Aug 17

Comparing the mobile casino slots built in Canada by provincial regulators to the iPhone slots and Android slots of international operators.

There are well over 3,500 active online gambling sites operating from jurisdictions all over the globe. Only a small handful of them are located in (and available to players of) Canada. The vast majority of internet gambling websites are, in fact, located offshore, in places like Isle of Man, Malta, and the UK.

Mobile Casino Slots Canada - Android Slots iPhone SlotsProvincial governments would like us to believe that depositing with an international gaming site is dangerous. There’s no consumer protections, they say. What if you don’t get paid winnings? What if the games aren’t fair? What if, what if, what if?!

Having played at these websites, and authored countless articles and reviews delineating their services, I can tell you this. The most reputable offshore operators are just as trustworthy, if not more so, than the home-grown gambling websites regulated in some Canadian provinces.

The truth is, provincial leaders don’t want you playing with an overseas operator, because they won’t make money that way. Yes, their “What if?” inquisitions are valid, but only if you join some disreputable, rogue operator with all the integrity of a welcome mat. Play it smart, and with a little research into reputable operators, you’ve nothing to fear.

But the question we aim to answer is this. Is one really better than the other?

Mobile Casino Slots in Canada

Unfortunately, this question only applies if you live in one of four Canadian provinces; British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Only these regions offer a provincially regulated iGaming site where local residents can play Android slots and iPhone slots for real money. Actually, only three of them do. Manitoba just piggy-backs off the regulated site of B.C.

Those websites, and their range of player acceptance, include:

Playnow.com – B.C. & Manitoba
PlayOLG.ca – Ontario
Espacejeux.com – Quebec

If you live in one of these provinces, you have options. You can play at your local iGaming website, or choose an offshore operator. Let’s take a closer look at some of their most important qualities.

In B.C. and Manitoba, PlayNow provides its members with 178 online slot machines. However, only 65 of those are classified as mobile casino slots, available on the operator’s iOS/Android compatible mobile app. These games were developed by IGT, so the graphic quality and entertainment level is unquestionable.

For players in Ontario, PlayOLG offers a mobile casino app with exactly 89 slots games available. The OLG also employs the software of IGT. However, these games need only provide a slot payback percentage of 85%, per Ontario law. They could pay higher, but they don’t have to.

In Quebec, EspaceJeux does provide mobile casino slots, but there’s no app for it. Players must visit m.espacejeux.com to access the Android slots and iPhone slots on offer. In doing so, you’ll find that only 34 slots—again, developed by IGT—are optimized for mobile.

You may be starting to notice these operations all have a few things in common. But aside from the obvious employment of IGT software, and the limited number of mobile casino slots available, there’s one more thing you should know. None of Canada’s home-grown casinos offer bonus promotions to their new and existing players.

Bonuses for Android Slots / iPhone Slots Players

Throughout the two-decade history of the online gambling industry, promotions have been a key aspect of every competitor. Canadian law, however, does not allow its provincially run websites to offer incentives to new members. International operators are under no such restrictions.

Every offshore casino website delivers lucrative bonus promotions to attract new players. It’s no different than cellular phone services handing out the latest iPhones to new customers, or the first 5,000 visitors to a Toronto Blue Jays home game getting free T-shirts when they walk through the gates.

Android Slots and iPhone Slots from Royal Vegas Mobile Casino SlotsBusinesses thrive on promotions to draw customers, and the sad fact is, Canada’s home-grown iGaming websites are legally prohibited from participating in this traditional aspect of competitive marketing.

Sign up to play mobile casino slots at a Canadian operator, and you’ll receive nothing for your loyalty. Join a reputable international casino like Royal Vegas, and you’ll be met with a welcome bonus offer worth up to $1,200 in free bonus credits.

You can play an awful lot of Android slots and iPhone slots with that kind of free-credit wagering power. And it doesn’t hurt that Royal Vegas presents more than 350 slots for mobile users alone.

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Jul 18

Microgaming’s new farm animal slots game, Oink Country Love Slot, coming to desktop and mobile August 2017.

