Why can't I find any sports betting apps in the iTunes App Store?

Discussion in 'Mobile Sports Betting' started by Stapleton, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Stapleton

    Stapleton New Member

    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I got my first iPhone yesterday and I've been trying to find betting apps in the Apple App Store without any luck. Is there a setting I need to change in order to access apps of an adult nature?
  2. Ger Regan

    Ger Regan New Member

    Hi Stapleton

    Where are you based? If you are in the United Kingdom or Ireland for example, there are a variety of different sports betting apps such as Paddy Power and Betfair available to download from the iTunes App Store.

  3. Stapleton

    Stapleton New Member

    If you live in the United States and you want to wager from your iPhone, Droid or Windows Phone, we would recommend you give the Bovada sportsbook app a try Bovada.

    Bovada was known as Bodog in the U.S. until they split their operation into 2 separate entities, Bodog in Canada and Bovada in the US. The app is installed though your phones browser regardless of whether you are using an iPhone, Nokia Lumia, BlackBerry or Samsung Galaxy handset. We've reviewed the app in detail in this section.

    The Bovasa US sports betting app looks pretty slick and offers lines on just about any NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB game.


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  4. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    The only Sportsbook available from the App Store in the U.S. is the Leroy's sports betting app but it is only available to citizens of Nevada. The app was given the green light by the Nevada Gaming Control Board last October which open the door for Apple to approve the first iOS sportsbook app in the United States.

    Leroy's are working to extend their license to other States so the app may become available in other parts of the U.S. at a later date. In the interim there are a couple of other web apps available to U.S. players listed here - United States Sportsbooks

    We'll do out best to keep you up-to-date on the latest changes so please check back regularly.

  5. Stapleton

    Stapleton New Member

    Thanks for the advice Sebastian. I tried out both the BetOnline and JustBet apps. Both worked well although I find it a bit annoying that the Justbet didn't automatically redirect to their mobile site when I browsed to their site. BetOnline for the iphone seems to be more of an optimized website rather than a snazzy app but it does get the job done.

    I'm still looking for a killer U.S. iPhone sportsbook app but I guess these will do for now.
  6. Hold'em Lover

    Hold'em Lover New Member

  7. Becky

    Becky New Member

    Now that online casinos can offer web based applications that are every bit as good as App Store games, the U.S. government has 2 choices.

    1. Refuse to regulate mobile casinos and collect no taxes or revenue from offshore casinos who will no doubt begin to offer U.S. citizens blackjack, slots and roulette apps on smartphones
    2. Start treating casino gamers from the United States like grown-ups, regulate the market and make hundreds of millions every year in taxes

    It's their choice!!
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  8. pesky

    pesky New Member

    To be honest I have always found iTunes bookmaker apps to be far buggier than their web app equivalents. For instance I've been using the Bet365 web app for the past couple of years and I can't remember ever experiencing a problem with it. A few months back they released an full native version in the iTunes app store. I downloaded it immediately expecting it to be faster and packed full of new features. Instead I got an app that kept crashing and functioned in exactly the same way as the web based version. I persevered for a few weeks but now I've none back to safari version. You don't need to keep updating it every few days either.
  9. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    Hey Pesky, yes the great thing about web apps is you are always using latest version of their mobile software so there is rarely any crashes or problems. I'm one of those people who have about 90 apps waiting to be updated but I never seem to get around to it.
  10. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    2014 has been the year of the web app. More and more online casinos, bookmakers and poker rooms are developing their apps to work from any smartphones browser without the need to install any software. We predict this trend will also continue in 2015 and 2016 for the following reasons...
    • Google have banned all real money gambling apps from their Google Play app marketplace. Downloading and installing apk files from third-party websites might be a little too complicated for some Android users so it's simply easier to offer the software as a web app.
    • Apple have so far refused to admit any sportsbook apps into the US iTunes App Store. Since the US is such a huge market, it makes sense that internet gambling sites would develop web apps to circumvent these restrictions.
    • Windows Phone is becoming more popular, particularly in developing countries. Online bookmakers will not want to have to pay to develop separate native betting apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone so it makes financial sense to just develop one app that will work on ANY type of internet-enabled device.
    • Phones have become more powerful and network speed have dramatically increased with the arrival of 4G. This means there is no longer any type of lag when using a web based applications.
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  11. Barkley

    Barkley New Member

    Does anyone know if Apple will allows real-money gambling apps in the Apple Watch App Store? It will be interesting to see if online casinos or bookmakers will be able to develop software to take advantage of wearable devices like the Samsung Galaxy Gear or Apple Watch.
  12. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, a number of bookmaker apps for the Apple Watch have already hit the market. Including one from William Hill and another from Coral. Both offer Apple Watch wearers the ability to check odds, get live scores and place bets from the iWatch. UK sportsbooks appear to be taking the lead when it comes to smartphone gambling apps.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2017
  13. Tassie

    Tassie New Member

    How do I browse through the various Apple Watch apps? Is there a separate Apple Watch App Store on iTunes that I can view using my iPhone?
  14. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    There is an Apple Watch app you can install on your iPhone where you can browse and install Apple Watch apps. Right now William Hill, Ladbrokes Australia, Coral UK and Unibet all offer software for the Apple smartwatch.
  15. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    It's worth noting that America sports bettors can download both the DraftKings and FanDuel apps from Google Play or the US iTunes App Store. Unfortunately, these fantasy betting sites no longer accept gamblers from every state in the US.
  16. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    Over the summer both FanDuel and DraftKings launched in the United Kingdom. As a result, both app are available to download now from the UK iTunes App Store and Google Play.
  17. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

  18. Ger Regan

    Ger Regan New Member

    Now that the US Supreme country legalized sports betting in the United States, I presumed that the USA iTunes App Store would be filled with native bookie apps within a few weeks but that never happened sadly.
  19. Brian O'Mahoney

    Brian O'Mahoney New Member

    Exactly, why the hell can't i place a bet on the nfl if the supreme court has legalized sports betting.

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