Green Casino
This is an award winning casino which stepped outside of the usual setup. There is no download needed at Mr Green. This casino allows you to play games from NetEnt (the full range), IGT / WagerWorks, Bally and QuickFire – you can also enjoy the live dealer games from Evolution Gaming too.
That is an incredible choice of games, great for players looking for refreshing change from the usual ‘big 2’ casinos. What I like best about Mr Green is that this casino tailors their bonuses to your bankroll and games… You’ll get a weekly mail with offers which are perfectly suited for you. Check out www.mrgreen.com to meet the man himself and see this innovative casino.
PlayTech Casinos for Mac Users
I’m cheating a little bit here. I love PlayTech games (check out Spamalot!) as much as anyone. However, there is no reason to get stuck with just this selection, when you can find casinos which are primarily based on PlayTech, and also offer titles from many of the smaller software houses alongside.
BetFair are perfect for this. You can download the full suite of PlayTech games on your Mac (and enjoy those huge linked prize pools). If you feel like changing things up, then there are browser games by NextGen, IGT and Williams Interactive – and a live casino too. BetFair are big on player promotions, and you’ll often find free bets for the big events appearing in your player account. You can find out for yourself over at www.betfair.com.