Oink Country Love Slot by MicrogamingMicrogaming is teasing fans of animal farm slots with a promo video for its upcoming Oink Country Love Slot. The world’s leading digital gambling software developer has already released several new games this month, leaving us to conclude that the new game will arrive at Microgaming powered online casinos sometime in August 2017.

This new game has a humorous theme with lively music, portraying the tale of two jovial pigs who’ve fallen in love with the same gal, and are determined to win her heart in a musical competition. Players are encouraged to join in this festive barnyard hoedown, packed with dueling wilds and up to 80 free spins.

Oink Country Love Slot Review

Oink Country Love Slot is optimized for desktop and mobile play on Windows, Android and iOS. It features traditional 5×3 reels with 45 fixed paylines. It’s not the cheapest online slot on the market, with a minimum starting bet of $0.50, scaling up to $125 per spin.

The piggy plot in this new farm animal slots game revolves around three main characters. Willy, the banjo plucking pig in red, and Chancho, the fiddling piggy in blue, are both after the heart of the sweet country sow, Miss Southern Charm.

Farm Animal Slots Characters

High paying symbols include a range of buxom barnyard beauties – a cow, chicken, horse and goat. On the lower end are Microgaming’s favorite generic paying card values of 10 thru A.

Both Willy and Chancho act as wilds, and are ‘instrumental‘ in creating lots of winning combinations.

The goal here is to get the golden ticket to the Barnyard Bash, where an unheard of amount of free spins can be obtained. A single spin can award as many as 80 free spins, with unlimited retriggers.

Oink Country Love Slot Golden Ticket ScatterThe Golden Ticket is the scatter, and you’ll only need 3 of them to trigger free spins. However, because the Scatter can appear double stacked on reels 2 and 3, it’s possible to land 7 on the screen in a single spin. Stacked tickets double the number of free spins, and landing all 7 will deliver 80 free spins to start.

There’s no multiplier in the free games feature, but wins come a lot more frequently with the boosted appearances of both wilds.

Oink Country Love Slot – August 2017

Due for release next month, it’s hard to predict whether this new addition will become one of the most popular farm animal slots for desktop and mobile. What we do know is that its dual wilds and potential for massive free spins is likely to attract a lot of attention early on.

As for the theme and high-energy soundtrack, you’ll either love it or hate it. A game’s theme may be what attracts players early on, but it’s a game’s profitability that determines long-term popularity.

Based on the information provided in Microgaming’s Official Promo Video, the Oink Country Love Slot appears to have a low variance, meaning players can expect a lot of low-paying wins. That should keep your bankroll going for a while – hopefully long enough to hit the more lucrative free spins and walk away with a tidy profit.

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Jun 30

New Sugar Parade Slot by MicrogamingIf you’re anything like me, you played and loved King‘s Candy Crush Saga. Chances are, you played to the point the levels became so hard it just wasn’t fun anymore. But if you miss those cute, sugary characters and all the entertainment it brought in the earlier levels—and have a sweet tooth for online slots—you’ll probably love Microgaming‘s upcoming release of Sugar Parade Slot.

The Sugar Parade Slot is—in my opinion—a virtual remake of the Candy Crush matching game that every mobile gamer has enjoyed. The symbols on the reels look very similar to the characters on the Candy Crush map, made entirely of candy in that same cartoon character fashion.

The game has yet to be released at Microgaming casinos, but will surely be a part of the upcoming July launch of new games. So we’ll probably get full access to it within a week, at most. Until then, let’s take a look at what the brand’s teaser video promises.

Sugar Parade Slot – Coming July 2017

The game’s intro sucks you into a world of delectably sweet goodies as the main character symbols march their way over the hill and onto the 5 reels of this 15 payline slot machine. A Candy Land-esque background sets the scene, with the reels encased by blue and pink candy cane-stripes.

Symbols include 7 candy characters, one of which is the Bonus symbol, and another the Scatter. The problem is they all kind of look alike. But the Bonus is easy to pick out, being encircled by a gold ring. The Scatter is an ice cream cone.

