Common Questions About Mobile Casinos in Ireland
Are Mobile Casinos Legal In Ireland?
They sure are! The Betting (Amendment) Act 2015 updated decades old laws allowing gambling in Ireland and set in place regulatory frameworks that allow online casinos to operate freely in the Emerald Isle as long as they possess a license issued by the Irish Government, and this includes mobile casinos.
Beyond establishing an easy-to-understand system of regulation for remote casinos, the Betting Act 2015 also addressed a major national concern related to online gaming and repealed a confusing and disliked portion of previous laws. The Act increased protections against underage gambling in Ireland by making it illegal to create an account for an underage user.
It also repealed a previous ban on casino advertising when it comes to the area of betting on football. This portion of the law was particularly welcomed by bookmakers who had struggled with exactly what was and was not prohibited under the previous laws. Thanks to The Act, online casinos and their mobile counterparts can fully function without fear of violation.
Are Mobile Online Casinos Popular in Ireland?
A 2013 census showed the population of Ireland to be 4.59 million, while the number of mobile phone subscriptions in topped 5.6 million that same year. Obviously, that second number is bigger than the first, meaning there were and are more active mobile phones in Ireland than there are people (the percentage of phones to people is 122%, to be exact).
With mobile phones being so prevalent in the Emerald Isle, it is no surprise that online casinos would see Ireland as a fertile ground for their mobile casino offerings. Not only is mobile phone ownership incredibly high in Ireland, the rate of mobile phone usage in the nation is near the top of the charts compared to the rest of the globe.
In fact, a 2015 study found that the Irish are the biggest users of mobile internet in the western world, with a third of all web access in the country coming from smart phone users. That figure puts Ireland almost a third higher than the average for the rest of Europe, and trails only Asian and African nations in terms of the percentage of handset internet access.
As mobile internet usage has increased in the Emerald Isle in recent years, the use of personal computers to do the same has decline over 20 percent. These trends fit in line with the traditional view of Irish people as more social than the rest of the world. Sure they are as engrossed in internet culture as everyone else, but the desire to also interact in the real world makes mobile phones a perfect way to experience the best of both worlds.
Taken all together, it should come as no surprise that Ireland has been one of the leading real-money mobile gaming markets since day one. Global metrics suggest that over 50% of gamblers play from their mobile devices, and in Ireland that number is almost certainly higher.
What are the Most Popular Irish Mobile Networks?
Users wishing to play at a mobile casino while away from a wireless internet source will need a fast and reliable mobile network connection. In Ireland, there are three different mobile telecommunications providers they can choose from:
- Vodafone Ireland
- Three Ireland
In terms of service, all three carriers supply at least 3G coverage to the vast majority of the country, but Vodafone’s 4G coverage clearly outpaces the competition both indoors and out. However, Meteor and Three are quickly increasing their 4G coverage areas, and players in even moderately populated parts of Ireland will not have to worry about the quality of their cellular service while playing at a mobile casino.
What Mobile Casinos are Based in Ireland?
When one thinks of Irish online casinos, Paddy Power is the first thing that pops to mind. Since its formation in 1988, the Dublin-based company has become one of the most recognized gaming entities on the planet. The company is best known for featuring one of the most extensive and wide-ranging sportsbooks on the planet.
Paddy Power Sports is where a variety of markets can be found for sporting events, politics, entertainment, popular culture, and even events such as humanity making first contact with extraterrestrials. While occasionally the company can get a bit too cheeky for their own good when it comes to these markets as well as their adverts, by and large the company has established a reputation for being fun and lighthearted without sacrificing gaming professionalism.
What Mobile Casino Payment Options are Offered in Ireland?
Thankfully, Irish players have access to all major deposit and withdrawal methods. These include traditional methods like credit cards backed by major companies as well as modern money transfer innovations known as eWallets. Here are just some examples of payment methods that Irish mobile casino users can utilize:
- Credit Cards | If users possess a credit card issued by Visa or Mastercard, they will be set at any and all reputable online casinos.
- Skrill | One of the oldest and most well-established eWallets, Skrill was originally known as Moneybookers upon their founding in 2001. The London-based company has grown continually in the past 15 years, and now processes hundreds of millions of payments every year.
- Neteller | Neteller has been around even longer than Skrill, beating them to the market by two years. The company was founded in Canada and moved to the Isle of Man five years later. In 2015 the company, along with Skrill, was acquired by the UK-based Paysafe Group.
- Paysafecard | As the name implies, this is another product from the same Paysafe Group that owns Neteller and Skrill. The paysafecard is different in that it is only available as a prepaid card that can then be used to pay for things online.
- WebMoney | The oldest product on this list, WebMoney launched in 1998, originally focusing on the Russian market. Since then the company has become globally focused. The service is very versatile, allowing users to add funds through bank transfers, debit and credit cards, prepaid cards, money transfer systems, exchange offices, converting from other electronic currencies, and more. Withdrawing funds can be done with bank cards, virtual cards, wire transfers, conversion to another electronic currency, or at an exchange office.
Which Mobile Casinos Accept Irish Players?
Ireland is one of the biggest, healthiest mobile markets on the planet, so it should come as no surprise that the top mobile casinos have all taken a seat at the Irish table. It is rare to find an online casino that does NOT accept players from Ireland, which is a testament to both the country’s laws as well as the passion of Irish players for their mobile devices and mobile casinos. Some of the planet’s best mobile casinos serve Irish players, including:
Which Irish Mobile Casinos have Dedicated Apps?
Mobile casinos can be run on mobile browsers or through dedicated mobile applications. The industry is trending towards browser play, but many casinos still see the value in creating mobile casino applications. Below is a partial list of app-based casinos and the platforms they run on.
|Casino||Android App?||iOS App?|
|Paddy Power||Yes||Live Casino Only|