Placing sports bets on your mobile phone has taken off in a big way. It is no longer a gimmick offered by a few of the big online betting organisations – mobile sports betting is mainstream and you need to be in it to win it.
iPhone Sports Bet Apps
Many of the big betting companies have launched sports betting apps for iPhone owners. However, until recently Apple didn’t allow real money betting apps inside the App Store so the number is still relatively small and these apps are still in their infancy.
- William Hill iPhone – no missing bets: sport betting on mobile with William Hill provides you with all the same options you get through its website.
- Paddy Power Mobile – the 3 star rated PaddyPower iPhone and iPad mobile sportsbook app is the best looking out there. Bet £1 on its mobile casino games to get a FREE £5 sports bet.
- Betfair iPhone client – probably the single app that has been most downloaded. More than just sports betting but still only basic betting options – good for keeping track of your bets.
- Betfred Mobile Sportsbook – only 2 ½ stars for its sports bet app for iPhone but if you prefer to keep things friendly try its popular Fantasy iTeam football app (you could win an iPad 2).
- Ladbrokes Mobile – up to £50 free bet but only 2 star rating in App Store for current version of Ladbrokes iPhone Sports Bet app
However while there may be few true iPhone betting apps, an alternative some operators have opted for is to make iPhone compatible websites. iPhone friendly online sports betting sites include:
- Unibet for iPhone – head to m.unibet.com
- Bet365 mobile – another web app at mobile.bet365.com
Paddy Power and Bet Fred also have mobile friendly web app versions of their sites – no download required mobile sports betting if you prefer not to fill your phone with apps.
Sports Bet Apps for Android Phones
The same companies listed above also have Android friendly sports betting apps or websites. The Betfair sports bet app is a native app to download to your phone – whenever you see the .apk in the links you are clicking on this indicates they are Android sports betting apps, as opposed to Android friendly websites.
The Unibet and PaddyPower mobile sports bet apps can also be downloaded to Android phones. As with all gambling related apps, at the moment you cannot install these directly from the Android marketplace (Google Play) – this also means that you need to “allow non-marketplace apps” in your phone’s settings.
US Sports Betting Apps
As long as online gambling is illegal in the US you will struggle to place any real money sports bets on your cell phone. The next best thing is a range of surrogate social sports bet apps that let you feed your sports betting obsession without wagering any of your own money.
Of course, this option isn’t limited to US citizens. Social mobile sports betting in the UK looks like being popular too.
Fantasy football apps (like Betfred’s) already exist but mobile social betting takes this in a different direction by giving you greater flexibility in the score lines you choose to prophesize and by making it easier to share the results.
- Bet Tracker Pro – the most complete fun sports betting app out there – track sports bets on your iPhone, set up leagues and challenge friends.
- Bodugi Social Betting – so far only available via your smartphone’s Internet browser but Bodugi iPhone and Android apps are promised soon.
- SideBets Social BETworking (iPhone app only) – Sign up, invite friends and start winning their virtual money!
- King of Predictions (iPhone only) – bet on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) only.
- Unibet Social Betting – not as comprehensive as Bet Tracker Pro but nicely integrated with Facebook.
More iPhone social betting apps coming soon:
- Fanatical Sports App – a social betting app dedicated to sports from pioneer Crowdpark
- 90 Live – another Crowdpark app, this time focussing purely on football / soccer, that will let friends share predictions and challenge each other’s footy forecasts.
Sports Betting App Tools
As well as all the options for fun or real money sports betting on iPhone or Android handsets, enthusiasts also now have access to a wealth of betting odds apps and betting tips for iPhone and Android handsets. Look for mobile sports betting odds and tips applications but check the reviews first since are somewhat disappointing!