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Poker? Solitaire? The Must-Have iPhone Apps for Card Sharks

Posted on September 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

Card games are some of the oldest games known, and have the capacity to be anything from thrilling to relaxing, single player or massively multiplayer. Card games also appeal to all ages, whether you’re a toddler who can barely say “go fish” or a weather-beaten old crank at a blackjack table. The iPhone also appeals to just about anyone, and is about the same size as a deck of cards, so naturally they are a good match.

Read on to find out the best selection of card games for the iPhone or iPod Touch.

World Series of Poker Hold’em Legend

The World Series of Poker has gone from a minor annual Las Vegas event and late-night television show to an enormous enterprise. After the success of books, contests, and official home poker sets, here is the iPhone game, and it does not disappoint. The World Series of Poker app is the best way to play Texas Hold’em– the official poker variant of the series– either alone or in an online contest including thousands. Chips must be bought with real money from within the app, which is sure to make the experience more realistic and intense.

Sol Free Solitaire

Sol Free Solitaire is the free version of Solebon Solitaire, but it is an amazingly full-featured app in its own right. It includes six different kinds of solitaire, all within a tidy, minimal environment and with sound design that won’t interfere with whatever you’re listening to in the iPod or Pandora app. Sol Free Solitaire has great retina-display capable graphics, unlimited undo, stats, and all the bells and whistles of a much more expensive game. It is definitely worth the download.

Video Poker

The name says it all. Video Poker is a “Jacks or Better,” slot style game that doesn’t mimic real cards as much as it mimics the feel of a dated old video poker machine in a real, off-the-strip casino. Mobilityware, the app’s developer, got all the details right, from the harsh blue background to the pixelated graphics on the cards. It doesn’t look good, but it looks so accurate that anyone who likes video poker is sure to love it.

Blackjack 21

It’s rare to find a fresh take on the virtual card game, but Blackjack 21 has done it in spades– no pun intended. What sets this game apart from the pack is the inclusion of true-to-life blackjack gestures, just like you would use in the casino. Players can tap the touchscreen to place a bet, and swipe down to hit. Even apart from this novelty, the game animations look great, and countless new table and card themes are available for download.

Card Tower

The House of Cards: Sometimes the most fun you can have with a deck of cards is in simply trying to build a precarious house out of them. Now, you can take this rainy day fun with you anywhere, with Card Tower: The House of Cards. If you look past the redundant name, you’ll find a game with a clever touch interface and smooth 3D graphics. It’s silly, but it’s also strangely compelling. Maybe that’s why, against all odds, it’s consistently in the top 10 list of card apps in over 30 countries.

The Future of Mobile Gambling Apps

Posted on September 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Future of Gambling Apps for Mobile Phones

To say that mobile gaming will not affect the online gambling industry over the next five years would be a massive understatement.

Although most people probably find the idea of playing real money gambling games on a mobile device, the truth is that it’s exactly where both gambling operators and the market in general is moving to.

The only reason why mobile gambling wasn’t popular a few years ago was because the technology didn’t exist.

However, now that Apple have brought Smart phones such as the iPhone and puncture the crux of the commercial market with it, having a smart phone with large touch screens capable of video gaming is the standard thing.

In fact, Sony and Nintendo are already worried at the growth and technological development of mobile devices, since they are already coming close to replacing mobile gaming platforms such as the PSP and future NGP (Sony’s Next Generator Platform) altogether.

In terms of where I see mobile gambling going, you only have to look at the present market and online casino operators to see that it is already taking off. Both 32Red and All Slots Casino have developed iPhone Casino Apps for players.

Although there are hardly any other iPhone Casino Apps available, it is only a matter of time. Betfair and Ladbrokes are apparently already planning two more iPhone Gambling Apps to go alongside their Sports Betting Apps. With 40% increase in mobile turnover in 2009, Betfair’s iPhone App will probably lead to more than a 70% increase in mobile betting turnover in 2011.

Interestingly, one of the problems of developing a mobile app is that the investment involved in developing specific manufactured phones and software is a big risk given that the product might be less popular in a year’s time. For example, the Google Android operating system has already replaced the iPhone’s supremacy since it now has a 25% share of the market. The main advantage of Android software is that it can be used across different mobile phone manufactures such as Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Nokia. Thus, we will inevitably see more people relying on the Adroid software than iPhone once the inertia breaks in and all enough Android apps are develop to compete with the Apple App store.

Overall, I think that mobile casinos and sports betting will become massive (particularly the former), particularly with the popularity of tablets, however I don’t think that mobile poker will ever takeoff. The screens are simply too small to play such a complex game where there are too many variables (e.g. multi-tabling on different games or tournaments).

Developers Rush to Create Gambling Apps Ahead of the iPad Release

Posted on September 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

With the iPad making its first appearance in stores on April 3rd developers are rushing to finish the apps by the March 27th deadline. Submissions which are accepted ahead of the deadline will be available when the new tablets debut. However, the developers face a real challenge since it will support most of the 150,000 iPhone applications that are already available.

While it might seem odd that they would support the same applications as the iPhone these new tablet computers are in many ways just a larger version of the popular iPhone. So, if the new iPad runs the same apps then what the point of creating newer ones? In the case of online gambling the tablet format has the potential to provide and even more comfortable and realistic experience. Tablet computers are easier on the eyes than cell phones but still far more portable and easy to hold than most laptops.

The truly exciting thing about the iPad is the potential for more interactive online casino games. For instance, players can actually push the buttons on the slot machines themselves or rub the screen to play scratchcards. The format would allow players to interact with games in the same way they would at an actual casino and would also allow for a more user friendly gaming experience. There are endless opportunities for innovative and interactive games such as we’ve never seen before. It’s also possible that this new crop of games might just win over new players who’ve been looking for a more realistic gaming experience at home.

The only downside is that since the tablets still run the Apple operating system users still won’t be able to use the download only casinos. They can, of course, use the browser based versions which are already available but if the iPad gains in popularity casino operators may finally be forced to create downloadable Mac friendly casinos. Even if they don’t the growth of Mac users has already led casinos to beef up their browser based games selection and with the available apps users should have plenty of games to choose from.

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