Windows Phone is Microsoft's mobile operating system and is now more popular than Apple's iOS in many countries. A number of horse race gambling apps are now available for Nokia Lumia, Toshiba and Surface Pro devices.
Whilst Windows Phone isn’t as popular as
say Android or iOS, there are still a large number of horse racing betting apps
that anyone can use in conjunction with this operating system. One of the plus
sides that Windows has over their rivals is that the availability of their
operating system on most modern computers, allowing them to intertwine between
each program. As this article will point out, the number of options for each
category are continuing to increase, making this a viable option for people looking
to bet on horse racing.
The number of bookmakers that are using Windows Phone to promote their betting apps and horse racing sections is one that is on the increase. A lot of the bigger companies already have a dedicated app for Windows, and for those that don’t they often include an accessible mobile site that can be used.
The horse racing sections of these apps are again another area in which is starting to see massive improvement. For the bigger bookmakers, you can expect to see more of a betting portal than just simply somewhere that you place your bets.
WILLIAM HILL WINDOWS PHONE RACING
We tested a variety of bookmaker apps on Nokia Lumia, Microsoft Surface Pro and Lenovo phones/tablets and William Hill came out on top for horse race betting on Windows Phone. William Hill Mobile is web-based so there's no install required. The racing section is well laid out with quick access button at the top that take you to "Meetings", "Next Off", "Live Races", "Specials" and "Antepost" betting. The Specials page gives you an overview of the many betting offers available on upcoming horse races. We especially like the way the app displays the top 10 "Hot Picks" where you can quickly see a list of the most fancied horses on any given day. The race card on Windows Phone is nicely designed and provides racing punters with all the information they might need. The Racing Post "Verdict" gives an overview of each race and a prediction of how they think the race will pan out. You can also watch live racing from racecourses in the UK and Ireland on you Windows Phone providing you place a qualifying bet of £1 or more on any race.
If you are a horse racing fan that lives in the United States, you probably already know that most of the US friendly bookmaker apps suck when it comes to horse race betting on iPhone, Blackberry, Android or Windows Phone. Most US sportsbook apps either completely ignore horse racing or simply offer futures betting on major races like the Kentucky Derby. Thankfully, BetOnline have released a horse race betting app that goes someway to closing the gap between the big European and American mobile bookmakers. BetOnline is one of the best known US facing poker networks so they already have plenty of experience in safely and securely processing payments from US citizens. Their racebook app is browser based so there is no software to install on your Nokia. The app covers both thoroughbred and harness racing from every racetrack in the USA. The race-card offers information on the jockey, trainer and the minutes to post for each race. The staring price is along also displayed with a wide variety of betting types, including straight, exacta, trifecta. Generous rebates mean you get 3% deposited back into your account everyday.
The race card is arguably the most important part of any betting app for Windows, iOS or Android. What we have seen over the years is the amount of emphasis that a number of bookmakers have started to put into this section. It’s seen them turn from an area that simply offered a small amount of information for that race into something that even the most dedicated in horse racing bettors can use as somewhere to not only bet, but research their picks.
Bookmaker apps for Windows Phone devices allows you to function all of these features on one of the best screens in the business. Its not uncommon for a race card to include information such as news, betting tips, predictors and even synopsis of races from some of the best horse racing companies in the world. We actually discuss each of these later in the article.
Betting Tips Help You Win
The tips section is something that a lot of bettors will find extremely useful. It doesn’t matter if you use the tips as gospel for your bettors or simply something to compare which picks you are going to choose, they will offer some purpose to your bets.
As you are using a Windows Phone device it actually opens up the whole Internet, rather than limiting yourself to betting apps. Most horse racing websites have not yet developed native apps that you can download from the Windows Phone App Store, however, there are web-based versions that can be accessed via the browser of your Nokia Lumia or Samsung. Having said that, there are some betting apps such as Betfair and bet365 that provide some really insightful betting tips sections. We find the fact they have teamed up with past players and people from within the racing industry a massive plus and adds huge credibility to these. Alternatively, go and use apps such as the Racing Post or even better, check out social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook where people offer up numerous tips for free.
