Windows Mobile Casinos for Real Money

Windows Casinos: Why Few Apps Exist, and What To Do Instead

It’s unfortunate.

Mobile is growing. Evolving. Replacing the computer.

No surprise there, though. A tablet can do most things a laptop can. Smart phones can too, minus the heavy typing and researching.

But you want to know the one thing you can’t do with Windows phone or tablet, but have no problem doing on your Windows operating system?

Play casino games. For real money.

Why Are (Real Money) Casino Apps So Far and Few Between?

The casinos don’t say.

If I had to guess, it would be the market. Online casinos develop apps for the most popular devices, and Windows isn’t one of them.

Based on recent stats, Windows’ phones had a 5% market share. That’s up from their 2.5% share in 2012, but still it pales in comparison to both Apple and Android, both of which command 40-45% of the market (each).

Windows tablets aren’t much better either. They’re expected to grow from a bit more than 4 million units in 2012, to an estimated 43+ million units in 2016. But that’s peanuts compared to the 170 million and 140 million that Apple and Android are expected to sell.

The point? Why waste time and effort building an app for Windows when there are so few owners, let alone owners that want to gamble with real money.

So, will casinos ever develop apps for Windows devices?

Maybe, but does it matter? All mobile devices appear to be using HTML5. I think it would make more sense for casinos to transition their Flash browser games to HTML5. Then no device would be incompatible.

Ok, There is 1 or 2 Apps. Here Are Some Details

US players can choose from 1 of 2 casinos:

  • Drake – Choose from more than 15 games, including blackjack, roulette or slots.
  • Slotland – Choose from a variety of multi-line, multi-reel, video, fruit and other themed slots.

 

Don’t feel bad for the thin selection of games. Even Apple and Android users have no more than 5-10 games to choose from at most casinos.

How to Download the App & Get Started

Unlike most casinos, you won’t need to download an app or scan a QR code. Both Drake and Slotland Casino will play from your browser window. Just visit the site and log-in to get started. If you haven’t created an account you’ll need to do so first (this is easier from your computer).

Making a deposit from your tablet/phone will be identical to depositing from your computer, only smaller. Choose a deposit option (Visa, MasterCard, wire, direct cash or check), and complete the necessary steps.

And although mobile casinos use similar encryption technology to safeguard your account and banking details, I recommend not making deposits in public if you can help it. Furthermore, make sure that you don’t save your passwords in case your phone gets stolen. Always play on secured networks, too.

Are There Alternatives to Casino Apps?

Not much. The problem is that most tablets/phones don’t support Flash. However, that’s the programming language that most online casinos use. And the only way around that is to download a different browser app that supports Flash.

Free Windows Games

Another way to go are free money apps. You cannot play for real money (but on the bright side, you can’t lose real money either).

There are nearly 150 apps under “apps+gambling” on the Windows app store. Games vary from general casino games to pai gow poker to blackjack to poker. And I’m sure searching for Texas holdem would get you tons more results.

But if you still want a legitimate online casino experience, another idea is to go international. You’ll find a couple more casinos that are compatible with Windows. You won’t be able to play for real money, but you can still download the apps and play for free. At least you’ll have a bigger selection of games to choose from.