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Despite Steve Jobs and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Mobile Poker Growing

Jan 21, 2011

Despite Steve Jobs and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Mobile Poker Growing
iPhone Poker

While both Apple founder Steve Jobs and Google CEO have declared moratoriums on mobile gambling applications within the Apple App Store and the Android Market (respectively), software developers continue to create mobile poker apps.

Now, two more internet gambling firms have publicized new mobile poker applications which enable players to wager real money in as many days.

On January 19th, Austria-based Bwin, which may be merging with Party Gaming, launched what they are hailing as the first ever native iPhone gambling app that enables poker players to wager real money. While this poker app can currently only be bought from the Apple App Store by iPhone users in the United Kingdom or Austria, Bwin plans to release the poker application throughout the rest of Europe in the foreseeable future.

On January 20th, Microgaming software declared that their own real money Android poker app would be available by the end of this financial quarter. The application will provide access to all online poker rooms available within the Microgaming network. Lydia Melton, Microgaming’s head of poker, stated “For years now, industry experts have speculated on the mobile market’s possibilities for gaming…. The technology is ready, the software is ready, and we believe the players are ready as well. The future is here. We are extremely excited about this release.”

Even though mobile gambling has proven to be a growth industry for the past few years, progress porting real money wagering, especially for poker, to smart phones has been limited by legal and moral objections in some regions and confusion about the same in others. Additionally, mobile poker has more complicated technological requirements since more data is transferred and securing the applications to prevent cheating requires greater sophistication. Compounding the issues, the Apple App Store has long resisted gambling apps and recently Google declared real gambling is not allowed in the Android Market.

Despite all these obstacles, additional internet poker rooms and poker networks can be expected to join the mobile gambling market – the market hold too much potential for profit to be ignored.


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5 responses to “Despite Steve Jobs and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Mobile Poker Growing”

  1. BurgerChick says:

    Someone should assissinate both of them… do you think that will drive up their share prices?

  2. Lipzzz says:

    No but it will force burger eating fat cows like you to walk to a land line phone when u need your baby daddy to send the welfare check. Ignorant cow.

  3. Business says:

    On Microgaming Android Poker release.  

    We heavily back Microgaming applications and there’s always a lot of excitement anytime a new game is released.  Always great software that functions superbly, not only on Android but in many cases virtually any mobile phone device.  

    I wonder exactly which devices beyond Android will be included from the outset.  It sounds like this is going to be the real deal as Mg already have cash Video Poker across almost all handsets.  

    Mg’s popular 3 Card mobile poker has not yet made it to Android or Apple devices, that one must be on the back burner whilst Lydia Melton gets this release out!  I imagine coverage for this app will probably extend way beyond Google’s Android OS, if not at launch, very soon after.  I reckon this must be around the tenth or eleventh smartphone casino/card app from Microgaming, I’m beginning to loose count. Those guys work hard!

    From a commercial point of view, we’ll be interested to see what sign up incentives are available to get real players round the table.  I believe Mg player  bonuses are some of the best out there!  Can’t wait to see it at ICE!  We wish Lydia & the team at Microgaming loads if success with this. 

    ED

    NB: Important to remember that many Blackberry owners play a good game of poker.

  4. GamblerRambler says:

    let’s just invite them to a friendly poker game, and kick the shit out of them!

  5. Mobilepoker. says:

    VIsit us , we have the best mobile poker sites that work on other devices than smart phones with free money to try.

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