Online casino gaming saw a surge in popularity during the difficult times of 2020 and 2021 when land-based casinos were closed or operating under restrictions. Today, with things back to normal, many players have continued to play online. It’s been particularly noticeable in Canada, to the extent that lawmakers in Ontario and Nova Scotia rushed through online casino legislation in a rush to keep at least some of that gambling revenue at home, providing domestic alternatives to the offshore casino sites.
For the majority of players, gambling online means visiting the casino sites from their smartphones. Mobile devices are now the most popular way to get online, and iGaming companies adopt a mobile-first strategy when designing their platforms – Gamble Online provides a whole host of examples. But there are still many players who prefer to use a traditional desktop for casino gaming. Here we look at the pros and cons of each.
Benefits of mobile casino gaming
Some of the key advantages of playing casino games from your smartphone are plain for all to see. Others might come as something of a surprise. Convenience is the number one benefit, and that applies to most aspects of mobile internet. You can play what you want, when you want, where you want.
A potentially more surprising benefit of mobile casinos is that some offer slightly superior payout rates when you use their mobile platforms. This is to encourage new players, who are most likely to be attracted to mobile play.
An advantage that cannot be overstated is customer support. This is not a hard and fast rule, but mobile platforms tend to be more responsive if you need help, providing instant access to customer service via chat, telephone or other messenger services. That’s not always the case when you play from your desktop.
Downsides of mobile casinos
The factor most likely to put players off mobile casino gaming is screen size. Of course, you can see what is going on more clearly when you have a desktop monitor. That, however, is the cost of any mobile internet activity, and also applies to viewing photos, streaming movies and so on.
A bigger issue can be security. That’s not the fault of the casino, it’s simply a fact that people do not take security so seriously on their phones as they do on their desktops. It goes beyond hackers – too many of us make it easy for criminals by leaving our phones lying around with the screens unlocked so anyone can access our gambling accounts or whatever else is on there.
Connectivity can also be an issue when you are out and about. Coverage in general is far better today than it was a decade ago, but there are still patchy spots and nothing is more frustrating than losing your connection mid-game.
On the whole, however, the 5G rollout is consigning these issues to history. As long as your eyesight is ok and you take sensible security precautions, mobile casino gaming has more pros than cons.
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