Real money casinos are coming to Apple iPhones in just a few weeks. Seattle-based Big Fish Games Inc. acquired Self Aware Studio in early 2011 to capture the company's Card Ace: Casino title and a log of millions of players and has partnered with London-based Betable, Ltd. to process bets. While the mobile gaming won't be available to US citizens right away, it's just a matter of time before online and mobile gaming hit the states.
Right now if you want to earn $100,000 a year playing blackjack, you'll still have to hit the casinos in person, but with two-dozen applications to the Nevada State Gaming Control Board for online gaming licenses, new gaming venues are certainly in the works. The Nevada Gaming Commission approved regulations for intra-state (withing Nevada's borders) online gaming in December of 2011.
South Point Poker was the first Nevada casino (South Point Casino, Las Vegas) to offer online poker action, but strictly for virtual chips. This allowed them to shake-out the bugs and acquire players should their application be approved for an online poker license. At this time, only gaming giants IGT and Bally Technologies have received approval from the Nevada Control Board to offer their services to Nevada residents. However, South Point also has an application with the gaming board in Maryland to offer its online poker as an intra-state server, which also must be approved by the Nevada Control Board. Any approval would likely lead to an approval for South Point to also offer their services in Nevada.
If you already play the title Card Ace: Casino or want to try the free games, Big Fish Casino will be available from Google Play, Facebook, Apple iTunes, and the Amazon app store. Games include blackjack, roulette, slots, and video poker. Actual head-to-head poker is another thing. Zynga, the largest social games maker, has a huge following for its mobile Texas Hold'em app. Zynga's plan is to introduce real-money betting in early 2013.