The Mobile Phone Gambling TrendsPublished August 8, 2009 by OCR Editor
One of the most popular features of a mobile phone has become not only the ability to play games but also to interactively gamble. Today, mobile gaming is offered by an increasing number of online casinos and poker rooms eager to cash in on an emerging trend.
An increasing number of players are downloading casino games to their mobile phones.
Online gambling saw explosive growth since its launch in the mid-1990s and is now an established sector of the gambling industry with literally thousands of online casinos around the world. And online gambling has been no exception to the general trend to transfer successful forms of online entertainment into the mobile environment. The future of gambling is now predicted by many in the gaming industry to lie largely in mobile phones.
Things you can do with your mobile
Many casino are have started to offer versions of their most popular and successful games in a mobile device format. These days, it is possible to do many of the things that you would normally do from your home computer via your mobile phone instead, such as, place a sports bet or visit an online casino to play poker, blackjack, roulette, slots or video poker.
Provided that your mobile phone features WAP or is an internet enabled handset and is less than five years old, it is probably compatible with casino software. Various functionalities can be added or removed depending on your particular handheld device and software is scaled to fit your screen.
Room to grow
Mobile gaming, however, still has some way to go with one of the main drawbacks being of course the lower quality of graphics and playability. Also, many of the mobile phone versions of games released are lesser versions of the ones accessible on online.
Nevertheless, experts are forecasting that the mobile gambling market will continue to experience solid growth over the next twelve months.
Probability Games, a mobile gaming service provider, recently released a list of Britain's top 10 mobile phones for mobile gaming based on registrations over a three months period with their casinos. At the top of the list of over 5000 models was the Nokia N95. Behind it were SGH F480 by Samsung (second best) and K800i by Sony Ericsson (third).
Completing the Top 10 Mobile Phones list:
4. Samsung SGH J700
5. Nokia 6500s-1
6. Sony Ericsson W5800i
7. Samsung SGH G600
8. Samsung SGH E250
9. Sony Ericsson W910i
10. Nokia 6300
Other elements of the online gambling industry are also going mobile, to best accompany and support the gaming sites themselves.
One such is The Mobile Version of Online Casino Reports, where the latest gaming news are updated several times a day with links to excellent online casinos - including those best adapted to mobile devices.
Meanwhile, mobile phones will continue to improve and offer better processing capabilities, displays and internet connection.