The Sugar Parade Slot logo is the Wild, and the lower paying symbols are colorfully decorate playing card values of Q, K and A. Wilds take the place of all other symbols, except Bonus and Scatter, but do not offer multipliers on their winnings.

Landing 3 or more Ice Cream Cone Scatters on the reels will trigger the game’s free spins mode. Players are given 10 Free Spins. During free games, a 3x multiplier is applied to all winnings.

Sugar Parade Slot Royal Bonus

When a player lands 3, 4 or 5 Bonus symbols on the reels, it triggers the Sugar Parade Slot Royal Bonus. It’s a Pick Me bonus game with 12 candy characters spread across the screen. The player will get to select 3, 4 or 5 characters, depending on the number of Bonus symbols that triggered the feature. Beneath each selected character is a random amount of free instant credits.

The new Sugar Parade Slot will be available for all operating systems, including desktop, smartphone and tablet devices (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, etc.)

Sugar Parade Mobile Slot

Release Date Accidentally Revealed?

Microgaming is being very hush-hush about the release date, as is one of their top licenced casino operators, Royal Vegas. However, in a Royal Vegas blog post announcing the upcoming release of Sugar Parade Slot, the author tripped up.

The publication says early on that “it has to be a sweet surprise”, and to “keep an eye on the casino to find out when Sugar Parade is available to be played”.

A few paragraphs later, though, the author recommends playing Microgaming’s prior sugar-coated release, So Much Candy Slot, if you “cannot wait for the Sugar Parade to launch on the 6th of July”.

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Jun 20

Royal Vegas Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThere’s a long-standing debate between Apple iOS and Android users. Which system is better? Which is faster? Which is more navigable, user-friendly, worth its cost, etc.? There are advantages on either side of the coin, but there’s one area where the Apple is golden. You can find a real money blackjack app for iPhone.

The Google Play Store has a global policy against gambling apps. Simulated gambling—that’s fine. But real money games are strictly forbidden. Apple’s iTunes Store restricts gambling content in some countries, but here in Canada, it’s easy to find a real money blackjack app for iOS devices.

Perhaps, a little too easy…..

Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone / iOS

A quick look in the App Store under Games > Casino reveals thousands of items to choose from. That’s a lot of gambling apps, right? It would be, if they were all genuine gambling apps. But the vast majority of them are not.

Like every other game genre ever fabricated for mobile devices, an overwhelming number of the titles available are designed as ‘free to play‘ games, teeming with ads and in-app purchases. There’s no actual gambling involved, and no way to cash out your winnings.

It’s all virtual coins. They encourage you to buy more chips, but will never pay back any money in your pocket, no matter how lucky you get.

So now, you’re left to weave your way through countless “casino” titles, looking for a real money blackjack app for iOS. I can tell you right now, more than 99% of them aren’t what you’re looking for.

Another alternative, you could try typing this in a Google search”

“real money blackjack” site:itunes.apple.com/ca

You know what you’ll come up with? A bunch of search results for apps that are not real casinos, but rather “online casino guides”. These are apps that merely review casinos. A waste of a few hours of your time.

If all you want is to download, open and play a real money blackjack app for iPhone, iPad, etc., I’ll save you some time. The following are four real money blackjack apps, created and operated by some of the oldest, most reputable casinos in the iGaming business.

I won’t bother getting into too many details here—just the important stuff. If you like the brief description, click the link provided to visit the App Store and read more.

Royal Vegas Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

Royal Vegas Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThis is my absolute favorite. I’ve been playing Royal Vegas for years. It’s been online since 2000, and launched its iOS app for iPhone and iPad years ago. It’s updated very regularly with additional games, including Microgaming’s old and new titles.

The game variety is immense—the absolute largest in mobile gambling—and includes blackjack and roulette, video poker, and a throng of Microgaming’s most popular online slots. This app offers the highest progressives on the Apple iTunes Store, with jackpots worth over $1 million.

New members can claim up to $1,200 in welcome bonuses and take advantage of weekly and monthly promotions. The games are all certified ‘Safe and Fair‘ by eCOGRA, and there are plenty of secure deposit options to suit everyone.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the Royal Vegas real money blackjack app for iOS.

