When we consider the world of mobile gaming, we tend to ignore casinos. Indeed, the average list of the best mobile game offerings at any given point typically leaves the casino genre entirely out of the equation. Case in point, an updated list from Pocket Tactics recently revolved around a combination of trendy RPG and survival games (like Raid: Shadow Legends and Hero Wars), and popular staples (like Monument Valley, Pokémon Go, and Alto’s Odyssey). Nowhere on the list can you find a casino game.
One might assume this is simply because mobile casino games aren’t as popular as these titles. The numbers would suggest, however, that this is not the case. According to surveys at YouGov in 2021 in fact, the “casino/card games” category ranks as the second most popular genre for mobile games in the U.S. (behind “puzzle/breakout games”). One in nine Americans (about 11%) claimed that they had played a casino mobile game in the month leading up to the survey.
Despite this clear indication of the genre’s popularity though, the games are seldom mentioned alongside other mobile hits. So in this piece we thought we’d highlight some of the best casino gaming apps out there in 2022.
If you (like so many casino gamers) favor slot machines, you need look no further than Gambino Slots. Developed by Spiral Interactive, this game prides itself on presenting a “true Vegas atmosphere” and many of the most popular, up-to-date slots and jackpots in circulation. It’s a free-to-play game (without actual cash winnings), and starts new players off with 200 free spins and 100,000 free coins to play with. Thereafter, more coins can be won or earned at various intervals as you play. Gambino Slots also sets itself apart with a sort of in-game social network, allowing players to connect with one another, discuss games, share big wins, etc.
If you like the idea of a slots app, but you’d like additional casino games –– and you want real gambling, provided it’s legal in your area –– then this is an excellent option. Based on Gala Casino online, the app contains a slot collection that easily rivals that of Gambino Slots. However, it also provides table games (like blackjack and roulette), random jackpots, and even slingo –– a game that mixes slot gameplay with bingo outcomes. Altogether, it’s about as robust and professional a casino app as you’ll find.
Blackjack 21: Blackjackist
As you’re likely aware, there are a lot of blackjack mobile games out there. And frankly, we’d encourage you to try a few and figure out which one appeals to you most! But as far as we’re concerned, the (admittedly awkwardly titled) Blackjack 21: Blackjackist game is the best of the bunch. The blackjack is presented in clear, engaging fashion, with 3D graphics and sharp animation. And when you’re done at the blackjack tables, you can enjoy a fairly comprehensive casino environment surrounding them –– playing slots, roulette, baccarat, craps, and multiple types of poker as you like. Throw in social features (you can chat and play games with friends), and this is actually one of the best total, free-play casino apps out there.
If your casino interest revolves largely around poker, we’d direct you to WSOP –– arguably the best free-play poker app out there. As the name implies, it’s based on the World Series of Poker, which is to say the primary focus is on Texas Hold’em played out through tournaments (though you can play sit-and-go games as well). Gameplay mechanics are very smooth, there are no distracting player avatars or cartoon surroundings, and the game itself takes center stage. Additionally, players enjoy an excellent sense of competition and progression, largely based on collectibles. As a write-up in Level Skip explain, you can earn rings for winning tournaments, get trophies from your “circuit points,” and ultimately collect bracelets as ultimate symbols of frequent and successful play.
As much as WSOP stands out as an excellent free-play app, there are some notable alternatives for those who want (and are able) to play poker for real money. Chief among these alternatives is GGPoker, the mobile version of a thoroughly established and well-respected online poker platform. The app offers sit-and-go cash games, regular tournaments, and even a “poker school” for those who want to learn how to play more effectively. And while it’s primarily looked at as a “real” poker app, GGPoker does also offer free play. It might prove to be your favorite poker app even if you aren’t putting cash on the line.
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