How SmartPhones Have Changed the Way People Gamble

by Joe Ellison Last Updated
Gambling on Your Smartphone

The way we gamble has changed dramatically over the past decade or so, and for the most part, we have the advent of smartphones to thank.

No longer do we have to make a special trip to the casino or racetrack, or limit ourselves to our desktop or laptops if we want to enjoy some gambling fun.

Now, we can place a bet anywhere, anytime, in the palm of our hand. In this blog post, we’ll look at how smartphones have changed gambling for the better and (sometimes) for the worse.

The Good: Mobile Gaming Summary

The main benefit of gambling on a smartphone is convenience.

When was the last time you had to fork out on petrol to visit your local brick-and-mortar casino?

For some time now, you’ve been able to enjoy your favourite variant of poker or blackjack while sitting on the bus, waiting in a queue, or simply during your lunch break.

  1. This convenience has led to a boom in mobile gambling. According to the Online Gambling Global Market Report 2022, mobile players account for around 80% of all users in the iGaming industry in most countries.
  2. Further studies have revealed that it’s mostly younger people who have taken to gambling on their smartphones, which suggests that the future of online gambling really is mobile.
  3. Another advantage of mobile gambling is that it’s become much easier to track your bets and monitor your spending. In the past, it was all too easy to lose track of how much money you’d put down on a given race or game.

As you can imagine, this didn’t do much to help players stay within their budgets.

Now, there are apps that help you keep tabs on your bankroll and set limits on how much you’re willing to lose. This can be a helpful tool for keeping your gambling habits under control.

Casinos have also hopped on the app bandwagon, many offering their own downloadable applications for iOS and Android users. These apps allow users to play for real money and access special, touch-enhanced mobile casino games with great ease.

Phone Casino Negatives

Of course, there are also some downsides to gambling on smartphones.

  1. One of the biggest is that it’s become much easier to develop a gambling problem. Fortunately, the top UK mobile phone casinos go out of their way to provide self-help tools and resources to players who are exhibiting behaviour indicative of problem gambling.
  2. Another potential downside of mobile gambling is that it can be easy to get distracted while you’re placing a bet. If you’re not careful, you could wind up overspending or making impulsive bets that you later regret.
  3. Industry pros are quick to remind other players that it’s important to stay focused when you’re gambling and not let yourself get carried away by the excitement of the moment.

man playing online casino games and gambling on the phone

Top Tips for Gambling on Your Phone

Having your very own ‘pocket casino’ comes with a certain amount of responsibility. It’s easy to play safely and wisely if you follow these simple tips:

  • Make sure to only play at licenced and reputable mobile casinos in the UK.
  • Only connect to safe Wi-Fi networks.
  • Ensure you have a password on your mobile device.
  • Set yourself a daily, weekly, or monthly mobile gambling budget.
  • Never play when you’re feeling distressed.


Final Thoughts: The Future of Phone Gambling?

With advanced iGaming technologies getting better all the time, the potential for the smart phone gambling scene is unrivalled.

With the best minds in the game working hard to improve mobile gambling offerings and features like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Voice Control games, there’s no telling what the next few years will hold.

One thing is for sure, though — mobile gambling isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

About the Author


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Joe is a journalist, editor and copywriter who specialises in sport, politics, film and the gaming industry. He works on Fleet Street for national newspapers and other publicans across the UK and in North America. He is an experienced product reviewer and editor for global brands and gambing companies. He has interviewed everyone from elite sport stars to the next generation of influential business people.
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