Here at CAP, we’ve already said that 2011 would be the year of mobile gambling. Even so, it’s a bit overwhelming to see so many new mobile gambling networks announced in recent weeks. And a lot of those networks are getting their official introduction this week at ICE.

(And since the London Affiliate Conference piggybacks ICE, affiliates can expect the first crack a lot of those mobile networks, since the companies launching them will be represented at both conferences.)  

The online gambling world is still buzzing about bwin’s first-ever iPhone real-money poker app. In recent weeks, Microgaming also announced its upcoming Android mobile poker app. EveryMatrix is set to introduce their mobile sportsbook at ICE. Fortune Affiliates is even offering a mobile casino affiliate promotion.

It continues: William Hill has now unveiled plans for a new online betting app for Android, and GTECH G2 has also said it’ll unveil an Italian-based mobile gaming app at ICE, too.

Mobile gambling isn’t yet quite as polished as standard online gaming, and network outages, such as this one reported by, are frustratingly common and a potential roadblock to the industry.

But probably only a temporary one. If the U.S. can regulate online gambling in 2011, look for developers to focus even more on mobile gambling. It could be a relatively short time before it becomes the major form of online gambling.

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