Casino.com Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

Casino.com Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneCasino.com is another great app for real money players, featuring many popular titles like blackjack, roulette, slots and other classic casino games. The latest update jumped the game variety to over 200, so there’s something for everyone. The software is solid and easy to navigate.

New members get 20 free spins on sign-up, plus a 100% up to $400 match bonus on the first deposit. Log in for the next 9 days straight to enjoy another 20 free spins per day, up to 200 in all.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the Casino.com real money blackjack app for iOS.

PartyPoker Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

PartyPoker Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThis is a good app, but only if you’re an online poker fan, too—Texas Holdem cash games, tourneys, etc. There is a casino games section in the lobby, and it does offer real money blackjack, but it’s nothing too special.

On the plus side, PartyPoker does have a stellar reputation. They are distinguished enough to gain approval from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to operate online gambling in the US. That’s saying something.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the PartyPoker real money blackjack app for iOS.

William Hill Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

William Hill Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThe William Hill Casino app (not to be confused with their individual Sports, Racing and Poker apps), is a good, stable platform with enough variety to keep players entertained for awhile. There aren’t a ton of games to choose from, but there’s a little bit of everything.

The app offers blackjack, roulette, video poker, 9 slot machines, 4 arcade style games and 4 instant-win scratch cards. The latest update doubled the welcome bonus to 100% up to $300. Unfortunately, it’s now restricted to UK players only.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the William Hill real money blackjack app for iOS.

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Jun 06

New Mobile Gambling App OLG LotteryIt seems every risk-taking gamer has at least one mobile gambling app on their smartphone these days. It’s all about convenience. Providing users with instant access to the games they want, with a tap of their finger. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) introduced a new app in June just for ticket holders.

The new OLG mobile gambling app doesn’t actually let customers place wagers. For that, they can download the PlayOLG.ca mobile casino app. This new application is designed to save players who already placed a bet some time, allowing them to check all their tickets instantly.

It’s called the OLG Lottery App, and it’s available for all Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets. According to provincial regulators, it’s exactly what players have been asking for.

A press release announcing the June 1, 2017 release explained, “Checking your lottery tickets has never been ore easy or more convenient.”

Functions of OLG’s Mobile Gambling App

Functions of New Mobile Gambling App OLG Lottery

By downloading and opening the new mobile gambling app, ticket holders can instantly scan the code on each ticket to see if it’s a winner. The OLG Lottery app works on a variety of tickets, including traditional lottery tickets, instant scratch off tickets, and even sports betting tickets.

The new app could be especially convenient for those who buy a large number of tickets. Checking the winning lottery numbers yourself, then examining each ticket to see if it has any value, can be a time consuming process. And there’s always a margin for error.

Most high-volume players take their tickets to the local gas station, convenience mart or grocery store to have them checked by a retailer. While this is great for the player, ensuring no errors are made, it can certainly hold up the line during peak shopping times.

And, if a ticket happens to win a large amount of money – the kind you’d have to visit a lottery claims center to cash in – there’s always that underlying fear that some duplicitous person may be lurking nearby, waiting to jump you and steal the ticket on your way out the door.

Thanks to this new app, all of these potentially problematic issues are resolved. Players can check their own tickets in private, know if they are winners, and take appropriate action to cash in the good ones.

The new mobile gambling app has several other features Ontario punters may appreciate as well. Users will be able to see all current jackpot and a list of all recent winning numbers for the province’s various lottery drawings. They can even set reminders to purchase new tickets, locate nearby lottery retailers, and check the balance of an OLG Lottery Gift Card.

The app also provides a direct link to the OLG’s responsible gambling program, PlaySmart.ca. This website provides information on problem gambling prevention, detection and treatment facilities throughout Ontario.

New Mobile Gambling App OLG LotteryUsers can download the new OLG Lottery App from the Google Play Store for Android, or Apple iTunes Store for iOS. Look for the official OLG Lottery App logo (right), or use the following links to download now.

