First, you had to actually visit a casino – often driving/flying great lengths – in order to gamble. Now, as we all know, all you need to do is walk to your computer and you can engage in whatever casino activity you`d like with only a few quick clicks.
However, what happens when you`d like to gamble while commuting to work? Or, relaxing in the park? Well, soon that may not be a problem either. It sounds a bit funny perhaps, but, once again thanks to technology, the gaming/gambling experience is becoming even MORE accessible than before.
Increased innovation within the cell phone industry along with improved PDA technology has made it easier than ever to connect to the internet from your portable device wherever you find a wireless signal. As these devices become more affordable, networks improve, and the incentive for industries to enter this market increases, you can expect to see more and more opportunities for “wireless gaming” whatever your location may be.
The signs are already there. The State of Nevada recently passed a law that would make it legal to gamble using a wireless device in any part of a casino except a hotel room (believing that it`d be too difficult to prevent underage gambling if hotel room use was allowed as well). What’s more, gaming software for WAP-enabled phones already exists and once the trend catches on with more people (which, will most likely happen considering industry trends) you can expect the software not only to improve but also become more readily available, if not standard, on most handsets. The software being used in cell phones already these days (which are more and more like mini-PCs) is helping to further gambling; smart phones now accept a version of Java and even a competing language for so-called applets (BREW). The plan is ultimately that developers would use an applet (easily downloadable software) to deal a card, for example, in Blackjack, depositing the images on the customer’s cell phone and sending a request to the casino’s server for a random card.
Aside from the software and hardware which are improving, the affordability of such technology is contributing to the popularity of wireless gaming as well. Mobile internet usage is getting cheaper and cheaper with all service providers while at the same, carriers have been updating their networks to allow high-speed data access. What better way to entice consumers to use these updated networks – and thus, let the companies pay off their investment – than the possibility of gambling online from any location on their network?
Wireless gambling has seen the most success thus far in sports betting but other casino activities are beginning to make a mark as well. Soon, and the technology is already out there, it shouldn’t be too unusual to see slot machine graphics rolling on someone’s phone. Until then, keep an eye on this area of the gaming industry and as always, check the laws in your state or region before testing any of this new technology.