Mobile gambling is the big growth area at the moment. As more people get iPhones and Android Smartphones, the number of opportunities to play casino games and bet on sports has increased dramatically. Bitcoin games do have some mobile options, though most games are not yet properly adapted for the smaller screened devices.
This guide takes you through the different mobile Bitcoin Casino options. First of all I have outlined what to expect from BTC casinos – which have a wide range of development. Next, you’ll find examples of two Bitcoin casinos which have mobile-capable games for smartphones – and my unhappy experiences trying to get them to work. At the end of the page, you’ll find an outline of why you should choose Bitcoin mobile casinos over the mainstream ones offering games in Dollars or Euros.
Almost every BTC casino offers players a mobile version of the site, because who wouldn’t want to have a few spins of the wheel while waiting on the bus, or play a few hands of blackjack when you’ve a few minutes to kill. We’ve listed the top sites that offer the most in the way of mobile gaming below.
Very few Bitcoin casinos rely on the old style software that you can download. The majority are browser based games which work using Flash, HTML5 or Java technology. Many are ‘amateur’ sites which have been created by Bitcoin enthusiasts. These casinos often feature just one game – for example ‘Hi-Lo’ or ‘Dice’. These games will work on an iPhone, though only just – not adapting to the screen size and requiring scrolling between the bets and the action. These are fun games, and have ‘provably fair’ technology – though they are not really truly mobile casino games.
Other Bitcoin casinos hold some kind of middle ground between these amateur sites and the more professional casinos. Operators like SatoshiBet (9 games) and Bitoomba (16 games), have a retro feel. They work in your browser and will play on iOS and Android devices. These games are not adapted for small screens either and fail the ‘mobile casino’ test even though they can just about be played in them. Bitoomba in particular have issues where the games icons in their lobby do not react to taps.
Casinos running the CoinGaming platform, which include a lot of BetSoft titles in their line-up, are a better bet. Many of these games have been properly adapted for mobiles. You’ll find table games marked ‘Mini’, and slots which have a small phone icon on the top right of the game thumbnail in the lobby. These are state of the art games, the slots in particular having wonderful graphics. These casinos include the acclaimed mBitcasino. These games will need a Flash emulator in order to work on your iPad and are not iPhone compatible.
One Bitcoin casino currently runs on PlayTech Software, BC-Casino has 100 games in their portfolio. You should keep in mind that these are not approved or licensed games from PlayTech – you’ll be playing them at your own risk. The games will adapt to your screen size, including on mobile phones. The latest PlayTech slots should work just fine on mobile screens. Unfortunately I was not able to start the titles on either device when testing. Apple devices asked me to install Flash, and Android just froze. While this could have been a short-term glitch, the layout of the site did not give me the feeling that this casino have thought about their customer experience too hard.
Here are the two best Bitcoin gambling sites for mobile users:
mBitCasino.io: This casino features BetSoft slots, many of which are part of the ToGo range which have been specifically adapted for phone-sized screens. The lobby froze when I accessed this via Android; though once it loaded up a couple of minutes later I was able to access the slots. These work fine, though the customer support ‘leave a message’ and ‘winners’ tabs both took up unnecessary screen space. This casino does support mobile Bitcoin gaming, though has some work to do.
BetChain.com: This mobile-compatible Bitcoin casino exclusively hosts games by Austrian developer SoftSwiss. The slot games worked fine in both Android and on my iPhone, some work is still required on the table games to get these optimized for the smaller screen sizes.
With the leading casinos who supposedly offer Bitcoin mobile games failing to deliver, this final section will have to be a preview. There will be many advantages to playing mobile casino games for Bitcoins instead of dollars – as soon as the casinos get the technology working properly.
The main advantage of Bitcoin casinos is the privacy aspect. You can enjoy the mobile games anonymously, with only an e-mail address needed to register. When you withdraw winnings from a mainstream casino, you’ll often be hit with a request for back-up documents. This will not happen at Bitcoin casinos – where the cash outs are instant and ‘no questions asked’.
Bitcoin payments are free from transaction fees. This is a significant advantage for US players, who get hit with big fees at regular casinos due to banking restrictions within the US. This means you’ll have your entire deposit to gamble with – and also keeps the costs down for the casinos.
Many Bitcoin casinos use provably fair technology, which means you can trust the games. I hope to see some casinos stepping up and making their games properly mobile friendly in the near future. In the meantime, they will work on larger Android tablets and iPads – as well as regular computers.
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