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September 19, 2021

It plans to release an iPhone application for casino-style games

US mobile games developer awaiting Frank Bill approval

(US).- Hop-on Inc., a California-based wireless phones and accessories developer, has announced its intention to release an iPhone application for real-time casino-style games upon approval of Barney Frank's Internet gambling legislation.

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We believe even more iPhone users will use our application for gaming in real time," Peter Michaels, Hop-on's president and chief executive, in a statement.

"As we are in continued support of Representative Barney Frank's proposed legislation to legalize Internet gambling, Hop-on is moving to release an app immediately after the passing of the bill," he added.

Although Apple does not allow gambling games in its online application store, Michaels told Gaming Industry Media that his app would use a browser-based workaround that would make it possible for real-money gaming on the mobile phone.

In addition to a real-money game, Michaels said that Hop-on is already in the process of submitting play-for-fun interactive games including poker, blackjack, roulette and slot games for Apple's approval. Gaming companies currently in the iPhone market include Jadestone Networks, Spin3 and Probability.

"Generally speaking, overall in interactive gaming, if you look at the landscape and see the poker, the live dealers, the interactive television, nothing compares to the penetration rate of mobile phones," Matti Zinder, chief executive of the mobile software developer Spin3, told IGamingNews in March. "And I don't think that anything can compare to the user experience that you can generate on an iPhone," he added.

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