Ultimate Guide to iPhone Casinos
This site is dedicated to gambling on all of today’s devices – and you’ll find a lot of material specific to iPhone users here. This page has two functions:
To provide an overview of the current state of play when it comes to iPhone casinos
To link out to many of the more detailed articles, including reviews, tests and news updates.
You’ll find a big difference between the options open for US iPhone users and international players. The reason is that the US offshore market is made up of just a few software providers, and only one of them (BetSoft) currently has iPhone compatible titles. When we compare that to the giants like PlayTech and MicroGaming, there is a significant technology gap appearing.
Apps, Browser Games and Lack of Flash Support
The bottom line with iPhones is that they do not support Flash, this was a strategy put in place by Steve Jobs himself – who hated this browser-gaming technology.
Flash has actually come on a long way in the last few years (though that’s a different story). For practical purposes, it means that a good 65% of instant-play casino games are not available without a Flash emulator. I have seen these, and some other work-around ‘techy’ solutions. If you are a non-technical user I do not recommend going down this route. On an iPad or Mac things are more straightforward – messing with your iPhone is not so easy.
This leaves a choice of Java or HTML5 instant play games. BetSoft use HTML5 this for US players, and many of the big international casinos use it together with Flash. Java is less common, though can be used effectively (again as an enabling layer to make other technologies work).
What About Apps?
Casinos do have apps, though they are limited in the number of games which run in them.
The main focus is on the instant-play ‘responsive’ browser segment instead. For example, MicroGaming has an iPhone App, this contains 30 games (mostly their excellent slots). Compare this to the 450+ games which you can now access via your browser and you’ll see just how big the difference is.
A big advantage of the casino apps is that they have been specially adapted for iPhone use.
Most responsive browser games have been generically updated to fit in any screen size. Most games work fine, however you’ll get some that really need a proper re-design to work with the smallest screen sizes. Apps have already undergone this design make-over.
It will be interesting to see how things work out with the iPhone casino apps over the next few years. Casinos may well double down on the browser strategy, and if they can get these working on iPhones by mixing up the technology, maybe we will not need the apps after all.
One last note, there are no apps which work with the US-friendly casinos at the moment.
US iPhone Casinos – Bovada
One casino stands out for US iPhone users. Bovada are part of the Bodog brand which has been offering sports, casino and poker games in the US for more than 10 years. They are now based offshore and are the biggest single casino brand welcoming US players.
The games available on iPhones include the very impressive 3D slots range from BetSoft, these are unlike anything out there (they have been likened to Pixar-type animations in the past) and are a must see on any devices. There are a few table games including two Blackjack games and one Roulette table - and also a Video Poker game. Bovada are as reputable as they come, and look after their players very well too, you can check out their latest promotions and specials at www.bovada.lv.
Worldwide iPhone Casinos
This section is divided into casinos with apps, and those where you can play in your iPhone’s browser.
#1 MicroGaming at 32 Red Casino: (bring test results summary here, 150 words)
#2 PlayTech at BetFair Casino: (bring test results summary here, 150 words)
#3 888 App: (itunes, bring test results summary, 150 words)
Responsive Browser Games
A lot more choice of games here, I recommend you go with the big brands. There are two reasons. First, brands like BetFair have a core set of games, and then cherry-pick the best games from several other software houses – meaning you will not need a separate casino account to access games from IGT, NextGen and Williams Interactive.
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