Do Android gambling use location authentication?

Discussion in 'General Android Gambling Discussion' started by Toby82, May 9, 2012.

  1. Toby82

    Toby82 New Member

    I know many of the poker and sports betting apps for the iPhone use some kind of GPS system to validate the phones location before the app will be activated. Do Android gambling apps have a similar location authentication feature that restrict the use of apps to certain countries or can they be used anywhere?
  2. Simon

    Simon New Member

    No, I not aware of any Android wagering apps that uses GPS or geo location to restrict their use to certain region. I've used the Paddy Power and Bwin apps in about half a dozen countries over the past year and I've never had a problem.
  3. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    If some legit United States sportsbooks like Leroys want to be granted a mobile betting license, will Google not have to introduce GPS restrictions on particular apps.
  4. Jessica

    Jessica New Member

    Why would Leroy's even care? Why don't they just roll out their app just like Bovada, Betonline or JustBet have?
  5. Jake

    Jake New Member

    The difference between Leroy's and Betonline or JustBet is that Leroy's is based in the United States so they have to abide by U.S. laws. The other mobile sportsbooks are based off shore so they can offer their mobile betting services wherever they like. They're not bound by the same restrictions that Leroy's are.
  6. George Winston

    George Winston New Member

    That's a fair point. I think if any of the legitimate U.S. based bookmakers want to release an Android app, they'll first need to introduce some kind of location authentication feature to prevent the sports betting apps being used in States where mobile gambling isn't legal, otherwise the bookmaker may find themselves in problems with the FEDS.
  7. Toby82

    Toby82 New Member

    Why bother developing a native betting apk app when the web versions are just as good. I can't tell the difference between the Bet365 or William Hill web apps and the versions you download from either Google Play or the iTunes App Store.
  8. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    I agree that continually having to update the native apps is a pain in the ass. I seem to continually have 50+ apps that need to be updated at any time. I usually do it overnight because it takes so long.
  9. Red Rum

    Red Rum Member

    can i use a vpn or proxy to hide the location of my phone if i want to play poker or casino games in the united states?
  10. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    No, using a proxy or a VPN will only hide the IP address that you are using. Unfortunately, gambling apps use GPS to pinpoint where you are in the world and there is no easy way to stop this.

    You can play at online poker rooms like PokerStars or Full Tilt using a VPN but players have been kicked off and they funds confiscated for doing so.
  11. Alex

    Alex Member

    If I want to use the DraftKings app in New York, what's going to stop me?
  12. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    You will need to deposit funds into your account if you want to gamble and since your credit card was probably issued by a bank in New York, you will not be able to.

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