Here’s a real-life experience that many online casino gamblers experience at least once a week.
It’s a Wednesday and lunch hour at your factory or office. But it’s such a hassle to go out to lunch, so you either bring your own or eat from a vending machine.
That takes in most cases no more than 20 minutes which leaves you 10 minutes to hit the restroom, and then you wait the remaining 30 minutes before it’s time to go back to work.
You could make a phone call or two on your smartphone, or you could play some innocuous video game, on your phone that you have played a hundred times before and are frankly bored of it, or you could try out that new online casino that your friend is raving about for a few hands of blackjack, or maybe even you could play a progressive slot like Mega Moolah and win enough to quit your job permanently.
So you fire up your smartphone and start gambling on the latest and greatest online website. Now what?
Well, unfortunately, that casino either requires you to download a casino app first (which you don’t want to do because your phone is full of apps now) or you discover for some reason the casino is not mobile-friendly.
Fortunately, at least in the latter case, more and more online casinos have learned that to keep up with the competition, they either redesign their website to be mobile-friendly or lose a lot of business.
Then there are online casinos that are in-between. They paid some website developers peanuts to make their website mobile-friendly, however, the execs at the casino never tried to access their own online casino.
If they had, they would discover that yes, you can access their casino online but it looks absolutely terrible and has significant glitches in the program, the scaling is way off, or the website works great for an Android smartphone but doesn’t work properly on an Apple phone, or vice versa.
The plain fact is that perhaps as many as 20 percent or more of online casinos just do not work great on a cell phone.
Any good web programmer should be able to design an easy-to-navigate online casino that is mobile-friendly, quick, responsive, has the right scale, and does not take up too much bandwidth. Check out the list of best mobile-friendly casinos that will take your experience to the next level.
But unfortunately, many executives that run casinos seem tech-blind and let their web developers (who are likely just contract workers) design at their will without thoroughly testing the results.
What else can explain the fact that all online casinos need to be mobile-friendly?
If they asked execs at Google, they might be surprised to discover that as much as 54 percent of all internet traffic is conducted over a cell phone.
Not only is that over half of all internet traffic, but in situations like the aforementioned guy or gal who wants to play a few spins of the slots, or play a game or two of blackjack or roulette, it’s probably well over 75 percent.
Sure, chances are the online casino still looks better on your laptop at home, but in today’s world, particularly for young and single gamblers in their 20s and 30s, many of them are rarely at home at all except to sleep.
So how do you avoid running into online casinos that are either not optimized for mobile, or still have problems and glitches?
Generally, online gambling review sites are your friend.
Of course, a few reviews sites here and there are biased, and they all seem to have their own affiliate casinos to recommend, but many gambling review sites such as Casino.org and Casino guru will give you a complete lowdown on how mobile-friendly an online casino is or is not.
Another consideration is whether to download the casino’s app or not.
Personally, we like to hop around from one online casino to the next. It’s sort of like a surfer ever looking for the perfect wave. In addition, if we are forced to download the app, then sorry but we’ll pass. But there are two reasons you might want to download a casino app.
The first is that if you have the app on your phone, you can access the casino almost instantly, whereas you might need to take a minute or two more trying to access the casino manually.
The second is by having the app on your phone you can be notified of new bonuses that the casino has announced.
Personally, we don’t give a hoot about online casino bonuses, as their conditions and loopholes make casino bonuses generally a waste of time.
However, a fairly high percentage of online gamblers base their decision to gamble at a casino based upon the bonuses offered, so if you have the app, absolutely you’ll be notified when new bonuses show up.
As for money, well the vast majority of online casinos give you the option of practicing at the casino for free or playing with real money. Again this is a personal opinion, but we believe that playing for real money is the only game in town.
Does this mean you should never play at an online casino that is not mobile-friendly?
Well, as Sean Connery who promised never to play James Bond again came back with Never Say Never Again, a tongue-in-cheek title if we’ve ever heard one, we’d have to say no, we can’t rule out a great casino if it isn’t available on our smartphone.
But that casino must be pretty darn spectacular in some way to get us to play it only on our home computer. The plain fact is, there are dozens of great online casinos out there, so why in the world would you choose one that is not mobile-friendly unless it’s one you played countless times before.
Note, however, that when it comes to signing up for a casino and sending money to them as a deposit, we do prefer to do that on our home computer, using a VPN so nobody can access our banking information.
But the time will come when roughly 75 to 85 percent of all online gambling will be done strictly on smartphones. It’s a reality that some online casinos are still struggling with, but most are rapidly catching on.