Understanding the Growth of the Mobile Casino Industry

Posted by gambler101 on Jun 18, 2011 in online gambling

The mobile casino industry has been under impressively growth lately. While most people will turn their heads to it and say “oh look it’s another gimmick market” the truth is that there is a ton of money already being made in this market. And the industry itself is only going to get bigger.

In 2010, the total gambling market was worth approximately $35 billion. This would probably be double that if gambling in the US was completely legal and wasn’t hindered by legislation such as the UIGEA 2006 which limits how easy it is for players to make deposits/withdrawals at gambling sites (in addition to limiting the ability for casinos and sports books to advertise to players in the US).

In 2011, the mobile casino market took in more than $10 billion in terms of net casino wins. This represents a staggering $2 billion in mobile casino revenue which is around 7% of the total gambling industry. Even if this figure doesn’t amaze you, the growth rates will. Mobile gaming is growing at around 10-20% per annum, and mobile sports betting in particular at UK bookmakers such as Bet365 and Ladbrokes has been growing at 30-40% per year. Thus, the market itself it practically doubling each year in some cases.

Even in financial spread betting (a form of derivative trading) mobile trades make up more than 20% at most platforms which support mobile trading. And with mobile technology only going to get better with more operators support mobile devices such as the iPhone, growth is going to get to unprecedented levels.

One of the biggest reasons for the growth of the market in recent times has been the development and revolution in technology for mobile phones. Although WAP-friendly mobile games have been available for the last 10 years, these games really never took off because of the limited graphics, connectivity and foundations for early mobile phone models.

Nowadays however, the launch of smart phones which have been gobbled up by the wide consumer market have provided a realistic platform for mobile gaming to take off. Excellent graphics, user-friendly menu systems and a large range of games and jackpots have made players excited about playing real money games on your mobile for the first time. Players can now play realistic versions of roulette by downloading a roulette app for mobile, blackjack, video slots, bingo, scratch card games, keno and more.

A lot of mobile casinos offer the same array of bonuses, loyalty points, promotions and hundred thousand dollar jackpots too. You can download mobile clients at sites such as Bodog Casino, Bet365 Mobile, Betfair, Jackpot City, or even mobile operators such as mFortune and WinAsUGo.com.

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How to Play Instant Win Games Online

Posted by gambler101 on Feb 3, 2011 in online gambling

Instant win games have become very popular amongst both UK and US players in the last few years. While the first online casinos didn’t become available to players until 1994, many of the types of games that casino sites provide have been simplified to increase their attraction to new players.

These simplified games are in essence what spurred on instant win games such as slots, table games, keno, quizzes, classics and instant bingo. The ability for even new players to understand the rules of these games has made them very popular online. Many of the games, such as Monopoly, The X-Factor and The Football Quiz will also be familiar to many players who play at their local fruit box machine at the pub. Hence, playing these games online is a major attraction to them especially with the massive cash prizes, promotions and bonuses available online.

In order to play instant games online, you’ll have to firstly find an online gaming site that provides a good selection of these games. You can view instant games reviews here.

Some of the biggest instant games sites (ie. those with the best selection of featured games and promotions) includes Bet365 Games and 888 Games. If you’re from the US than you’re better off choosing Bodog. Although Bodog doesn’t have the same amount of games as its UK competitors, it also gives players an instant 10% deposit bonus and you can play in their poker room, casino or sportsbook using a cross-over player account. Another advantage of playing games at Bodog is that it has both a downloadable and non-downloadable client.

Once you pick a games site of your choice, you can select any of the instant win games from the screen and play them for free. Sometimes sites will require you to sign up an account before you play games for free but others will let you play without signing up an account (e.g. 888 Games).

If you need help or instructions for playing the games than there is usually a FAQ or Instructions section on the site. Furthermore, since you are playing games for free you can usually learn the rules of the games very easily within just a couple of minutes. For example it doesn’t take a genius to learn how to play scratch card games or Hi Lo.

Once you’re settled on a site, you can view the promotions section to see what kind of deposit bonus you can receive. A lot of the time you’ll receive bonuses worth up to £200 which is really attractive for new players. These help you to make more money and increase the incentive to play games online. You may also want to view the player rewards/VIP and weekly special promotions to see what else the site offers.

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