This week we take a look at the most popular mobile casinos for playing blackjack, for those of you who like playing on the go, enjoy!
It may seem a long way indeed from the firm foothold of Gala’s massive chain of high-street stores, to the company’s totally untethered mobile platform, but Gala’s highly trusted name and consistent interface of its software makes the transition a very easy one. Indeed, the mobile section could hardly be easier to connect to, and HTML5 does away with the need to download a dedicated app, letting you go straight to the site itself to choose your title. Games can be kept updated at all times, so you’ll always be picking from the best selection of titles available to Gala. The free play option is very pleasing, and means that you don’t have to be mastering the mobile interface while simultaneously protecting your bank balance. All banking facilities are supported, even when hooked up to a mobile, and the 100% Welcome bonus (on deposits of up to £400) is also made available to mobile users.
The software is covered by Playtech, so you don’t get hordes of blackjack titles to pick from. Nonetheless, the standard blackjack is beautifully handled, with bold graphics that are sharp and easy to read, even on smaller screens. it’s not the most feature-packed rendition of blackjack, and you miss out on special game variations, such as the extra twists offered by the desktop Double Attack and Progressive titles, for instance. However, mobile versions are currently a little thinner in terms of functionality and choice than their desktop counterparts, and Playtech’s remains one of the most playable available. You also get a crisp roulette title, a rich selection of slots (including Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven and Great Blue), and the charming Pink Panther Scratch. More titles are promised very shortly, including Playtech’s first mobile Live Dealer titles.
No gesture seems too extravagant for this flamboyant but fun gaming site. Whether you’re looking at the $5.5 million spent securing its highly-appetising domain name, or the ridiculously generous 100% Welcome bonus offered on deposits of up to £3,200 – even if blackjack players may need to turn to the slots if they want to move speedily through the wagering requirements – the site knows how to make an impact. That capacity to impress stretches to the fabulous mobile facilities. HTML5 is used, so there’s no necessity to download a native app. Instead, you just redirect your device to the web-site, and pick out a game. This allows Casino to support a wide variety of devices – from Android and Apple models, to the less common BlackBerry range – and also means that new titles can be made available as soon as possible. With Casino, you’ll always be playing the best titles available.
And given that the games suite comes by way of market-leaders Playtech, that’s quite a boast. The blackjack game is one of the mobile market’s slickest performers. This intricate game isn’t always the easiest to convert to the small screen, but Playtech’s rendition is sparkling, combining vibrant graphics with clear options. Admittedly, there isn’t much for blackjack enthusiasts who wish to move beyond the basic rules, but for a strong traditional version of this game, Casino’s version is superb. You can also play roulette, and the capable library of alternatives includes slots (Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven) and scratch games (Pink Panther). Playtech is constantly refreshing its range, and Casino should be near the front of the queue when Playtech brings out its much-anticipated mobile Live Dealer titles.
BGO has come a long way since its humble origins as a specialist Bingo site. Its vast sweep now takes in casino games, slots and sports betting. And, now, it raises the curtains on its mobile suite. Using the mobile version is very simple. You just direct the browser to the main site, and it loads up the titles for you. You can then take a pick from the rather vast selection.
Unlike the majority of its rivals, BGO doesn’t simply plump for one software provider. Rather, it picks out the best games from the various different companies. That pays dividends in its mobile suite, where Netent’s basic but highly playable Blackjack game rubs shoulders with Microgaming’s glossier European Blackjack Gold. In all honesty, even with Gold status, the latter doesn’t come with a mass of options or different play-styles. What you get is an extremely polished and visually attractive game. The Netent version is maybe a little more responsive, although not quite as pleasing to look at. Both apps, though, cater very nicely for traditional players, even if we haven’t yet seen any of the casinos produce the huge number of variations on the rules that you see in the standard desktop versions of the web-sites.
BGO, though, has a superb selection of mobile titles already. There’s a nice version of roulette, and the jumbo bag of slots includes the much-hyped Starburst, Da Vinci Diamonds, and Gonzo’s Quest. Some of the graphics are luscious, giving you the most pleasurable experience you can expect on a mobile device. It’s here that you’ll find the majority of the special offers, with one particularly appetising offer letting you win a share of 1,000 free spins on Starburst. Regular free spin offers roll along, as well as the obligatory welcome bonus – this one a generous 200% (up to £200). Overall, BGO is a brilliant mobile experience. Fast, simple, and highly varied, it offers one of the best portable suites anywhere.