Annual wagers on mobile casinos and online poker platforms will consistently reach new heights through 2018, projects Juniper Research.
A new report from the research giants finds that annual wagers via mobile handsets and tablets on casino-type gambling and poker games are expected to reach $62 billion globally by 2018, which is a sixfold increase on the $10 billion wagered in 2013.
Not surprisingly, the primary driver will be legalization of selected online gambling services in the previously untapped U.S. market, which is expected to see a host of service launches over the next five years.
The report found that, globally, gambling operators have also been spurred to develop sophisticated mobile casino solutions by the success of free-to-play casino games. Although these games do not serve as direct competitors to real-money gambling providers, they have demonstrated how immersive games such as slots and poker can be on a mobile device.
Juniper’s latest whitepaper – Mobile Gambling: A Smart Bet – is available to download now at no charge with registration from the Juniper website.