Windows Mobile Roulette
Apps for the Windows Phone operating system are one of the four major applications you'll find for download at mobile casinos, alongside Android apps, iOS apps, and BlackBerry apps. This is a bit of a false distinction, since the Windows Phone OS ranges between 1.5% and 1.9% of the global market of smartphones. This is still a large and growing segment of the consumer base for online gambling, with well over a million devices, but is tiny in comparison to Android phones. Still, it's a significant enough segment of the mobile gaming market that most mobile casinos offer a Windows Mobile Phone app on their websites.
People who've played roulette on Facebook through Zynga or some other gaming app have been aware for some time that free roulette is available online. What they might not know is that real money roulette is becoming a realistic option for mobile device users here in the 2010's. Not only have Facebook and Zynga (each) signed deals with major online casino companies in the latter stages of 2012, but mobile casinos are springing up which give people the opportunity to gamble at a casino site away from their Facebook friends. Players are one downloadable app away from having the full menu of casino games for cash play, including roulette.
Real Money Roulette Apps for Windows
To have this option, a player needs to find a mobile casino which accepts the type of device they use. This is easy if you own an Android phone or iPhone and only a little less common when you own a BlackBerry or Windows Phone device. Mobile casinos are distinct from online casinos, so remember to search for sites which have the necessary apps available for download.
Casino Players from the USA
If you live in the United States, then you're going to have more trouble finding a legit online casino. I'm not saying it's impossible, but people from the United Kingdom have six or seven times as many mobile casinos to choose from than casino players from the United States. This is because many casino operators and the software design companies which support them pulled out of the US market after the passage of the UIGEA anti-gambling law in 2006. This came on the heels of American authorities' case against NETELLER in 2005. Periodic trouble with the US legal system has made casino owners, affiliates, software producers, and money transfer companies leery of doing business with US customers. Some offshore companies still take American gamblers, but US players have to keep in mind they are dealing with offshore operators.
While legitimate, licensed companies do exist to take their business, if they choose a bad operator and get burned, they have no legal recourse. Scout out the option by reading gambling forums before depositing your money into a site. Learn whether they are licensed and regulated by a legitimate governmental agency. Discover what kind of auditing and testing is done to assure fairness. Figure out which cash transfer and software support companies they associate with. Read on the forums and message boards what other customers have to say about their experience at the site. Once you've done all this, only then make an informed decision whether a mobile casino offering roulette for US players is the right choice for you.
Is Mobile Gaming Legal?
Keep one other consideration in mind, especially if you play in the United States: is it legal to gamble online or using wifi in your area? In the United States, this means reading about the federal, state, and local laws involving electronic gambling. If gambling isn't legal in the area where you play, it's best to avoid it altogether. While gamblers have never been prosecuted by American authorities, this is no assurance prosecutions won't happen in the future.
American or European Roulette
Gamblers who've only played in land-based casinos in the United States may question whether American or European roulette is better. Because American or Las Vegas roulette uses the double-zero pocket instead of one single 0 pocket, the house edge sits at a whopping 5.26% for American roulette. The European version of the game with the same rules (otherwise) has a house edge of 2.70%. If an American roulette game has imprisonment or la partage rules in place, the game has a 2.63% house edge. This isn't available in most live casinos in the USA, except in Atlantic City. Of course, if you find European roulette with la partage or imprisonment rules, this lowers the house edge to 1.35%. All things being equal, gamblers should opt for the Euro version of roulette.
Windows Phone Apps
Windows Phone became the successor to Windows Mobile in 2010, which ended production with Mobile 6.5. The closed-source Windows Phone, which focuses on the consumer instead of enterprise market, is now in its 8.0 version. This provides an operating system for Microsoft smart phones, including the 8S by HTC, Samsung Ativ S, Huawei Ascend W1, and the Nokia Lumia 620, 810, 820, 822, and 920 devices. Nokia Lumia now supercedes HTC as the #1 Windows Phone device. Nokia gadgets give the hope of becoming a popular choice in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, where the expense of the iPhone is likely to limit its appeal in the coming years.