Using Your Mobile Phone for Gambling and Gaming
If you think about it, the name mobile phone really does not do the mobile phone justice. Once upon a time, a mobile phone was exactly what its name suggested – a phone you could carry around with you – but now it is so much more. Thanks mainly to apps and the advancement of technology, mobile phones have become way too many things to describe. Although, to describe a few things, mobile phones are also: compasses, games consoles, fitness instructors, interior designers, diaries, banks – the list goes on and on.
Mobile phones have also become mini handheld computers. Users are able to play games, listen to music, surf the internet and essentially do anything on their mobile phone that they could also do on a computer or laptop. In fact, one of the most popular games in the world is played on a mobile phone – Clash of Clans.
Move over Nokia 32:10 and Snake. A mobile strategy video game, Clash of Clans was released in 2010. In 2014, it was reported that Clash of Clans was generating over £300,000 per day in revenue for Supercell – a Finnish game development company. In 2015, this revenue increased to a staggering £1 million per day. The game is set in a fantasy world where the player is chief of his or her village, the task of the player is to build up their village using in game resources, these resources can be obtained either by attacking the towns of other players or by using real money to buy upgrades.
Clash of Clans is free to download but players can spend real money in order to develop their towns quicker. According to Gamespot
, over 100 million people play Clash of Clans each day – more than the number of Americans drinking coffee every day and almost double the population of the United Kingdom Games for mobile phones are now the most played games in the world.
Video games are not the only sort of games which are compatible on a mobile phone. Mobile phones are now heavily used to play online casino games and poker. In the past, a person would of course have to travel to a real life casino in order to play poker and other types of casino games but not anymore. Casinos and poker rooms have moved onto mobile phones.
Anything you can do at a live casino you can now also do at an online one on your mobile phone. Mobile phone casinos even have the option of a live dealer where you can literally interact with a real person from the other end of your mobile phone – simulating the feel of a live casino.
During the transition from real casino to mobile/online casino, one thing that dissuaded people from switching early on was the fact that they were not able to receive their casino winnings in cash, like they were used to. Some people distrusted online casinos and rightly so. There are casinos out there which are untrustworthy, even now.
Fortunately, governments have done what they can to tame the wild west of mobile casinos. UK mobile casinos, for example have strict regulations imposed on them by the UK government and it is for this reason why mobile casinos in the UK
are among the safest online casinos in the world.
Often played in both live casinos and online ones, Texas Hold’em poker is still the most popular form of poker in the world as well one of the most popular games in the world. The online poker boom of the 2000s saw the card game’s popularity increase massively. The internet brought poker to a new and young audience – billions were hooked. These days, poker players are able to play poker wherever they are, as long as they have an internet connection, thanks to their mobile phones.
To be successful at Texas Hold’em in the long-term you need to study the game immensely – you have to be able to read betting patterns and quickly work out mathematical sums quickly - hence why lots of young math students and wiz kids take up the game. The transition of poker from a live casino environment to an online one has meant that the game requires less people reading skills and more problem solving skills.
Professional poker players study the game of poker meticulously and for good reason. The competition is so fierce in online poker, so much so that any player who is not constantly working on their game will be left behind. Studying push shove charts, watching YouTube videos, chatting with friends, discussing strategy with other pros, replaying played hands; these are all things required of a modern day online poker player. Some players study the game for up to seven hours a day. Professional players sometimes have a period of a few months where they spend the majority of their time studying the game rather than actually playing.
The game of poker is constantly evolving and changing, much like technology in general. Even though the earth is hundreds of millions of years old, our world has changed drastically over the past 20 years alone. Imagine where technology will take us in the next 20 years. Who knows what the future will bring. Holograms of casino table games perhaps? Holographic monsters leaping out of our mobile phones? Up until now, technology has gifted humanity immensely with huge gains in just the past decade. Bring on the next 10 years, I say.