With the PokerStars Casino set go live all over the globe by the end of 2014, the next logical step is to bring these new table games and online slots to the mobile realm. Recent reports suggest the PokerStars mobile casino platform will be up and running early in 2015, so let’s take a look at what to expect with this exciting new venture from the world’s most prominent online poker site.
PokerStars mobile casino games
PokerStars’ new owners, the Canada-based Amaya Gaming Group, began rolling out online blackjack and roulette games at the Spanish and Italian sites (PokerStars.es and PokerStars.it) in October 2014, having already added casino games to Full Tilt Poker at the start of the year. Now the PokerStars Casino is ready to launch all over the world, with a staggered region-by-region release set to be completed in the days of 2014.
The mobile casino site will not be far behind, with a gradual unveiling scheduled for the first half of 2015. Besides real money blackjack and online roulette games, it is expected we will see a big selection of mobile pokies alongside more classic table games like baccarat, craps, and three card poker.
It is not yet clear whether PokerStars is working on developing its own line of mobile slot machines, or if it will look to established casino software providers like Microgaming and Net Entertainment. What we do know, based on the site’s superb mobile poker platform and the quality of on-the-go pokies available at trusted iPhone casinos like Royal Vegas, is that Australian pokies players can expect a top-shelf mobile gaming experience either way.
Compatible operating systems
The new PokerStars mobile pokies casino will be accessible on most types of smartphones and tablets, and even on some older Symbian and WAP-enabled products. Compatible mobile operating systems will certainly include Google Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry, which covers popular mobile devices in the Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, Google Nexus, HTC One, and Nokia Lumia ranges.
PokerStars has traditionally offered its Australian mobile services through native non-market apps, although there are free play applications available at Google Play and the App Store. At present, however, Apple iOS users in this country cannot play real money mobile poker at PokerStars.com, so we will have to wait and see whether anything changes there with regards to the mobile casino.
It has been suggested PS could launch an instant play alternative, which would allow for browser-based mobile gaming on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. This approach would also open up the option to make a quick and easy Web app, which is described here in our dedicated article.
Deposit & withdrawal options for Australians
Mobile players at Poker Stars will enjoy the same level of real cash banking security as desktop casino players, with all deposits and withdrawals protected by advanced SSL (Secure Socket Layer) digital encryptions. Below are the most popular mobile banking methods for Australian dollars (AUD) at PokerStars online:
- Credit cards and debit cards – Visa, MasterCard
- Secure e-wallets – EntroPay, Neteller, Skrill (Moneybookers)
- Prepaid cash vouchers – Paysafecard/Ukash, Flexepin
- Online bank transfers – via online payment processors
- Traditional banking – Direct bank transfer, wire cashout, cheque