Download OLG Lottery for Android (from Google Play Store)

Download OLG Lottery for Apple iOS (from iTunes)

OLG’s Senior Vice President of Lottery and Gaming, Wendy Montgomery, commented on the release of the new mobile gambling app on Thursday.

“OLG lottery players asked for it, and we delivered!” said Montgomery. “The OLG Lottery app enhances the customer experience for Ontario players, providing them with a ticket checker that goes everywhere they go.”

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May 29

real gambling on iPhone without the stressTwenty years ago, if someone wanted to gamble for real over the internet, there was no question as to how to do it. They would log onto InterCasino (first to market, 1996) from a bulky desktop computer and wait patiently for their dial-up modem to load the 18 games that were available back then.

Today, countless people participate in real gambling on iPhone and iPad, comparable Android devices, laptops, and much slimmer desktop computers. There are a few more games to choose from these days, too. iPhone gambling apps offer thousands of slot machines, table games, video poker, a specialty games.

Sure sounds like the mobile betting industry has evolved in the most wonderful of ways. Or is the reality of the situation a stress headache waiting to happen?

Too Many Choices Isn’t Always Good

As a general rule, the human race loves choices. We love variety. We love knowing that mass competition between businesses in a fast-growing industry translates to better deals and promotions for us – the consumers. But rarely do we consider the flip-side of that coin.

With variety comes decisions, and with decisions comes stress. When there are so many iPhone gambling apps to choose from, we’re tasked with the job of selecting the right one – the best one. We know they can’t all be perfect. Some will have glitches. Some will load slow. Some may be run by rogue operators out to steal our money!

And what about all those games? With so many different games to play, real gambling on iPhone could become yet another stress headache after you’ve spent so much time selecting the “best” gambling app. Now, our brains are working overtime just trying to choose a favorable theme we think we’ll enjoy.

You may think I’m crazy, but let’s take a moment to look at the bigger picture. Let’s say you’ve got a hankering for ice cream…

You walk into a small, mom-and-pop diner and ask what flavors are available. The friendly worker smiles and responds, “Vanilla and chocolate”. You mull this over for a few seconds, then decide you’re in the mood for chocolate. A minute later, you’re licking away in cool, creamy bliss.

Now what if you went into a larger, franchise ice cream shop. You can’t even ask what flavors there are, because the list is so long. You have to strain your neck looking up and across board after board of optional flavors. The lemon sounds good, but so does the butter pecan, the mint chocolate chip, the fudge brownie blast, the frozen mocha latte, and what about that bacon flavor? How do you not try the bacon?

So much indecision! Situations like these can actually cause your stress level to climb exponentially until you’ve finally made a choice. And even then, there’s hat nagging voice in the back of your head – did you make the right choice? Bacon ice cream, that doesn’t eve make sense! I should have taken the butter pecan. No, the lemon. Dang-it!

Real Gambling on iPhone: Keep it Simple

If you want an enjoyable experience, minus all the headaches, don’t hit the iTunes store looking for iPhone gambling apps. Instead, go straight to a distinguished, reliable source. And don’t bother with apps that offer an endless menu of games from a multitude of software developers, either.

Royal Vegas Mobile fits the bill perfectly. They’ve been around since 2000, building a trusted reputation, and they don’t incorporate a dozen software brands into their gaming repertoire. All digital games are supplied by Microgaming, with a few live casino tables powered by Evolution Gaming. That’s it – purely reputable, nice and simple.

21 years down the road, InterCasino is still around too. Again, the reputation is stellar, but this is one of those companies that chooses quantity over quality, employing 11 different games developers. It’s not a bad choice if you want to avoid the search for iPhone gambling apps, but still have access to a boundless menu of games.

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Mar 29

The wait is finally over. Rival Powered casinos were updated today with the release of Ten Suns, a new slots game themed around Chinese folklore. The game tells the tale of Hou Yi, The Divine Archer, whose enchanted arrows were able to obliterate Nine of the Ten Suns scorching the planet.

New Slots Game Ten Suns Slots at Rival Powered CasinosAs the story goes, the Emperor and Moon Goddess, who asked Hou Yi to perform this unimaginable task, looked on as the nine suns were shot down. One by one, each sun burst with a brilliant light, then magically transformed into a legendary Phoenix before flying off into the now lone sunset.

