Ever since smartphones emerged, we’ve been downloading a variety of apps for productivity, mental health, communication — as well as entertainment. Today, it’s fair to say that mobile games alone make up a huge chunk of what many of us do on our devices.
To that point, Statista reports that the smartphone is already outpacing PCs and consoles, taking over the gaming industry with 57% of total revenue. Millions of people worldwide now play everything from casual and educational games to MMORPG and MOBA titles. Alongside these commonly discussed categories though, arcade and casino games also make up a high volume of activity.
With real casinos closed or operating at limited capacity due to COVID, more people than ever now play their favorite casino games in mobile form. Countless exciting and innovative versions of these classic games attract regular casino-goers and new players alike.
If you’re wondering which games in the category are really worth trying, here are some of the best to play this year.
1. Best general casino app: Betway Casino
If you’re the kind of person who likes all your casino games in one place, you’ll like Betway Casino. The app provides a well-rounded casino experience, with offerings ranging from blackjack and roulette to slots, and even video poker. It was developed by Malta-based Betway Limited, which is approved by regulatory bodies like eCOGRA. This gives players confidence that they’ll be able to enjoy a safe and fun gaming experience.
2. Best blackjack app: Ultimate Blackjack 3D Reloaded
There are also apps for players who are only interested in a particular casino game at a time. Blackjack is one of the most popular ones out there, and Ultimate Blackjack 3D Reloaded brings the digital version to life with smooth animations and a variety of features. Those looking to hone their skills in the card game can use the app to get their own in-game statistics and even ELO ratings –– which Purple Theory defines as a way of calculating the relative skill levels of players in zero-sum two-player games. There’s also an in-app multiplayer option that makes it easy to test your skills against other users.
3. Best Texas Hold’em app: Governor of Poker 3
If you like poker and (like many) prefer the popular Texas Hold’em variant, look no further than the story-based and action-packed Governor of Poker series. Here, you have to play your way through Texas to convince the governor — who just made poker illegal, as a game of chance — that poker is in fact a game of skill. Already on its third iteration, the Governor of Poker series also comes with robust tutorials for beginners. As a fun touch, you also get the opportunity to upgrade the towns you visit as you travel through the state.
4. Best slots app: Gala Spins
This app boasts an award-winning selection of games all revolving around one of the most iconic casino games of all time: slots. The app reinvents the one-armed bandit with themed games like Luck O’ The Irish Gold Spins, Big Banker Slot, and Reel Spooky King. Gala Spins also uses sophisticated random number generator (or RNG) software, which creates countless random sequences per millisecond to ensure truly fair play for all its users.
5. Best roulette app: European Roulette Gold
If roulette is your game, you can go for a hyper-realistic digital experience with European Roulette Gold. This app was developed by British company Microgaming, one of the world’s largest suppliers of online gaming software. And with European Roulette Gold, the company delivers yet again with impressive graphics, atmospheric music, and an intuitive user interface that will make you feel like you’re actually at a traditional European casino — even if you’re just sitting in your living room.
These are just five of the best casino apps you can find on Google Play right now, and they’re all from American and European developers. But even these represent only a sampling. There are additional apps of similar quality, in some cases from the same developers –– as well as a growing number of mobile options coming out of China and other emerging development hubs.
In short, if you’re looking for some fun mobile casino content, you have no shortage of options!