Hand-held versions of the desktop clients existed, but they were severely lacking in several departments, most notably, game selection.
Fast-forward three-and-a-half years and mobile is an indispensable part of the industry, having played a significant role in the industry’s explosive growth in 2016, when NJ online casino revenue grew by nearly 32 percent.
Today’s NJ online casino apps are miles better than those of yesteryear, but some operators have made bigger strides than others.
Here’s a look at some of the best.
#1 – Golden Nugget Casino
There’s more than a few reasons why Golden Nugget Casino receives acknowledgement for having the best mobile casino app.
First and foremost, there isn’t a single operator that has transitioned as many games to mobile as Golden Nugget. At present, the app (available for both Android and iOS powered devices) features 214 games, including 187 slots, 10 table games, and 12 video poker titles. Eight exclusives have made the jaunt to mobile.
For perspective, Golden Nugget boasts more games on mobile than just over half the competition does on their main sites.
But the operator’s excellence on the mobile front extends beyond its game library. The app features a wide array of account management features, and an overall design that mimics its stellar desktop counterpart, without ever feeling too cramped. All this in a sleek 5.1 megabyte package on Android (10.3 mgs on iOS).
Upon logging in, players are greeted to a pop-up that displays their balance, the site’s promotions, and a listing of featured games. For players looking for more options, a conveniently located menu grants access to the app’s cashier, promo and rewards tabs, and a full help section.
As far as the games, they generally run without so much as a hiccup. This includes the app’s new games, which lately, are being added at the same time as they are on the main site — something of a rarity in the market.
The app isn’t perfect: Live Dealer games aren’t available on tablets (just smartphones at the moment), and the only digital table games available are blackjack and roulette variants. In the grand scheme of things, these are minor qualms.
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#2 – Caesars Casino
Caesars Casino has been adding new games to its mobile app with an almost reckless abandon.
Although the operator’s main site features far fewer games than Golden Nugget Casino, the divide on mobile is much tighter.
At present, Caesars Casino’s mobile app — available on iOS version 7.0 and up and Android — supports 177 slot titles. three blackjack games, and roulette. Its video poker library is also quite impressive, with 12 total titles, four of which are popular and high return Game King variants.
A bevy of account management features are just a tap away. Like they can on Golden Nugget, players can access their cashier, promotions, and settings. They also can read up on the site’s integration with Total Rewards. Game search functionality is also available, as is game filtering.
Players can even access the app’s Live Chat feature, all at the tap of a single icon from the home page.
Another nice touch is that all the games are available in Demo Mode — players won’t even have to create an account to play. This try before you buy mentality was a shrewd move on Caesars’ part, we just wish the operator was more transparent with its games’ returns and volatility ratings, like Golden Nugget Casino is.
But all told, this is a strong app and a virtual clone of Golden Nugget’s offering — which makes sense considering that both of them fall under the NYX Gaming umbrella. It’s just that Golden Nugget does a few things a shade better.
#3 – Virgin Casino
Admittedly, it was difficult to rationalize placing an app with only 80 games on our list, but Virgin Casino deserves the honor.
One justification is that the main site’s game library is on the smaller side (163 games at the time of this writing), meaning that Virgin ported over approximately half of its library — an impressive feat.
Perhaps most notable, the app more closely resembles the look and feel of its desktop counterpart than any we tested, enabling players to make a near seamless transition between the two.
Not only that, but the app runs without so much as a hitch. Game loading times are minimal, and response times were on the quicker side relative to other apps.
Virgin packs a ton of account management and quality-of-life features into its menu, and divides them into digestible portions.
Players can gain access to a fully embedded cashier from the app, as well as their gaming history and account details. Information regarding community jackpots, promotions (of which there are usually many), and loyalty points are also available.
No app is perfect. Virgin Casino is on the larger side (42.8 mgs on iOS, 21.7 mgs on Android), and the only table games available are one version each of blackjack and roulette. However, the overall quality of the content makes up the lack of diversity — at least somewhat.