Mobile Blackjack Casinos

It won’t be long before smartphones and tablets are the main devices for accessing the internet and enjoying the games offered online. Blackjack is already available on many different platforms and ranges from full casinos through to social games. This page outlines all the different options available for players who would like to play mobile blackjack, and are not yet sure where to start.

First up, you will find an overview of the different kinds of blackjack games available on mobile devices. After that, the main categories of mobiles and tablets are covered – along with links to pages which give you plenty more detail for each one.

What Kinds Of Blackjack Games Can I Find On Mobile Devices?

Blackjack games have evolved considerably since the original single deck players against dealer games. You can now find many cool variations on the ‘21’ theme, in addition to the standard US or European rules games, on just about every mobile device out there.

One of the shortcomings of blackjack is that the wins are small and incremental – rather than having big windfall payouts like slots and roulette. To make up for this, many blackjack variants include side-bets like Perfect Pairs or ‘Lucky 7’s’ which give you the chance of a bigger win, or even progressive jackpots linked between several casinos. Other variants switch up the rules, giving you extra surrender options, or even two hands where you can swap the top cards.

You will also find multi-player blackjack games available on mobile devices. This can be ‘standard’ games with several people playing together, or even a live dealer game where you are playing with real playing cards dealt by real dealer streamed via video-link. The other kind of multi-player mobile blackjack game involves a tournament format. Here you are competing with other players to have the biggest chip-stack after a certain number of hands, which gets you through to the next round for the chance of winning big money.

Mobile Blackjack – iPhone and iPad Blackjack Games

Apple pioneered modern mobile technology, and rightly enjoy the best choice of apps. You’ll find a huge choice of blackjack games for both iPhone and iPads, ranging from full casinos with several blackjack variants included – to stand-alone apps which are aimed at the social-media loving youth who enjoy competing and sharing results just for fun.

You can find out more on the choices available for Apple users in this article covering blackjack for iPad and iPhone.

Mobile Blackjack – Android Devices

Android now has the biggest share of the mobile operating systems worldwide. This comes loaded on generic tablets, as well as the higher end ones from Samsung and Sony. You’ll find that 4 out of every 5 new smartphones worldwide are powered by Android. It follows that the casinos should make sure they are available to players with these devices. You’ll find all of the major casino software houses now have blackjack games available for Android mobile devices. Most have apps which you can install, though others rely on the in-browser Flash technology which has improved dramatically in recent years.

Before you play a single hand of blackjack on your Android device, make sure you check out our guide to playing blackjack on Android devices first.

Mobile Blackjack – Other Mobile Systems

While Apple and Android command most of the market in mobile operating systems, they are not the only players out there. The next 2 in terms of size only have a small percent of the overall market, however this still works out to be millions of users. Windows Mobile and Blackberry users do have access to a range of blackjack games. These include the social casino apps as well as the opportunity to play for real money. As the absolute number of people using these devices increases over the next few years – we could well see even more operators make the jump to supporting these mobile systems.

We have separate articles which cover each of these mobile systems. Here is a detailed look at blackjack for Windows Mobile and this one covers Blackberry blackjack games.

Pros And Cons of Playing Blackjack on Your Smartphone or Tablet

Playing on any particular device has its advantages and disadvantages, and mobile blackjack is no exception. The key thing to check out is whether the game has been adjusted properly for the smaller screen sizes. This is not just clear cards, text and chips that you can see – the main thing is that the buttons are the right size. This is especially important when you are playing in a real money mobile blackjack game – fiddly button sizes could lead to clicking mistakes which could directly affect your bottom line. Fortunately, most casinos have already considered this and built it into their games. You will still have to be careful with some of the in-browser (flash or HTML5) mobile games out there.

Stable internet is another key factor to consider for mobile blackjack. Some play money and fun apps can be played offline – synching when you do have internet access. For real money games this is not possible, so you’ll need to ensure that you stay somewhere you have strong coverage when real money is on the line. If you prefer the live-dealer games then I recommend you stick to a solid wifi connection and do not rely on 3G – you do not want to find yourself disconnected seconds before you find out if you won a hand.