Place A Bet & Then Watch The Race On Your Tablet Or Phone
Phones that are associated with Windows phone are synonymous with have a generously large screen. It’s something that the manufacturers have been keen to exploit and as a result makes taking advantage of extras such as live streaming a perfect match.
The number of outlets that offer live streaming is increasing. If you are a subscriber of At The Races or Racing UK then you can use their dedicated apps on your Windows Mobile to view a massive range of races from around the world. In fact, if you are serious about racing and think that forking out the subscription will be something you will get use from, then this is always going to be the best option.
Alternatively there are a number of bookmakers that offer live steaming services. They are generally free to use, but some will require you to have either a funded or active betting account or will ask you to place a wager on that race to view. Either way, they do prove to be really good value.
Live streaming from UK, Irish, US, French and Australian racetracks is now available on iOS, Nokia Lumia, HTC, Samsung Galaxy & more...
Get The Best Price By Comparing Odds On Your Windows Phone, iPhone or Samsung Galaxy
An odds comparison app should be your final
port of call before placing any bets. Its thought that you can get up to 20%
better odds by shopping around for the best prices over the course of the year
and there are few better ways to do this than and odds comparison app. The best
app comes in the form of the Odds Checker app where you can compare hundreds of
horse races from around the globe. They have developed a web-app that is compatible with all Sony Xperia, Microsoft Surface Pro and Nokia Lumia devices.
Alternatively, what we have found to be an
excellent tool for finding the best odds and even enhanced prices that
bookmakers promote is that of social media. Outlets such as Facebook and
Twitter are quickly becoming the best way in which bookmakers can briefly and
efficiently stay in touch with their followers. Obviously apps are available
for a number of social media sites directly from the Windows Phone store and
as a little tip, you can also create a separate account to just follow
bookmakers that will keep these types of offers and best odds in a much more
Results & News Delivered To Your Phone
The way in which you can access horse
racing results is a lot easier today than it was before the move into mobile
technology. Whilst the majority of betting apps and horse racing sites do
include results, it’s often a matter of finding the ones that can produce
results the fastest. At the end of the day, we use our mobile to bet for speed
and convenience, which is essentially what we should be looking for when
picking out results.
Aside from apps, a lot of people actually
overlook the fact that you can search for mobile sport/racing specific sites. There
are hundreds out there with some of the best being that of the Racing Post and high-end
newspapers. Again though, we can’t help but find our way back to social media
for instant results. There is usually someone, somewhere in the world tweeting
as soon as a certain result happens and this is usually quicker than most
sports writing and betting companies publish it on apps or mobile websites.
You’ll often find that the same sorts of
sites that are offering the results generally have pretty strong racing news
sections. News is a lot easier to come by but we often find that local
newspapers are some of the best places to look. The national ones cover the
larger meetings very well, but if you are looking further afield then be sure
to try the local press.
odds and Windows Phone Promotions
As with all mobile betting devices, mobile
promotions are something that you really need to be keeping an eye out for.
They are much more common these days, especially with number of mobile users
continuing to increase. Don’t expect too much from them though in terms of
monetary value at least, but you should be able to grab a few good deals when
registering through your mobile device.
Often bookmakers run mobile specific offers
to get punters through their virtual doors. A typical offer might include
something like enhanced odds if you place your bets through their Windows app.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are Windows Mobile betting apps safe to use? The short of it is yes, they are very safe! They use the same encryption that a webpage would use and even when you enter in any personal details the mobile site will be used via a secure server. Basically, if you feel safe using their online site, then you should do the same with their mobile site.
Why are Windows Mobile betting apps still quite rare? It’s a good question, but the main reason is because the software isn’t as popular as an Android or iOS device, meaning bookmakers are less inclined to really push the product. The bigger brands will of course cater for all manufacturers, but you may find that some of the smaller ones tend to leave out Windows Mobile for this exact reason.