While I generally groan at the adaptation of yet another oriental themed slot machine, I have to admit, I really enjoyed the mythological folklore behind this new slots game. Rival Powered did a great job integrating razor-shard graphics and animations to accurately relay this epic tale.

Ten Suns Slot Features

Ten Suns is a 5 reel, 25 payline slot machine design in HTML5 for optimized compatibility with all major operating system, including PC, Mac and Linux/Ubuntu desktops, as well as Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices and tablets.

New Slots Game Ten Suns Slots at Rival Powered Casinos

The dominantly red and gold motif is highlighted by a plethora of symbols, all relating to the ancient Chinese legend. These include the Divine Archer, the Emperor, the Moon Goddess, the Phoenix, golden frogs, dragons, lotus flowers, treasure chests, lanterns, gold coins and more.

Following Chinese tradition, the golden frogs are some of the luckiest symbols in the game, awarding 1,000 coins for 5 on a line. The Divine Archer is the wild, the Dragon is a Scatter, and Treasure Chests are a scatter-style Bonus symbol.

Expanding Wilds: The Divine Archer follows the basic rules of wilds, taking the place of any other standard symbol needed to create the highest possible winning combination. He only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4. However, being a heavenly powered archer, he also has the ability to shoot arrows onto the reels whenever he substitutes for a win, randomly turning other symbols into wilds.

Scatter Free Spins: To unleash the free spins feature in this new slots game, players will need to see 3, 4 or 5 Dragons on the reels, awarding 5, 7 or 10 free games respectively. To make free spins more profitable, the five lowest paying symbols are all removed from the reels during this time.

Furthermore, free spins include a ‘Drop Icons‘ feature, which works like cascading reels. Anytime a winning combination occurs, the symbols involved in it will drop out of play and new symbols will fall into place, potentially creating more wins. The Drop Icon feature continues to drop symbols off the reels until no win is recorded.

Treasure Chest Bonus: This bonus game is triggered whenever 3 or more treasure chests appear anywhere on the reels. If a wild appears and expands, turning a treasure chest wild, the chest will still count towards activating the bonus round.

This is a Pick Me Bonus game, where the player is shown a series of treasure chest to choose from. The prizes within are instantly credited.

New Slots Game Arrives Today

As promised by its creator, the new slots game Ten Suns arrives at Rival Powered casinos today, March 29, 2017.

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Feb 27

Did you ever search for real money mobile casino apps in the Google Play Store (for Android) or on Apple iTunes (for iOS)? There’s plenty of them out there, and the competition is quite fierce. But is it a good idea to choose the first mobile casino app you find?

Real Money Mobile Casino AppsThe sad truth is – unlike standard search engines – app stores like Google and iTunes do not divulge how they rank the indexing of apps. Clearly, it’s not based entirely on user reviews. If I search ‘real money mobile casino‘ at the Google Play Store, the first and second listings have 4.4 stars, while the third has 4.7.

Likewise, the first option has between 10,000-50,000 installs, while the more popular third was installed between 10 million and 50 million times. The latter was also updated more recently (Jan 2017, as opposed to Aug 2016). And of course, both offer similar in-app purchases of $0.99 to $149.99.

To make matters worse, neither of them – nor any among the top 20 – actually offer real money mobile casino games. You’ll have to dig a lot deeper for that. And be careful, because not all apps in the stores are designed by their supposed namesakes.

The biggest problem is, due to age and regional restrictions, app stores often limit content to free-to-play, ‘social‘ casino games only. Fortunately, there’s a way around this. Players will have to access the real money mobile casinos apps directly from their source, such as Royal Vegas Mobile, LeoVegas Mobile, etc.

This is actually the better option, and it’s all because of that little problem we mentioned above. No one knows what incites app stores to index their mobile downloads the way they do. Instead, you’re better off looking up genuine user reviews of various real money mobile casino apps.

