The Apple iPhone and iPad are invaluable pieces of mobile technology for anyone with an interest in gambling on horse races. You get free access to racing tips, racecards, odds comparison, live streams and more.
The availability of smartphones and the increased technology that is now available at our fingertips means that the way in which we bet online has radically changed. Horse racing has been a sport that has seen as much innovation as any sport within the mobile betting industry and now it's as convenient as ever to not only place bets using your smartphone, but also research picks, tips, live stream and so much more.
Mobile betting is probably the most common way in which you will use your smartphone to bet on horse racing. The majority of bookmakers now hold massively diverse and comprehensive versions of their online portfolio in the mobile form. Users of IOS devices have probably seen as much development as any when it comes to betting online and now that bookmakers can promote their apps within the app store, makes them even more accessible.
One thing that iOS users have over the competition is a huge increase in choice. It probably comes as little surprise to hear that iPhone and iPad devices both generally outsell rival competitors within their marketplace, which makes bookmakers that little bit keener to make products for these devices.
PADDY POWER MOBILE RACING FOR iPHONE/iPAD
In our opinion Paddy Power have the best mobile betting app for horse racing punters. One unique feature they offer is free audio commentary of horse racing from around the globe. They also stream live video to tablets and smartphones providing you've placed a stake of £1 or more. PP have mastered in-play betting by providing live updates before and during the race. The "Top Coupons" section of the iPhone app features upcoming UK and Irish races.
PP have also succeeded in producing one of the best mobile racecards we've used on a mobile device. View basic information on jockey, trainer and betting odds or select the "More Info" button to reveal a detailed synopsis provided by the Racing Post. iPhone and Android bettors also get access to exclusive betting offers and enhanced racing odds.
Since United States citizens are blocked from using the major UK and European bookmaker apps, their options are pretty limited when it comes to placing mobile bets on horse racing from the US. The BetOnline mobile racebook is by far the most advanced U.S. friendly betting app we've come across and it works on any phone with an internet connection. The racing section features both thoroughbred and harness racing from the US, UK, South Africa, Australia and Ireland. From the apps home-screen you can quickly browse the days Featured and Upcoming races. Each races start time is also listed along with its position on that days card. A wide variety of bet types are available, including Straight, Exacta, Trifecta and Daily Double. Each racecard lists the betting odds and names of the runners and jockeys. Use the BetOnline mobile racebook for the first time and they'll give you a $25 free bet. Get 3% of your previous days wagers deposited back into your account with their daily rebate.
For a horse racing fanatic the race card is probably what separates the men from the boys. It's this section which is going to be most important and should include everything from latest live odds to tipster information and predictors. It's safe to say that the more in-depth a bookmaker makes their race cards, the more popular horse racing will be on their app.
The iPhone and iPad both allow you to view these in massively high detail with some of the better ones coming from the likes of Bet365, Coral and BetVictor. Each provide information on trainers, horse form, jockey, silks, latest odds, price changes, information from the Racing Post, racing synopsis and live streaming, all directly from the app.
Racing Tips On Your iPhone Improve Your Chances Of Winning
The iPhone and iPad both allow you to access the internet, which in turn allows you to go and find suitable betting tips from around the net. However, as we mentioned above, a lot of bookmakers link up with the likes of the Racing Post to include free information on each race. The Racing Post app itself is actually about as good as gets for tipping, but it's not free. That being said, if you are interested in taking your horse racing seriously, then this sort of app will be a great addition and can be downloaded on both platforms for a monthly subscription.
Outside of that the likes of Online Betting Guide (OLBG) have an app that can be downloaded with a ton of horse racing tips. These tips are from people within the industry and also the 'Average Joe' so bear this in mind when making any selections from there. We mentioned briefly earlier in the article that there were horse racing apps that included a number of predictor services. They work by a computer basically processing a number of different variables from each horse and then firing out which should do well. These are to be taken with a fair amount of caution as there could be other factors that the predictor does not include which are just as important to form your decision.
Watch Live Horse Racing Streams on iPhone and Android
Live streaming is probably where the iPhone and particularly the iPad, really stands out. The razor sharp screens allow you to see the streams in as high a definition as you are going to get. Whilst live streaming isn’t all that new in the world of online betting, the mobile betting sector has been fairly slow to incorporate it into their apps. Having said that, we are seeing that more companies who do offer this service on their online site are starting to bring this into their mobile product as well, which is seeing an increase in streaming options as a result.
Odds Comparison Apps For Smartphones & Tablets
An odds comparison app is probably going to be one of the most important tools when it comes to betting of any sort. Whilst the number of sites out there is pretty vast these days, especially for horse racing, the number apps that are dedicated to this service are still relatively low. The standout one has to be OddsChecker.com and these guys allow you to get up to the minute information on odds from a huge array of races. The app can be downloaded directly from the app store and is free to use. Such a feature will definitely make you more money when shopping around for the best odds!
Check The Latest Racing Results & News
A huge number of horse racing apps now include racing results, again from a worldwide marketplace. One thing we have noticed is that a lot of bookmakers are starting to integrate this into their mobile betting app, which makes them a much more appealing package. What we did find though is that the dedicated racing results apps such as the Racing Post and Horse Racing UK were much more up to the minute than the bookmaker apps.
Again, this is another feature that the iPhone and iPad have an abundance of. If you think of all the sports betting apps and mobile sites out there that can be accessed from this device, then it will highlight how much information is at your fingertips. We recommend using the Sky Sports, Racing UK, Racing Post, BBC Sport and even local newspapers for the latest horse racing news.
Enhanced Odds & Mobile Promotions
One of the best things about the mobile sector is that bookmakers are starting to really push players towards their mobile betting apps. Because of this you will often find promotions or bonuses on offer to entice people through their doors. They are definitely worth looking out for as it allows you to often pick up a number of offers that may be more lucrative than the standalone betting offer.
iOS MOBILE BETTING FAQ
Why does the native bookmaker app on my iPhone stop working when I travel to the USA? The main reason for this is quite simple. A lot of bookmakers are actually prohibited to trade within the USA or to USA residents. If you are just traveling there then the location tracker on your iPhone will register to the app that you are in a prohibited location, thus disabling you from accessing the app. If you are a resident from an area where the app is accepted and you have an account already then you may be able to bypass this by disabling the auto location function from your iOS settings.
Why are some bookmaker apps not in the App store? For a long time betting apps were actually banned from being advertised within the App Store. This is no longer the case, but there are some bookmakers who do not promote their app directly from the store. Often when you go the online site via your phone it will instantly recognise you are on a mobile device and direct you to the mobile site. From here you can add this to your home screen and then continue to the use this as if it were an app.