Mobile casinos are flourishing and their popularity soaring, due to the fact that the use of mobile devices of all kinds has increased dramatically and, more significantly, because the gaming experience available now has evolved beyond recognition. Most of the sites that we list have an increased and growing number of mobile pokies on offer, in response to the desire of more and more players to be able to play on the go and on any device, and also the fact that growing numbers of people now use their smartphones and tablets as their primary means of gaming online.
Below is a table featuring our recommended casino mobile sites where you can play pokies and other games wherever you are:
With so many great NZ mobile casinos out there, it’s hard to decide which is the best, but here are some of our current favourites:
In order to rate and review a mobile site, we look at the quantity of the games on offer, how well they play on hand-held devices, and the ease of opening and operating an account.
We rate most favourably those casinos who operate as “mobile first” sites, and who give players the most choice and the largest number of games to choose from. We also take into account the names behind the games and the ability of these producers to create mobile-optimised versions of their pokies that look and sound good on the smaller screens of smartphones and tablets. In addition, we also assess a site’s functionality and how easy it is to navigate, as these are important qualities when you play on the move.
Our reviews also make it clear which operating systems work best at which sites, as well as how straightforward it is to open an account from your smartphone or tablet, and then how simple it is sync your account across platforms so that you can play on any device using one set of log in details. We also make clear the payment methods that are accepted and whether you can operate your mobile casino account in NZD$.
Not that long ago, downloading an app was the best way to get the most out of your casino mobile gaming experience, although that situation has changed quite significantly. More operators have now become “mobile first” or “omni channel”, which means they offer their games primarily in web-based versions (without the need to download a software client); the effect of this has been to increase the range and improve the quality of the games that can now be played directly via the browser of any device in a mobile casino. Therefore, there are no hard and fast rules as to which method — app or mobile — offers players the most.
Casino apps, which are usually available directly from the desktop site or via third-party suppliers, are very convenient in that one tap will take you to your account and to the games. The drawback is that you’re restricted to playing on devices where you have installed the app, which does limit their accessibility. You will also usually find that an app version of a site will have a significantly reduced number of games in comparison with the desktop version.
Playing in a web-based mobile casino, on the other hand, means you can use your log in details to play on any device and anywhere, without even the need for an internet connection. Most of our listed sites can be accessed on hand-held devices by prefixing the main URL with m. or i., although you will also usually get there using the primary URL. Aside from portability and accessibility, the advantage of playing at a web-based mobile casino is that growing numbers of them now offer almost identical ranges and numbers of games as are available at their desktop sites — and in one or two cases, even more.
It’s now the case that most games are created with small screen adaptability front and centre, and this has meant dramatic improvements in the overall quality of the mobile gaming experience. New releases are now available in mobile-optimised and desktop versions simultaneously (this didn’t always happen previously), so unless you have a real passion to play the very earliest online pokies and casino games, today you can play just about every kind of game on a smartphone or tablet.
Mobile pokies are unsurprisingly the game of choice for most New Zealand players, and these adapt especially well to the smaller screens of smartphones and tablets. The rotating reels look good and run smoothly, while the increasingly complex graphics of modern pokies are well-suited to today’s mobile devices. Progressive jackpot slots are also available in most of the mobile casinos we recommend, and in fact some of the biggest jackpot wins in recent times have been by players using their phones.
However, it’s not just pokies that you can play at our listed casino mobile sites. Table games also adapt extremely well to smaller screens, and so you can play blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat on the go in high-quality, optimised versions on virtually any sot of device. Likewise, more operators are now offering live dealer games via their mobile casino sites as well, including games like immersive roulette with its wide array of camera angles and increased interactivity.
Most contemporary operating systems support mobile slot games, and as long as you have a reasonable amount of memory available (i.e., not all your available space has been consumed by photos and music), you should have no problems in being able to access games that function in a smooth and stable way. Modern mobile games are designed so that they automatically detect the size of the screen you’re playing on and re-size accordingly, without any deterioration in the quality of the gameplay, graphics or sound effects.
Android and iOS users have the greatest choice open to them, as many of our listed sites produce free casino apps that can be downloaded directly from the operator or, in the case of iOS, from iTunes as well. Alternatively, users of these operating systems can access games in browser-based versions on smartphones and tablets by prefixing the site’s URL with m. or i., although just using the regular URL will also give you re-directed access.
Windows and Blackberry users tend to have a more limited choice, as there are few casino apps available for these operating systems, but they still have plenty of options for playing at browser-based mobile casino sites.
At some of the sites listed here, you can access the mobile casino by scanning a QR code, or requesting that a link be sent to you via SMS or email.
Mobile gaming is becoming an increasingly important sector of the market, and it’s expected that the number of people using hand-held devices for their gaming will soon exceed laptop and PC users. This has naturally meant that the quality and quantity of the games operators offer have increased too, and so the mobile casino experience now is infinitely superior to what it was just a few short years ago. The sites that we list all offer New Zealand players a first-class gaming experience, and we recommend checking out our favourites to see for yourself how smartphone and tablet games have evolved.
Last updated January 8, 2018