It’s hard to imagine life without the internet, and over the last 20 years it has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, and that includes betting.
At the turn of the millennium, online betting was a relatively new phenomenon, with only a few companies offering limited services. Brick-and-mortar betting shops and casinos were still the go-to places for wagering. As more people got internet services installed in their homes, betting companies reacted (albeit slowly at first) and online gaming expanded. With the abolition of the 9% betting tax in 2002, many online bookmakers were attracted to the UK market and a period of fierce competition began.
Today, it is easier than ever to play your favourite casino games or to place a sports bet, not just at home, but from wherever you are, thanks to mobile betting. And getting started is easier than you think.
Setting Up A Mobile Betting Account
To place bets on sportsbooks or casinos from your mobile phone, all you need to do is open an account with a recommended bookmaker. You can do this online or directly through one of the many betting apps for Android or Apple devices, with most big name bookies like Paddy Power and Ladbrokes now offering mobile apps. If you already have an account set up online, you just need to download the relevant application onto your mobile device and log in as normal.
Setting up a betting account is easy and just involves filling out a form with your personal details. You may also be asked to upload some ID as part of the verification process. As soon as you have done this, you can fund your account, either direct from a card or bank account, or from a third party payment provider such as PayPal.
Wagering On The Go
Once you have downloaded the app and logged in, you will be able to place a bet or play a game in just a few seconds. All the top betting sites offer fully-featured apps, meaning you get almost the same range of markets and services that you would get on their main websites. So whether you want to bet on an upcoming event, play a hand of poker or wager in-play, you are covered. Some bookies even allow you to wager via text message.
Most betting websites give access to all their suites form one account. So if you open a sportsbook account, you can switch to the casino, poker room or video slots without registering again. You can even play bingo games on the go.
What Next For Mobile Gaming?
For an industry that has hardly changed for decades, the gambling industry is now one of the most dynamic – reacting to fast changes in technology and lifestyle habits. It is expected that casino games will merge with more traditional video games to provide a cross over experience. This trend, known as gamification has been predicted for a while and is expected to enter other areas of life too. So, more social integration of the gaming industry can be expected.