Casino software downloads are at an all time low with most users now opting for in-browser play. Bitcoin casinos have continued this trend by skipping the legacy downloads, and even the native Android apps. Instead, you can play games at the latest Bitcoin casinos on Android devices in your browser. These work just as well as the old downloadable games, though not all the games are properly adapted for the smaller screens found on Android tablets and smartphones.
Several of the leading Bitcoin casino websites are usable on Android – though do not have smartphone-friendly websites. This means you’ll need to expand to read the text and do a lot of scrolling on some of the sites if you are using a phone-sized screen. During my testing, I also came across issues with the touch-screen functionality at a number of casinos. Again these are issues with was the website and not the games, where these loaded; they played fine on both my Nexus 7 and Samsung phone. The quality varied from site to site – some sites are fully mobile responsive with a full suite of Android casino games on offer while others offer a very poor mobile experience.
This article takes you through the different choices available for playing games at Bitcoin casinos via your Android devices. First, you’ll find an overview of BTC casinos – from the single-game sites through to the fully featured gambling portals. After that I have given an example of a casino in each of the categories. Buying Bitcoin, depositing and withdrawing via your Android device is the subject of the final section on this page.
There’s a long list of Bitcoin casinos that offer Android version for you to play. We’ve listed some of the most popular for you here.
The first Bitcoin casinos appeared online a few years ago. Since then, as Bitcoin has gained mainstream popularity, the number of new casinos has grown exponentially. There are huge variations in what is available. Many Bitcoin casinos are single game sites with little in the way of attention to graphics. These are more like hobby sites created by members of the Bitcoin community. Others have since been introduced with professional platforms, including the games of some of the best known international software providers. Both types of game are powered inside your browser using Flash or HTML5 Technology. You’ll have no problem accessing most of them via larger Android devices.
A key feature of the simple sites is that the games are ‘provably fair’. This means that information is sent by the casino with each hand (spin or roll) which can be used to prove that the deal was random after the fact. This is an important feature for many Bitcoin casino players, and makes up for the fact that the single-game sites are not usually licensed. Games include ‘dice’ (a random number guessing game), hi-lo, Minesweeper, scratch-cards and lottery type games.
There is a ‘middle ground’ of casinos which offer a selection of games – though these are nowhere near as advanced as those using the games of professional software houses. An example includes SatoshiBet. Here you will find 9 Android-compatible Bitcoin games, all provably fair, and all retro to the point of seeming 20 years old. There is a certain ‘quirkiness’ to these outfits, and you can enjoy the games for real with Bitcoin. SatoshiBet will work on Android devices, though it does not adapt to the screen size, making playing the games very difficult on smartphones and smaller tablets.
Moving up the technology ladder are casinos that mix provably fair table games with Video Slots (which are too complex for the fairness technology used).
The latest BTC casinos license their games from the global software creators including BetSoft and SoftSwiss. These casinos are licensed, usually in the Netherlands Antilles. They often have their games professionally tested in lieu of using the proof of fairness algorithms. These casinos are just as good as anything you’ll find from the mainstream currency sites which have been operating for years. Some casinos are now adding sports betting, and you can enjoy poker rooms on your Android devices for Bitcoins too. You’ll also find live dealer games, streamed from Studios around the world via the ‘TablesLive’ system.
You will also find unlicensed PlayTech games available on Android devices at the BC-Casino. It is important to remember these games are not officially licensed by Playtech so while they are most likely fair, they could be exploited by unscrupulous casino owners.
Here is a selection of casinos which fit with each of the categories covered above:
CoinGaming has created a platform which powers a large number of Bitcoin casinos. These casinos hold full gaming licenses and offer 100+ games from software provides including Betsoft and Novomatic. The CoinGaming platform is mobile responsive and they offer the largest selection of mobile titles currently available at Bitcoin casinos. BetSoft’s video slots are as good as anything you’ll find online, and work great on Android powered devices. My personal favourite CoinGaming casino is BitCasino.io.
SatoshiBet is a simple and provably fair casino which features just 9 casino games. An additional feature of this casino is that you can play completely anonymously, with no need to register. The games have a very old-skool design the retro feel to this casino is a feature all of its own. The games will not shrink to fit phone screens, though you can play them with a lot of scrolling.
Bitoomba is a Bitcoin casino built around HTML5. Some of the games here are claimed as’ provably fair’, though this status has been questioned on technical grounds. There is also a collection of video slots. This casino produces their own games, so you’ll get to enjoy some unique titles while you gamble your BTC. This site currently has limitations on their website functionality on phone screens. The games do adjust (into a long list rather than a grid), however tapping them did not work – leaving you stuck in the lobby.
SoftSwiss are a new casino software producer who is making some excellent games including both table games and slots. There is a smaller selection at the moment, which you can play in Bitcoin at casinos including BetChain. Of all the Android Bitcoin casinos tested, this one was the best – with only a ‘sticky’ volume control panel which took a while to remove from the screen a small negative.
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