Researching Real Money Mobile Casino Apps

Royal Vegas Mobile Casino AppYou’ll want to make sure you’re gathering your information from a reliable source. I could tell you myself that I trust Royal Vegas. It’s been around since 2000 with no major complaints, employs the strictest security measures, and offers a vast collection of popular slots, table games and live casino options. But is that going to convince you it’s the best?

Probably not – and it shouldn’t.

Every player is different. We all have individual preferences and needs. We may be from different countries, use different currencies, speak different languages, prefer different deposit methods, etc. What I find most appealing may not be your cup of tea.

The best way to find good real money mobile casino apps is to visit internet gambling forums, where real users share their experiences. If you’re not finding any complaints, and the mobile app has been around for at least a year or two (the longer the better), it’s probably a good one.

Next, you’ll want to try it out for yourself. If you’re still a bit wary, don’t deposit right away. Take advantage of the free play option. See what games are available and how well the app works. With a little personal testing, you should be able to find the best mobile casino app to suit your style and needs. When you’ve found it, then you can make a deposit and play for real money.

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Jan 05

Smartphone Casinos benefit from Mobile-First Approach

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Smartphone CasinosThousands of desktop and smartphone casinos exist in today’s digital gambling market. Logically speaking, they can’t all be top-tier sites. Only the most prestigious, well-built and finely tuned operations can claim such status.

In the last few years, mobile casino popularity has grown to phenomenal heights. Desktop gaming sites are still well-visited, and won’t be disappearing from the iGaming realm anytime soon. But with the majority of the world’s population carrying one touch-screen mobile device or another, smartphone casinos are becoming the primary focus of the industry’s software developers.

The shift to mobile began just a few years ago, and surprisingly, most of the sites that once ruled the roost in desktop gaming have found themselves descending the proverbial ladder. It’s not that they aren’t converting their systems to support gaming on smartphones and tablets. It’s that they’re forced to take a backwards approach to it.

They’ve started with a stellar desktop platform, and that’s good. But ordering their programmers to transition that technology to something that’s ultimately compatible with all the major mobile phones and tablets – Android, Apple iOS, Windows Phone, etc. – that’s obviously easier said than done.

The key was to convert all desktop web pages to HTML5. However, as these operators began boasting that their platforms were fully optimized for mobile, the inevitable bugs began to rear their ugly heads. An error here, a miss-sized page there, a menu that didn’t agree with the programmer’s tap-to-open language.

Best Smartphone Casinos Built On Mobile

While all of these mishaps were being untangled, new smartphone casinos were appearing. These websites were being designed with a mobile-first approach, ensuring that their platform loaded seamlessly on all devices before they ever went live.

In 2012, a new mobile casino called LeoVegas hit the market. New gambling sites don’t often get a lot of attention. It can take years to establish a distinguished reputation, especially in a business such as this one. But by using the exact strategy described above, LeoVegas didn’t just make waves, it crashed upon shore, employing a phenomenal marketing campaign that drew countless players and decimated the competition.

LeoVegas Proves Mobile-First Works

LeoVegas Mobile CasinoThe company’s mobile strategy was enormously successful, earning LeoVegas a trophy case full of awards over the next few years. It started when EGR Nordic Awards named them ‘Best Innovation in Casino‘ in 2013, followed by ‘Best Mobile Product‘ in 2014.

The next year, LeoVegas took home EGR Nordic Awards for ‘Slots Operator of the Year‘ and ‘Affiliate Program of the Year‘, as well as the ‘Grand Prize Award‘ from the GP Bullhound Summit.

In 2016, LeoVegas scooped seven more awards, including EGR Nordic’s best ‘Mobile Operator‘, ‘Casino Operator‘ and ‘Nordic Operator‘ awards. International Gaming Awards named them ‘Online Casino Operator of the Year‘, Gaming Intelligence awarded them with ‘Casino Operator of the Year‘, and EGR bestowed them with dual titles of ‘Best Mobile Marketing Campaign‘ and ‘Best CRM Campaign‘ of 2016.

One of the companies lead managers explained why he thinks LeoVegas has become on of the best smartphone casinos in the world.

