Banned by Apple – How Casino and Roulette Games Are Blocked on the iPhone and iPod Touch

With the number of applications, or Apps, available from the Apple Appstore reaching a new peak there is understandably a rush of interest from operators pushing to use the iPhone platform for gambling. Online gaming is a vast market, particularly in the UK, Europe and Asia, yet so far Apple has restricted the operators from accessing the lucrative iPhone market.

Apple allows three types of online casino applications:

Simulator games. These allow you to play for free but do not offer any cash winnings. Common examples include Roulette, Blackjack and Poker. Apple has no issue with this type of application, even releasing their own Poker app simply called Texas Hold’em.
Casino guides. The iPhone Appstore includes several strategy guides and casino systems, including both Blackjack and roulette systems. Crucially these are not allowed to link to real cash-play casinos.
Casino scorecard apps. These simple applications allow a user to track their progress when playing games, for example when playing with a roulette system.
Apple’s guidelines state that “Items you offer for purchase may not contain, or relate to, pornography, hate speech, defamation, or gambling (simulated gambling is acceptable)”. This policy is clear that gambling is acceptable so long as real money is not involved.

Whether Apple bows to pressure and relaxes the guidelines in future remains to be seen. Much depends on the strict US gambling laws, including Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act, that have plagued casino operators since their introduction by George W Bush in 2006. What is clear is that with rapidly growing interest in mobile gaming the iPhone is sure to remain a major target for operators in future.

Alex Mayer is a mathematician and gaming industry professional from London, England. With a masters in Mathematics she offers private consultancy and game design services to casino operators.

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Online Gambling and the iPad – Match Made in Heaven

Many people, particularly in the UK, think that the Apple iPad is a device that will take online gambling to an entirely new level. Here are some of the reasons why.

For one thing, though touch screen PCs have been around in various guises for several years now, Apple has turned the technology into something that people can’t seem to get enough of. That’s because they know a lot about user interfaces and have made the iPad interface a joy to use compared to Windows tablets that used hunt and peck type styluses.

Yes, iPads are expensive, but that hasn’t stopped them from selling rapidly. It only took 28 days for Apple to sell a million of them. That’s twice as fast as the first iPhone sold. The iPhone 4.0 operating system is set for November 2010 release for the iPad, and when that happens, the iPad will probably become more popular as a replacement for a netbook, TV, or game console for a lot of people.

While there is little doubt that the iPad’s top-of-the-line graphics and great user interface are perfect for gaming, there is the question of whether there will be sites and services available to allow customers to use their iPad to interact with online casinos.

Apple itself is going to stay away from anything but simulated gambling apps as long as the US internet gambling ban is officially in place. While there are plenty of workarounds for US gamers to play internet casino games, any apps for the iPad for that purpose are going to come from the casinos themselves rather than Apple, and that is a safe bet for the foreseeable future.

In May, UK gambling site Betfair started offering a downloadable internet gambling app from the iPhone App store that is available to customers in Ireland and the UK. It uses GPS to make sure that bets are only placed from the UK and Ireland, and it will not function elsewhere. All major UK sportsbooks have launched iPhone apps because of the huge customer base for these devices, and the same is likely to be true for the iPad. Sites such as PartyPoker, Full Tilt, PokerStars, and Bodog are already Mac-friendly, and are likely to step up their support for the iPad in the near future.

Why are users likely to flock to online casinos with their iPads? Partly because the devices are so comfortable to use. They have a 9.7-inch LED backlit display and weighs just a pound and a half. The fact that they work in landscape or portrait mode makes them that much more convenient, and the 10 hour battery life doesn’t hurt. They also have the fastest wireless protocol available. The graphics capabilities can handle sophisticated games, so slots and poker look great on the device. In fact, some online gambling sites have made apps that put four poker tables on the iPad at a time.

It may be awhile before online casinos will be available to US gamblers due to the still-hazy nature of internet gambling laws in the US, but apps for the iPad are proving to be very popular at other places on the planet, with UK gaming sites in particular gearing up to go live on the iPad.

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Developers Rush to Create Gambling Apps Ahead of the iPad Release

With the iPad making its first appearance in stores on April 3rd developers are rushing to finish the apps by the March 27th deadline. Submissions which are accepted ahead of the deadline will be available when the new tablets debut. However, the developers face a real challenge since it will support most of the 150,000 iPhone applications that are already available.

While it might seem odd that they would support the same applications as the iPhone these new tablet computers are in many ways just a larger version of the popular iPhone. So, if the new iPad runs the same apps then what the point of creating newer ones? In the case of online gambling the tablet format has the potential to provide and even more comfortable and realistic experience. Tablet computers are easier on the eyes than cell phones but still far more portable and easy to hold than most laptops.

The truly exciting thing about the iPad is the potential for more interactive online casino games. For instance, players can actually push the buttons on the slot machines themselves or rub the screen to play scratchcards. The format would allow players to interact with games in the same way they would at an actual casino and would also allow for a more user friendly gaming experience. There are endless opportunities for innovative and interactive games such as we’ve never seen before. It’s also possible that this new crop of games might just win over new players who’ve been looking for a more realistic gaming experience at home.

The only downside is that since the tablets still run the Apple operating system users still won’t be able to use the download only casinos. They can, of course, use the browser based versions which are already available but if the iPad gains in popularity casino operators may finally be forced to create downloadable Mac friendly casinos. Even if they don’t the growth of Mac users has already led casinos to beef up their browser based games selection and with the available apps users should have plenty of games to choose from.

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Phone Requirements for Mobile Casino Gambling

Mobile and iPhone casino wagering to play games like video poker, online slots or blackjack has been a welcomed novel idea in the casino gaming world. Online casinos have allowed players to play without having to personally head out to an actual casino and with mobile gaming applications you can now carry the casino with you anywhere you’re going. Of course, to be able to join in the devices have to be right. It is important that you choose a suitable mobile device for casino gaming for it to be successful.

Deciding upon Mobile Devices for Casino Gaming

How does one acknowledge what the perfect mobile device is? This is not a question that is easy to answer. If you have an out of date mobile phone, it is likely that it will not be compatible with applications for mobile gambling. If your palmtop personal computer or cell phone has several gaming applications already then mobile casino gaming should successfully function on these. But nevertheless, the demands can vary for various mobile compatible casinos. It’s fairly easy to realize if your cell phone is suitable for use with your picked mobile casino. Just take a look on the website of your mobile casino. The homepage should feature a menu option for compatible devices. Have a look and find your device in the compatible device list. The casino application isn’t going to work on your phone if it isn’t in the compatible devices list.

Determining the perfect Online Mobile Casino

If you don’t like the very first site you locate don’t worry. Keep in mind you do not have to start using the first mobile casino you find. Just like there are many online casinos out there, you’ll notice quite a lot of mobile gaming choices too. The first mobile casino application you find may not be the one you would prefer to use. Look everywhere until you locate the one that you are happy with and is suitable for your mobile device.

Change your Cell phone for Mobile Casino Gaming

If you are still not having any fortune in being able to play blackjack, video poker or online slots, then you may have to start thinking about replacing your mobile phone to one designed to work with mobile casino apps. Thankfully, many mobile phone services permit you to upgrade with no cost. You should definitely give some thought to this choice and get the latest modern technology so you can enjoy mobile casino gambling from anywhere.

Hi, my name is Elliot Fishburn. I have spent a lot of time in online land based casinos and would like to share with you some gambling and casino games experiences. I hope you find my articles useful and help you make wise decisions together with a bit of cash when playing a bit of poker, roulette, slots or blackjack.

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