Once upon a time – and it really does feel that long ago – to play classic casino games like Roulette and Blackjack, there was only one place to go: a casino. Due to Britain’s once-draconian laws with regard to gambling, this could well mean having to be in the right place at the right time, as many establishments were simply barred from getting casino licences, and those that did were kept within strict operating hours. While some might argue this is a good thing, that some things should be policed, one has to wonder who they think they are, to decide how a country’s citizens should and shouldn’t spend their time. Fortunately, in the past twenty years Britain has adopted a more liberal approach to the casino industry, and though it is still tightly regulated, this does not extend to denying it the right to exist at all.
Consequently, casino games became something you weren’t only forced to seek out in bricks-and-mortar establishments – a licence to provide the games meant a licence to provide them anywhere, including the internet, which became a second home for the major gambling brands, such as casino.ladbrokes.com. However, as any entrepreneur knows, you either innovate or die, and companies continued to look for new ways to provide customers with their service. The arrival of smartphones provided the perfect way to do this. It is certainly a telling piece of evidence as to how slick, high-tech and available modern life has become, that where once if you fancied a hand of blackjack you’d have to wait until after hours, before sloping into a licensed venue, now you could be waiting for your train to arrive, and thanks to the mobile apps of providers like Ladbrokes, you’ve got a virtual (but real money) private Blackjack table waiting for you at the push of a button.