“I think what makes LeoVegas different is that we had mobile in mind before we launched as a website,” he said. “Most companies do it the other way around. They launch the website with desktop in mind and then have a problem to solve when they realise they have to offer a mobile version as well…

“Because we were always thinking ‘how will this look on mobile?‘ or ‘will this create a problem on mobile?‘ from the very start, we were prepared for all that already when the app came.”

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Nov 21

Top DFS Sites decide, ‘If you can’t beat em, join ’em!’

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DFS BettingToday’s industrial market is filled with competition. Pick any business, and you’ll likely find two juggernauts leading the way. In mobile technology, it’s iOS vs. Android. In eMerchanting, it’s Amazon vs. eBay. Even the toothpaste industry has Crest vs Colgate. In Daily Fantasy Sports, we have the two leading DFS betting giants, DraftKings vs. FanDuel.

For the last few years, these DFS sites have competed directly against one another to be the top fantasy-based, real money sports betting operators in the world. While their operations were aimed solely towards the US and Canada for a long time, they both branched out into the UK market last year, each seeking eventual global domination.

According to ESPN, DraftKings and FanDuel spent more than $750 million combined on television ads, encouraging DFS betting enthusiasts to choose one operation over the other. It was a grueling, no-holds-barred campaign from both directions. And I must say, it did work, attracting an estimated 56 million users to their DFS sites from North America alone.

But as is often the case with huge companies in a dead heat for first place, we’ve learned that the two largest fantasy-based real money sports betting companies are now about to merge.

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em!

DFS Sites DraftKings and FanDuel Agree to MergeThat’s right – it’s Serius and XM satellite radio all over again. DraftKings and FanDuel have already negotiated the terms of a merger. All that’s left now is that pivotal moment when government regulators stamp their seal of approval on the deal.

That’s expected to happen in the coming months, lining the DFS sites up to finalize the merger shortly into the second half of 2017; probably just in time for kick-off of the next NFL season.

Being relatively equal in size, the merger will see both companies splitting their responsibilities right down the middle.

Jason Robins, current CEO of DraftKings, will maintain his role, becoming the new CEO of the merged brand. Nigel Eccles, current CEO of FanDuel, will hop into the seat of Board Chairman. And, to keep it fair, each operator will get three seats on the new company board.

“This merger will help advance our goal of building a transformational global sports entertainment platform,” said Robins in a press release commenting the intended merger.

Eccles was equally enthusiast about the deal on ESPN.com. “Being able to combine DraftKings and FanDuel presents a tremendous opportunity for us to further innovate and disrupt the sports industry.”

“Disrupt”? Wait Just A Darn Minute…

Did Eccles really use the word, “disrupt”, to describe the DFS sites’ merger? Yes, he did, and that’s exactly what government regulators could be thinking, too.

You see, in order for a merger to be approved, it must not create a monopoly that would devastate other businesses operating in the same industry. And that could pose a huge problem for these real money sports betting aficionados.

But assuming the merger is approved – and it probably will be, just as Serius/XM was – it begs to question how punters will be effected.

As Kevin McGuire of The Comeback pointed out: “Reducing competition… could be dangerous for the consumer… there’s less incentive to keep prices (in this case, the portion of the fantasy pot taken by the company) down when there’s the perception that the player has nowhere else to play.”

“Commission Will Absolutely Not Increase”

In response to growing concern among the DFS betting community, Robins told ESPN on Friday, “The commission will absolutely not increase as a result of this merger.

“We always try to balance what’s the right commission rate to make the games fun and exciting and make everyone feel like they have a chance to win and also to create a healthy profitable company. And those are the same objectives that will exist post-merger,” he said. “We’re not foolish enough to think that we can raise commission to a level that players will just accept.”

Yeah, well, Richard Nixon said, ‘I am not a crook!‘, and George Bush senior said, ‘Read my lips – No new taxes!

There are no guarantees as to what will or won’t happen if/when DraftKings and FanDuel become one. But if we use the example of Serius/XM just once more, it’s worth noting that company did not issue a price hike following it’s 2008 merger until 2011, and that was based solely on inflation.

written by Grameister777