Android gambling in the UK; staying safe and having fun
Sep 30, 2014 6:32 AM –
If you’re an Android user and you’re based in the UK and you enjoy gambling – you are truly blessed for a number of reasons.
The first and perhaps biggest reason of all is that the UK has what is probably the most developed, least regulated and least-taxed gambling markets on the planet. If the online casinos and bookmakers can make it here, they’ll make it anywhere – to paraphrase a famous song; which brings us neatly onto our second reason…
Because the market is so developed and mature, it is also the most competitive market in the world on the supply side of the bookmakers’ and online casinos’ fence. And whilst the overall gambling and gaming markets in the UK continue to grow at a macro level, that growth has stagnated of late and, after all, there is only so much gambling and gaming 60 million inhabitants can do.
So the providers are responding to this in two ways:
The first way is in the big scramble for overseas markets and as some of these show encouraging signs of gradually de-regulating themselves, the big picture is one of all the big providers lining up to compete for these new opening markets. In particular, European and North American markets are beginning to show signs of becoming less tightly regulated. And part of this is driven by necessity of course; tech-savvy gamblers located in countries where the regulations are restrictive can usually find ways around their country’s gambling laws online. And at the very least – it’s easy and perfectly legal to have an account that effectively belongs to you but is in a friend or relative’s name overseas. In other words, you can’t fight the web.
The second way online casinos and bookmakers are responding, though, is far more interesting for Android users. That’s because there’s a mad scramble for the UK market – which in turn means there’s a huge amount of competition and which in turn again means we’re being offered free cash and numerous bonuses left, right and centre! Great news; but who do you go with to take advantage of these offers, and how safe and reliable are they?
Well it may sound trite advice – but go for one you’ve heard of that also has great introductory offers for new users. So for example, of you go to Skybet, the 888 Casino or the 32Red Casino you’re with big names you can trust – and which also have great offers. In the latter, for example, 32Red are currently offering a straightforward £10 free of charge to new users along with a free £32 for each £10 deposited. What makes 32Red particularly interesting is that they also run a sports book like a conventional bookmaker – so you can gamble on a football game at the same time as playing in the online casino while you’re on a bus or a train etc.!
Being an Android user of course means you can bet on whatever you like and with which bookmaker – or play in any online casino. All the major players have gambling apps for Android users to enable this – as you might imagine.
Obviously, you can do all this wherever you happen to be; you simply need is an Android Tablet device or an Android mobile phone and coverage of course; the rest is up to you. There are many websites out there which continually monitor the best offers around – but be careful as these are constantly changing as the major providers jostle for market position.
But overall – the best Android gambling apps can be rather difficult to find. This is due to the fact that Google don’t allow any gambling apps in their play store, so they have to be mobile-based or installed via a third party.
As for staying safe with your account details; you shouldn’t have any problems if you go with a reputable gambling or gaming provider.
You may read shocking media reports from time to time about mendacious people intercepting information from users using open WiFi connections in public areas such as cafes, railway stations and the like. And with examples where credit card details have been intercepted, it’s understandable that people get nervous about this. But if you’re using an online casino or sports betting app, you’ll be on with a 128-bit Secure Socket Layer. This digitally encrypts any data flowing between your Android device and the provider’s betting server. In other words – it’s then impossible for any nearby hackers to get access to any of your important personal or financial information.
This is the same web security standard used by banks and other financial institutions so your essential and private information should be safe. At the same time, it’s always worth sticking with reputable bookmakers and reputable mobile casinos only – so look for those with proven track records and bona-fide credentials.