Posted 3/21/11 : Technology and online gambling have always come hand in hand.  From the moment Microgaming developed the first internet casino software in 1994, the online gambling industry exploded in to what is now a $30 billion industry.

One of the most recent developments in online casinos has been “instant play” casinos.  These use in-browser Java and Flash technology which allows you to play casinos games over the internet without having to download any software.  Most of the top US casinos provide instant-play options, such as Bodog Casino, Rushmore Casino and 888 Casino.

Nowadays, mobile gaming has become much more important and popular, with annual mobile revenue increasing by 50%. The iPhone, which was first launched in 2007, has rapidly become one of the most successful multi-media smart phones.  

The iPhone’s liquid crystal, 8 cm touch-screen display has made it perfect for mobile gaming.  The iPhone’s large screen and graphics make it possible to play popular house casino games such as blackjack, roulette and video poker for the first time in excellent visuals and game play.  The fact that you can download a range of real money casino apps from the Apple App Store all in one go also makes iPhone gambling very popular.

In terms of which real money casinos provide mobile games for the iPhone, your best choice is either All Slots, Wild Jack or 32Red (voted “Best UK Casino Online” numerous times over the last decade).

All of the casinos listed above provide real money gambling apps that can be downloaded with one-click from the App store.  The range of casino games these apps provide are limited to around a dozen, including blackjack, roulette, video poker, keno, bingo, scratch cards and single line and multi line slots games such as Tomb Raider.

The other main advantage of downloading these iPhone gambling apps is that all of the games will be included in the App – there is no need to download games individually like you have to do with normal WAP-network mobile devices.  You can also access your full account, make deposits/withdrawals through credit/debit cards and eWallets, and earn mobile bonuses and player rewards.

 Unfortunately for US players there are no real money iPhone gambling apps that you can download.  You can however download regular mobile casino games on your iPhone (using WAP connectivity) but these will not be specifically designed for your device.  As such, the game quality, visuals and functionality won’t be as good and you’ll have to download casino games manually.

In addition, one of the main issues with casinos providing apps for the iPhone is that the Apple refuses to list Apps on their App Store which use either Flash or Java technology.  This is why many US casinos (such as Bodog Casino) have tried and failed to upgrade their mobile casinos for the iPhone.  Full Tilt Poker also released a mobile poker game (Rush Poker) for Android and other devices however it is not available on the iPhone for this reason.