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Mobile Online Casinos: How & Where to Play

Mobile is – and has been – the next big thing. It’s been increasing in popularity the last few years. In fact, mobile usage has surpassed desktop usage worldwide.

That’s not surprising.

What’s surprising is how long it’s taken casinos to catch on. To pick up the ball and run with it. To make some freaking mobile-friendly casino games already.

The good news is that’s slowly starting to change. Our mobile gambling options are getting better each day. We’re much further than we were a year ago.

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We get so many questions about mobile gambling and we’re regularly asked questions like:

  • What games can you play?
  • Can you gamble for real money?
  • What mobile devices are compatible?
  • Can I still get a deposit bonus?

And on, and on, and on.

So, we thought it’d make sense to start answering those questions.

How do you get started? How do you find a casino’s mobile games?

It depends. Each casino is different.

For some casinos, all you need to do is visit their site from your mobile phone or tablet. They’ll redirect you automatically to their mobile casino. That’s how many Real Time Gaming mobile casinos work.

At other casinos – mostly those who cater to players outside the USA – they go about things in one of three ways.

One, they’ll have you scan their QR code. You’ll find this on their mobile page. Once scanned, you’ll download their casino and/or individual games.

Two, they ask for your phone number and location. Once submitted, they’ll send you their casino and/or individual games. I’ve seen more individual casino games going this route than full-blown casinos.

Three, you can visit your app store and download the casino’s app. This is the case for larger casinos like Bet365 and 888.

From here you can create your account, or if you already have one, log in. Then you’ll have access to the games, banking options and promo offers.

What devices are casinos’ games compatible with?

Unfortunately, businesses prefer to stick to what’s most popular. And nowadays that’s any Android or Apple-powered device. Most casinos only make games for these devices. To see lists of the best online casinos for specific devices, check out the pages listed below.

Are there any exceptions? Are their casino games for Windows or Blackberry phones or tablets?

Some casinos have them, yes. One that comes is Drake Casino. Last I checked, they offered a very small selection of games for both Windows and Blackberry devices.

Other than that, I suggest finding an HTML5 powered site. Those appear to be compatible with a larger range of mobile devices.

Blackberry users might also try this hack from CrackBerry.com. But it looks like many mobile devices are dropping Flash support to instead get on the HTML5 train – so this will only serve you until your casino jumps on the HTML5 train, too.

What casino games can I play?

This, too, depends on the casino. I’ve found that there are more options for players outside the US than those in America.

Overall, you can play just about any casino game other than the lesser popular variations. Think random blackjack or video poker variation – you probably won’t find those.

But if you’re okay with the basics, you’ll find options like:

  • Slots
  • Blackjack
  • Baccarat
  • Pai gow
  • Roulette
  • Craps
  • Keno
  • 3-card poker
  • Video poker
  • Progressive jackpots
  • Live dealer games

For example, here are the games you can play at Bet365:

Mobile Games at Bet365

As you can see, you get a little bit of everything. But it varies from one casino to the next. So, you might need to have accounts at a few different casinos to get the full-blown casino experience.

That won’t help Americans, though. Every US-facing casinos I’ve reviewed offers a much smaller selection of casino games.

Many Real Time Gaming casinos offer about 20 mobile casino games. This is an improvement over, say, a year ago, when they offered about 10 or 14 games.

There are exceptions, though. If you’re American and want to play mobile casino games, then I think your first stop should be Bovada. When I last checked out their mobile selection, they had 10 video poker games, 6 table games, 2 blackjack games and dozens of slot machines – including slots with progressive jackpots. No app needed – you’ll play from your browser.

Do mobile casino games look the same?

For the most part.

The tables, machines, cards, etc. will be smaller. And the layout might be different to accommodate buttons and other functions specific to a mobile device.

But the color scheme will be the same. The games will look just as good, too – if not better.

Can you play mobile casino games for real money?

Yes, so long as the games are from an online casino that offers real money games.

I’ve only come across a casino or two that didn’t, and I’m positive that was part of their beta phase since they do offer real money games to PC/Mac customers.

What’s the difference between casino game from an online casino and one from the app store?

