Smartphones offer a unique platform on which individuals can gamble using specifically designed applications, adapted websites or text messaging. Despite concerns about gambling-related harms, research to date on mobile gambling has largely focused on whether its impacts are driven by pre-existing comorbidities or if the behaviours associated with mobile gaming are distinctively different from those observed in other forms of online and offline gambling technologies. This manuscript reviews the current state of knowledge on key issues related to mobile gambling and proposes an account based on associative learning that suggests this form of gambling is likely to show distinctive features compared with other interactive gambling technologies.
Some mobile apps encourage players to spend money by allowing them to win in-game credits that can be exchanged for real cash. These games often feature high-frequency reinforcement and may be promoted with a variety of mechanisms, such as in-game advertisements or social media promotion. These characteristics are likely to amplify the effects of gambling-related rewards on the behaviours that drive problem gambling. In addition, the associative processes that underlie gambling-related behaviours are accelerated by mobile phone use and schedules of reinforcement.
These features are likely to make mobile gambling unique from other forms of interactive gambling, and as such there is reason to expect that its impact on problem gamblers will differ from those experienced by other online and offline casino games. This article considers the nature of these differences and outlines a series of suggestions for future research.
The selection of games and the range of payment methods available from a casino on mobile devices can vary widely. Some offer a wide selection of slots, table games and video poker options from a number of top developers, while others provide a full suite of sports betting markets in states where sports betting is legal.
Most online casinos have a dedicated mobile app available to download for iOS or Android, or they will have a responsive website that works on any device. Ensure that the casino you choose is compatible with your device before you deposit any money, as this will guarantee that you get a smooth and stable experience.
The best mobile casinos will have a generous selection of casino games that can be played for free before making any real-money deposits. Look for a selection of classic casino games like roulette, blackjack and poker, as well as popular slot machines with enticing graphics. In addition, check the terms and conditions of each casino’s bonuses to find out if there are any wagering requirements or time limits attached to their offers. This will help you to decide whether the site is right for you. For example, if the wagering requirements are too steep or the bonus expires too quickly, you might prefer to choose another casino. It’s also worth looking for a mobile casino that accepts your preferred payment method. This is especially important if you’re planning on playing on a budget.