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Top Mobile Casinos | Android & iPad Casinos

The buzzword for the last 3 or 4 years in gambling circles has been "mobile" but as a casino player I've been sceptical. I can see how mobile is a great fit for sports betting but when it comes down to sitting down and playing blackjack, roulette or slots you primarily want to kick back and relax and by nature, mobile has usually meant you are on the move. I tried playing some slot games at a few mobile casinos a few years ago (my thoughts on those are written up here) and it was a frustrating experience to be honest, largely because connectivity on the move can be flaky.

But now we have "tablets": android devices and iPads with decent sized screens and quick web access are a game changer when it comes to mobile casinos for playing games online and while once I was disillusioned on my Nokia 9500 brick with it's tiny fiddly screen, the android and iPad casinos I have been testing recently for the Top Online Casinos website are, thankfully, much more playable. In fact, they are actually very good!

The games choice is still on the light side and that's the main reason I'm not putting any mobile casinos in ,my Top 10 casino lists but at least what there is seems to be very well put together. Blackjack, roulette and video poker in their rawest forms are all now readily available for mobile devices and some of the best slots out there (in my opinion as a slots fan) are also now designed for mobile casino play.

Below therefore are a small selection of very good mobile casinos that I have been playing recently on my iPad and even on my android-flavour Samsung Galaxy S3. I can't tell you every device these mobile casinos will work on but I assume any smartphone or tablet will be OK and having an iPad 3 myself I can vouch for the fact that casino play is at last available on Apple's iOS too!

#1 Mobile Casino: Roller Casino (iPad / iPhone / iOS)

Roller Casino Blackjack: Get The App Paddy Power's Roller Casino would be my first choice mobile casino if I was after playing table games or European roulette. It's an iOS compatible casino app (iPad app or iPhone) an android app (I played it on my iPad for what it's worth but apparently they are the same whichever option you choose) and is yet another decent online product from one of the best names in gambling. Like most mobile apps, Roller Casino was a breeze to install and you can even just opt to play for fun without registering if you want (with the odd nag screen). The registration was easy as was setting up a debit card and the app also has Responsible Gambling settings so you can set your own deposit limits per week or per 24 hours.

The first thing to notice is that you have to play in Landscape mode, not that that is a problem. You get a lobby with 4 options: Table Games, Roulette, Slots and Video Poker. Under "Table Games" you will find 4 card games including Blackjack, Casino Holdem Poker, Blackjack Surrender and Baccarat. Actually, you can access all the games through any of the 4 Lobby options - it's just that the order is prioritised based on what you choose!

Roller Casino Roulette: Download The only roulette option is European Roulette although for some reason it is labelled as both "Roulette", "Roller Roulette" and "European Roulette" so it looks like you have 3 games but for some odd reason, they are all the same! Maybe that will change and more games are planned. There are two variants of Video Poker: Jacks Or Better Deluxe (a 5-hand multiplay game) and Jokers Wild Deluxe (pretty similar to Joker Poker as you'd expect) and Deuces Wild Deluxe which are also 5-hand games.

As for bet limits, you get �0.50 - �100 chips on Roulette, �1 - �1,000 chips on Blackjack, �1 - $500 chips on Baccarat while on the video poker games you can bet from �1.25 (25p a hand) to �50 (�10 a hand).

Now, onto the slot games on Roller casino. One thing I had high hopes for on iPad casinos like Roller was the slot games and look and feel is very decent. As for the games, I have mixed opinion but to be fair it is early days so the choice is limited to 5 slots right now. "Clover Gold" and "Hotel Of Horror" are very similar 20-payline games with bonus features where you just reveal prizes. Pretty boring low-medium volatility games. "Maya Pyramid" is a tad more interesting but only a tad and again, has a pick-em style bonus. "Burning Cherry" is a 5-line slot and looks nice but is also pretty basic and has no bonus feature. Yawn.

Roller Casino Slots: Play Now There is however a real gem of a slot game here in Roller Casino: Luxor Valley. Fans of Novomatic's "Book Of Ra" will recognise the gameplay in this one straight away. A 9-line slot where the scatters are also wild symbols and become expanding symbols in the free spins. It's high volatility but a top, top slot game and if you are a slots player it makes Roller Casino worth the download on it's own.

As for service, well: Roller Casino is a Paddy Power product so it's top notch. I've played Paddy Power's regular online casino for years (I also have their Games site in my Top 10 no-download suggestions) and their iPad casino comes with the same backoffice support and obviously benefits from Paddy's reputation. Or in other words, it's a very, very safe casino to play! Cashouts are prompt, there is no reverse pending time after cashing out which is the bain of a player's life and it's just pretty much no-hassle.

So if you are interested i having a play, you can download the Roller Casino iPad or android app here.

More Mobile Casino options

While the Roller app is pretty good, there are a number of mobile casinos that operate browser-based products featuring games by Microgaming, Playtech, IGT and more. Microgaming's mobile casino is probably the best overall, even if games are limited to just theirs. I play mostly at 32Red casino and Royal Vegas who both have the Microgaming mobile product which runs on android and iPad or iPhone.

Realtime Gaming (RTG) launched their mobile product in early 2014 aswell. I'm not a massive fan of RTG myself and a number of their licencees are well worth avoiding but there are some reputable operators like High Noon and Lucky Red Casino which also have the mobile casino. It features (at launch) around 12 games including slots, blackjack and roulette.

The mobile casino platform from Playtech is also a lot better than when it first launched. Initially you had to spin slots with your finger and double-tap to increase bet sizes which sometimes happened erroneously without you noticing but now they added "normal" spin buttons it's sorted The games look good and I'd probably play at either Gala or Paddy Power. There is a decent range of games now too including Marvel slots.