I’ve never been much of a gambler, opting instead for the ‘lucky in love’ lifestyle (I’m still waiting for that horse to come in…mind you, if I keep referring to girls as ‘horses’, I may be waiting a while), however I fancied a little flutter the other day and decided to do a little research into the best online gaming apps. I also discovered that some of the best online casinos can be accessed on your iPhone without an app, such as at www.ladbrokes.com where you can play blackjack, poker roulette, etc.; however, once you start playing with real money, there’s no guarantees that your bank balance will be as healthy as it once was…
1. PokerStars Mobile Poker
The app itself is fairly easy to use and the graphics are pretty impressive; it is basically an offshoot of the PokerStars website, transposing the functionality of the online game to your mobile. You can play a variety of games including No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker, Omaha or Omaha Hi-Lo, you can now play ring games, Sit & Go’s (SNG) and multi-table tournaments (MTT) all from your iPhone.
Players can either cruise the lobby looking for the right game or just use the ‘Play Now’ button from the Home Screen or the Lobby and you’ll be whisked straight to a table, saving you valuable gambling time. If you have a favourite group to play against when on the computer, you can use your existing PokerStars account to log in and continue playing against these guys on your mobile.
Peppersports is a really useful little app that doesn’t take up a lot of space on your iDevice but brings a lot of useful information to its screen. Whether you’re an American Football fan, really into basketball, a baseball junkie or a hockey fanatic, you can scroll down Peppersports’ home screen and select your game from the simple boxes that say the home and away teams’ names, where they’re playing and which league that they are in, for example, ‘NFL Pre: Chicago @ Giants’.
Tapping the box leads to more detailed analysis about the kickoff time, starting pitcher and their averages (for MLB), predicted weather, trends and average odds for both teams and most importantly a personal Peppersports prediction for who they think will cover the spread! The app also promises that Guest Handicappers will be able to weigh in with their suggestions soon, which will make predicting the odds a whole new, well, ball game!
The concept of BetYet? is pretty simple; you start with a balance of $1, which the company kindly credits to your account free of charge when you sign up, then you can start your betting! You can bet on up to 10 games per day, all of which are sent to your iPhone’s screen via the app and are clearly displayed in a very aesthetically pleasing fruit machine format. So, let’s say that you’re betting on a basketball game, you may get Miami Heat vs. LA Lakers come up on the screen with a tip-off time and date of the match.
What I really like about BetYet? is that it integrates so well with Facebook; if you’re feeling cocky you can post your predictions or gloats on the BetYet? page or on your own wall and see where your place lies in the standings; it makes what is already quite a competitive atmosphere even more fun. Especially when you win…
As I mentioned in the introduction, you don’t actually need an app to gamble online; use your Safari browser (or whichever one that you prefer), and search for gaming websites where you can utilise their site via the medium of your iPhone. As long as you log out and lock your phone after use, it’s all perfectly safe and the speed and smoothness of such sites can often rival many of the top apps. Sites like Ladbrokes offer a good service via their website, offering a plethora of casino games that you can try your hand at. Good luck!