There are several differences. Here are but just a few off the cuff:

  • App store games can cost you money. Not all, but some will set you back $0.99+. Casino apps and games won’t cost you anything.
  • App store games are for (free) play only – except for apps from actual online casinos. This is for a variety of (logistical, technical, legal) reasons.
  • App store games will often have ads, pop-ups or in-game purchases. This helps developers make more money, or to offset the costs of development. You won’t find these in an online casino’s app.
  • Online casino games will often look better. This is because they come from actual gambling software companies. There are exceptions, though (in favor of app store casino games).
  • You’ll have a larger variety of casino games to choose from using an app from an online casino. That includes slots, table games and even live dealer games.

Those are just some of the differences I can think of. If you had both types of apps on your phone, and played both over a few days or even a week, I bet you could come up with more.

Can mobile casino players still get deposit bonuses? VIP perks? Existing customer offers?

Yes – to all of it.

I haven’t come across a casino that’s denied a mobile player a bonus or access to their VIP program. At the very least mobile players will get the same deals desktop players do.

That said, many casinos will offer a mobile specific bonus. This is usually smaller, and sometimes is either a replacement to their larger desktop offer, or something you can take advantage of in addition to it. It just depends on where you play.

Is signing up to a mobile casino the same? Can you use the same account, or do you need a different one?

Yes. You’ll still need to create an account if you haven’t done so already. The process is the same, though, only that you’re creating your account from your phone instead of your desktop.

Tip: Unless you like punching in your name, email, address, etc. from your phone (I don’t), I recommend creating your account from your computer.

Here’s what the process looks like for Planet 7 Casino:

Sign Up Process at Planet 7 Casino

You’ll notice that it includes all the same information as the login process for desktop users. That means you’ll add:

  • Your name
  • Your email
  • Your desired username
  • Your password
  • Your address
  • Your phone number

And so on. Simple stuff.

What about banking? How do I add money to my account? Can I do that from my phone?

Banking will pretty much be the same, too. All casinos I’ve seen (except for maybe one) will let you fund your account from your phone or tablet. You’ll have all the same banking options, too (per what’s available in your area), as well as banking limits.

That includes bitcoin, too. This is a great option for all players if you’re into investing. The reason being is that banking is far simpler for all players – but especially Americans – and that all bitcoin-exclusive casinos are built on mobile-responsive, HTML5 sites.

Are mobile casinos legal? Is mobile gambling legal?

We’re not lawyers, so you’ll want to take this with a grain of salt. Or, just run it by an actual lawyer.

But mobile casinos are as legal as their bigger counterparts are. If their main casinos are licensed, regulated, etc., then their mobile casinos should be fine.

As far as mobile gambling – I think that depends on where you are located when you are gambling.

The best example I can think of are the legal online casinos in the United States. So long as you’re within state lines, like New Jersey or Nevada, you’re playing legally. But once you’re outside state lines, you’re not.

Those might not be the best examples since they have geo-targeting programs that won’t let you play outside state lines, whereas online casinos (especially offshore casinos) are less likely to (care). But that’s how I’d approach it – if it’s legal from within the country, state or area you’re playing from, you should be fine.

Is my personal information safe and secure?

Yes. Online casinos use the same SSL encryption to disguise your personal and banking information from potential hackers as they do their online casinos. Your information is secure.

However, you will want to be careful out in public, whether it’s punching in your details in public or using Starbucks’ free Wi-Fi. Make sure you’re on a secure connection and that no one’s looking over your shoulder while you punch in your credit card info.

Will mobile casino games use up a lot of my data?

That depends. How much time do you plan to spend playing?

I recommend using Wi-Fi whenever possible. That should eliminate any data usage problem. You can also boost your plan to have unlimited data if you plan to play a lot. The extra costs there will probably save you money in paying the extra (and often more expensive) data overage fees.

Can I play casino games for free?

You can, yeah. Just like their desktop software, the casinos let you play their mobile games for free, and for as long as you want.


We’re definitely living in a mobile-dominated era. Thankfully, that includes gambling on our favorite online casino games.

Even if you’re a diehard desktop user, you should consider playing on your mobile phone or tablet. This opens up all kinds of opportunities to play more – such as while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, at the doctor’s office, or even while you’re on the toilet.

I mean, just imagine the looks you’ll get when you hit a winner and start celebrating …while doing your business in a public bathroom.

I think that alone makes mobile gambling worth checking out.