If you are a fan of the pokies, then chances are you may be an even bigger fan of the mobile versions. What is not to love? You can play them at any time from anywhere all right at the tip of your fingertips.
The mobile market is becoming increasingly popular among New Zealanders, so popular in fact that it is estimated around half of punters in have used a mobile device to play their favourite games.
The following lists everything you need to know before venturing into the mobile pokies world, from finding the best Android apps and how to install them, to setting up an account. We have done the work, so you don’t have to.
What are Android Casinos.
First things first, what are they? An Android Casino is a type of mobile casino that is compatible with the Android operating system.
Android is one of the most popular devices used among Kiwis and, as such, there are now endless gaming options offered by casinos specifically for these devices.
On mobile platforms, there are two types of gambling available; free play and play for real money. A real money Android casino allows you to gamble using real money on your mobile or tablet.
You can choose to download pokie apps straight to your mobile phone via different casino websites or access them straight through your browser. When playing for real money you can withdraw money instantly using your device.
Free play on the other hand allows you to play your favourite games for free without involving actual money. All the casino apps offered on Google Play are free play apps as Google has a strict no gambling policy.
Best Android Apps.
There is a huge range of mobile casino apps out there and it is important to know which one is for you. To help, we have compiled a list of the most popular as voted for online to help you find your favourite.
Free play apps on Google Play.
Micro Gaming and Playtech are two of the biggest games developers out there. They are responsible for some of the most popular titles in the gambling world and present these on mobile with fantastic graphics and smooth play.
BetSoft meanwhile is renown for its particularly outstanding graphics and boasts some of the most attractive casino games you will find on a mobile app.
Playing for real money.
Although there are hundreds of online casinos available, there are several that stand out from the crowd so if you really want to enjoy your gaming experience start here.
The top four as rated online are;
Each of these casinos offer a wide range of hugely popular games which you can either download onto your mobile phone or play through your browser. They are great to check out if you are on the hunt for a favourite casino and they all offer real money play.
Spin Palace New Zealand
Jackpot City New Zealand
How to install Android casino games.
To download an app from the play store all you have to do is select an app from the casino category.
Once you select it you will see a short summary of the game so you can decide if it is what you want. After this simple hit the green install button – or the green button with the price on it is the case of paid apps. The app with then download straight onto your device.
List of pokies from Google Store
* It is important to understand that pokies apps from the Google Store are ‘For Fun’ only. No real money can be withdraw from them.
Installing Cleopatra Pokies App
Playing for Real Money
Real money casino apps work much in the same way however, rather than downloading them from Google Play you will download the apps from your favourite online casino. Most online casinos have an Android version ready which can be accessed from their official website. Once you have located the mobile app on the website, simple hit the download button.
As for mobile bonuses, if you want to take advantage of these then you must register an account with your casino of choice. If you re already registered then you can use that same account to log in and get the mobile casino bonus.
Which devices can you use to play Android casino games?
To make things easy, all of your Android devices should work with Android casinos. You can however also download and play Android casinos with an iPhone or a Windows device. That is because they are geared towards the mobile market in general rather than towards a specific platform.
Typically the bigger the screen the better the graphics and the gaming experience. This makes Android tablets the best device for online mobile gambling. Don’t stress if you don’t have one however, the resolution and graphics on Android mobiles are still great.
Some of the best Android tablets include: Samsung Galaxy Tab, Amazon Fire HD 6, Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro, Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.
According to TechRadar, the most popular android phones of 2017 are: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Huawei P10 Plus, Google Pixel XL, HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9, Google Pixel, LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, Motorola Moto Z and the new Huawei Mate 10.
Is mobile gambling safe?
As with land based casinos, all online casinos are tightly controlled and adhere to strict regulations. This means they are perfectly safe for you to use as all your data and information will be kept secure by the latest encryption technology. Casino apps do not share any of your personal information, financial information, or transaction history with any third party companies and the security measures they have in place are some of the most high tech and reliable features out there.
Although the casino will protect your account for you, it is important that you keep your phone safe and make sure it is locked with either a pin code or fingerprint recognition so as to keep others out of your account. Also make sure to keep your password to yourself and never to store it on another device.
You should also be aware that there is a dark side to Android online casinos. In today’s world anyone can create and market a real money casino app. This is why it is important to stick to the tried and trusted casinos.
Payment methods available on Android casinos.
How to deposit and withdraw cash from Android casino apps and sites? There are a number of different payment options from credit and debit cards to web wallets and bitcoin; the most popular being the first option.
Credit and debit cards are quick and easy to use when making a deposit to a casino. Generally however you can’t receive funds onto a credit card.
Web wallets such as PayPay meanwhile are also common methods of withdrawing and depositing money into mobile casinos.
Alternatively Bitcoin can also be used but you need to be selective when choosing your Android casino as they don’t all offer this option.