Mobile blackjack is a great way to enjoy a free game or a paid hand while you’re on the go. As technology has evolved and improved in recent years, U.S. blackjack sites, like Bovada, BetOnline and Intertops, have watched their mobile player counts skyrocket. We live in an on-demand, on-the-go world these days and online casinos realize you don’t always want to sit behind a desktop or laptop computer when looking for the best gaming experience. The consumer wants entertainment at their fingertips and our best online casinos deliver that supply.
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If you’ve been playing blackjack for long you probably don’t have any problem remembering when you had to sit down at your desktop 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 laptop or desktop. I’ve even seen mobile poker applications and sports betting mobile solutions.
Mobile blackjack can work in a couple of different ways, but the basic blackjack strategy applies and house edge remains around 1 percent.
You can access a game through an app, by downloading a casino software client, by accessing a casino website on a mobile, 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 and, to reiterate, the basic strategy remains the same.
Your mobile blackjack (and other table games) choices depend on the type of device you have and where you live.
I start by looking at the online blackjack 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 your favorite blackjack player you know for recommendations. Also, don’t forget to check out LIVE dealer games like blackjack where you get to play with a real-life dealer who appears on your screen via live video streaming.
Always check the cashier areas to make sure deposit and withdrawal options – like credit card – are available where you live.
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.
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If you have an Apple or Android device, you won’t have any problem finding a wide range of free or paid mobile blackjack options.
Blackberry and Windows mobile devices have plenty of free blackjack options, but limited real money choices. Blackjack players in most countries can find at least one or two paid options, but overall your choices are limited.
Here’s a not-so-hidden secret: the more mobile players online casinos get to sign up, the better. It may sound profound, but if you take a step back and think about it, there’s a big difference between a veteran online casino player and a first-time user. More than likely, the veteran blackjack player doesn’t mind playing on a desktop or laptop computer because it was common when they originally signed up. However, to entice new users, find an online casino that offers the same first-time deposit and casino reload bonuses to mobile users as it does desktop and laptop blackjack players.
For example, Bovada offers the same blackjack bonuses to mobile users as they do other platforms. So, chances are if you can receive a bonus on desktop and laptops, you’re going to enjoy those same perks as a mobile blackjack player.
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 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.
We live in an on-demand, on-the-go world these days and online casinos realize you don’t always want to travel to a land-based, brick-and-mortar casino or sit behind a desktop or laptop computer when looking for the best gaming experience. The consumer wants entertainment at their fingertips and our best online casinos deliver that supply.
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.
Mobile compatible 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 a paid game. This means they want as many people to try their free games as possible. When a digital 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 paid play.
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. Instead of looking in the app store, find a mobile casino or online blackjack games that offers games compatible with your mobile device. Look for the mobile section on the casino’s web site and follow the instructions.