Why are there no gambling apps in Google Play / Android Market?

Discussion in 'General Android Gambling Discussion' started by Alex, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Alex

    Alex Member

    I've recently purchased a HTC Evo and I've managed to get a few casino apps installed on it. Unfortunately none of them allow real money blacjack, roulette or poker games. I noticed this morning that none of the big bookmakers like William Hill or Bet365 are listed in the Android Market/Google Play either.

    What's going on? Is there something I need to do inorder to access real money gambling app on my Droid?
  2. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    Hi Alex

    Unfortunately Google no longer allow gambling apps of any description in Google Play. Here is what they have to say in their content policy "Gambling: We don’t allow content or services that facilitate online gambling, including but not limited to, online casinos, sports betting and lotteries."

    As well as gambling apps, the following types of apps are also prohibited from appearing in Google Play - Sexually Explicit Material, Violence and Bullying, Hate Speech, Impersonation or Deceptive Behavior, Personal and Confidential Information, Intellectual Property, Illegal Activities and Malicious Products.

    I don't think there can be any argument against including many of the apps listed above but I think it is a little unfair to lump gambling apps along with bullying or hate speech apps.





    United States citizens
    can now sign up at Bovada to use their sports betting, poker and casino apps on any mobile device, including the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy (Android), Nokia Lumia (Windows Phone) or BlackBerry.

    Their Texas Hold'em app allows USA poker players play for real money on their smartphone for the first time. A variety of mobile blackjack, slots, roulette and other casino tables games are also available at Carbon.

    Their bookmaker app also features a horse racing section which you can wager on every horse race, from every racecourse in the United States.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2016
  3. Alex

    Alex Member

    Thanks for the info Jamie. That's a real shame:confused: Do this mean I will only be able to use web apps on my Android? As restrictive as the iPhone was I was able to download the Paddy Power and Bwin apps from the App Store. I though Androids were supposed be to far more open.
    Last edited: May 2, 2012
  4. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    Hi Alex

    Yes, you can still download and install poker, casino and sports betting apps to your Android, you just can't download them from Google Play (Android Market). Instead you will need to download directly from the online betting companies website. If you visit the mobile sections of their website, you should be able to find a link to the apk file you need to download and install.

    For instance, if you want to install the Bwin Android poker app, just browse to wap.bwin.com/androidpoker from your phones browser and then select the big yellow "Download" button.

  5. Alex

    Alex Member

    Thanks Jamie. It's good to know I can download these apps directly from various websites but it would be much more convenient if I could just download the apps from Google Play. Since I can download the Paddy Power and Bwin apps from the App Store to my iPad, I don't see why I can't do the same to my Android phone. Lots of people give out about Apple being very restrictive but in this instance they seem to have a more open policy than Google.
  6. Donald

    Donald Member

    I think gambling companies much prefer Google's open policy regarding apps than Apple's walled garden policy of not allowing other iOS app stores. Sure it's great that all apps are located in one app store if you own an Apple product but the problem for many gambling companies is that it takes about 5 days for Apple to approve an updated app before it can added to the app store. If I have a sports betting, bingo or poker app and I find that there is a security problem with that app, I want to be able to update it straight away. I can't sit around and wait for 5 days. Otherwise I may have to disable mobile gambling for a few days and lose a lot of money.

    With android, mobile gambling companies host apps on their own websites so they can patch any security problems immediately and make the update apps available for download straightaway. From a security perspective this must be a huge advantage when real money is at stake. We're not talking about some silly fart apps here.
  7. Luck

    Luck New Member

    The Android platforms is a much more attractive prospect for real wagering gaming developers. Sure it would be nice to be able to download gambling apps from Google Play but I think most Android owners who like to play poker, blackjack, slots, bingo or any other kind of casino game are familiar with how to install Non-Market apps on their phone or tablet. Once you've done it once it's simple and you can use them in any country in the world which is a massive advantage over iOS gaming apps.
  8. frankly

    frankly Member

    i don't blame google for not listing these apps to be honest. they are all free so google doesn't make any money from selling them. they could be taking on a lot of legal troubles for no additional profit.
  9. Luck

    Luck New Member

    Why don't the various mobile bookmakers, poker rooms and casinos get together and develop a database for all their various apps. Basically an app market for real money gambling apk files. In my experience some of the apps listed on Getjar can be out-of-date. It would be great to have a one-stop-shop where you know you will be able to download the latest versions of gambling apps.
  10. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    That would be useful but who would police it and decide which mobile poker rooms, casinos and bookmakers would be allowed to list their apps there? You would need to setup an independent panel to decide which companies are reputable and secure enough to deserve a listing. Otherwise you would have hundreds of dodgy mobile gambling companies submitting apps. I doubt the larger operators would want to be listed anywhere near these type of charlatans.
  11. Rosemary

    Rosemary Member

    Is there a database/websites that lists dangerous gambling apps that you can check before you download 3rd party non market apps?
  12. NBA

    NBA Member

    Good idea Rosemary but I don't think there is. Your best bet is probably to Google the name of the casino, poker room, sportsbook along with keywords like "scam" or "virus" and see what comes up.
  13. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    Does anyone know how Google Glass will operate? Will we be restricted to Google Play apps or will we be able to install from third party sites like Getjar? I am a little nervous that Google may restrict gambling apps from Google Glass so it will be important to be able to download them directly from sportsbooks, poker rooms and online casinos.
  14. Toby82

    Toby82 New Member

  15. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    Twitter have pulled their app from the Google Glass app store, which doesn't bode well for the wearable device. Twitter was one of the most used app for Google Glass so we'll just have to wait and see will other big names like Facebook also decide to stop developing software for the wearable glasses.
  16. Poker Newbie

    Poker Newbie New Member

    Google have said that they are redesigning Google Glass from scratch so it looks like we won't be seeing it again for a couple of years. This is bad news for all the developers who forked out thousands on the hardware and development software. It will be interesting to see whether Apple will be more successful with their wearable Apple Watch.
  17. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    I think adding a camera to Google Glass meant that it was doomed from the beginning. If there will actually be another version, I think they will have to remove the camera if they want it to have a wide appeal like Apple Watch.
  18. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    Google appear to be softening their stance on real money gambling apps in their Google Play App Store. As we reported here, Google Play quietly approved the Android apps from DraftKings and FanDuel. US sports bettors can now legally wager on the NFL, PGA, NBA and more through these fantasy sports betting contests.
  19. Luck

    Luck New Member

    If Google allow these fantasy competition apps in Google Play then why can't I download lottery apps if they're also legal in my state?
  20. Sebastian

    Sebastian Administrator Staff Member

    American law is pretty crazy when it comes to gambling. For some reason sites like FanDuel that offer fantasy sports picks are considered to be games of skill and therefore do not fall under US gambling legislation. Lotteries on the other hand are legally considered to be gambling which is why there are no lottery apps in Google Play.

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