If you’ve been playing blackjack for long you probably don’t have any problem remembering when you had to sit down at your desk top computer and log on to play online blackjack.
Now it seems like you can play blackjack on almost any device you own. Android based phones and tablets, iPads, iPhones, Windows phones, and Blackberry devices, all offer ways to play blackjack.
The mobile blackjack movement has reached a point where a new phone or tablet is almost required to have the technology to play if it hopes to enjoy any level of success.
Plus, the mobile gaming market has grown to a point where you can play almost as many casino games on your mobile devices as you can on your lap top or desk top. I’ve even seen mobile poker applications and sports betting mobile solutions.
Over 95% of the mobile devices in existence use one of four platforms. Android and iOS (Apple products) systems control most of the market with Windows mobile and Blackberry devices holding small parts. We have a page dedicated to each platform where we tell you who has the best casino games you can play and what you should know before you sign up.
If you have an Apple or Android device you won’t have any problem finding a wide range of free or real money mobile blackjack options.
Blackberry and Windows mobile devices have plenty of free blackjack options but limited real money choices. Player’s in most countries can find at least one or two real money options, but overall your choices are limited.
Mobile blackjack can work a couple different ways.
You can access a game through an app, by downloading a casino software client, by accessing a mobile casino solution, or use a browser based no download solution.
Most mobile casinos require a download of the main software client on your phone and then each game you play within the casino has to download before you play. This way you don’t end up with a bunch of games downloaded on your mobile device that you don’t use.
An app basically is a link to a software application, much like a link on a regular web site. An app can work as a download solution like I just covered or as a browser based solution.
Browser based solutions (also called no download or flash) are games you can play without downloading anything to your mobile device. They tend to work better on tablets than phones because the screens are bigger. Some games can’t be played on phones because you can’t see them well enough to play.
Don’t worry if all of this sounds complicated. All you really need to worry about is if it works on your device or not. The software takes care of everything else.
Finding a free mobile blackjack option is almost as easy as falling out of a tree. The app stores and markets are filled with free blackjack and casino game options, you can find plenty of mobile casino providers, and many online casinos have started offering mobile gaming solutions.
I suggest reading the section below about avoiding free apps before playing for free on your mobile device.
Your real money mobile blackjack choices depend on the type of device you have and where you live.
I start by looking at the online casinos where I already play to see if they offer mobile solutions for the phone or tablet I use. If they do I simply follow the instructions to access the games and start playing. Most places let you use the same account for online and mobile play.
If you don’t have a place where you currently play or they don’t offer games for your device you can start reading reviews from sites you trust or ask other blackjack players you know for recommendations.
Always check the cashier areas to make sure deposit and withdrawal options are available where you live.
I’m a firm believer in trying something for free before investing real money in it if possible. You can’t always do this, but mobile blackjack is an area where you can.
Most people take a quick look around their app store or marketplace when they start looking for blackjack games. The companies that own the technology behind the phones and tablets and the app stores train us to find things in the store. They do their best to make us think you can’t get an app outside of the store.
The issue with finding a mobile blackjack game is if you get one through your normal app store it won’t have real money play available and it will be one developed by a company that doesn’t have the financial incentive to offer you the best possible blackjack solution.
This may not make sense to you if you’ve never thought about it, so let me try to explain why you’re better off finding a solution that offers real money play instead of a free app.
Before I go on, my intention isn’t to get you to only play for real money. If you don’t want to play for real money I don’t have any problem with that. You can still play for free on any of the real money blackjack games found by using my suggestions.
Mobile casinos focus on getting players to use real money to play their games. This is the only way they make money.
If the casinos can get you to try their blackjack games for free, they know there’s a chance you’ll eventually play for real money. This means they want as many people to try their free games as possible.
When a mobile casino puts out a blackjack game (or any other casino game) that doesn’t measure up to the other free options they have very little chance of getting new players to try their game or convert to real money play.
To make sure you understand how important this is, the gambling industry is responsible for billions (with a”B”) in revenue every year.
Mobile casinos have every incentive, including the most important ones of increased revenues and profits, to produce better games than those available in the app stores.
That’s why you should avoid free blackjack apps.
Instead of looking in the app store, find an online or mobile casino that offers games compatible with your mobile device. Look for the mobile section on the casino’s web site and follow the instructions.
Mobile blackjack is a great way to enjoy a free game or a real money hand or two while you’re on the go. You can play while sitting at home, while waiting for an appointment, or get in a few hands on your lunch break.