Enjoy Real Money Poker on Your Mobile Devices with this Guide
You no longer need to spend hours glued to your desktop to get the benefits of real money online poker. Both the game formats, and the software, has evolved to let you enjoy poker on the go. You can play on tablets or smartphones – including both Apple and Android powered devices.
This page takes you through the practical information you need to get the best from mobile poker sites & apps. You’ll find the access options, best games to play and a list of what to check to make sure your mobile poker site is legitimate below. Here are how things are laid out:
There are two main options for finding real money poker games online. These are via a downloadable app – or using your browser for ‘instant-play’ poker games. Both will work fine, though there are some factors to consider before you decide on which path to follow.
Apps are not as common as Instant-play poker clients. Only the biggest international poker rooms have them at all. At the time of writing none of the offshore sites welcoming US players offer downloadable apps.
Where apps can be found, you’ll need to locate separate ones depending on your device. These are usually downloaded via the poker site web pages – as the official app stores are not always gambling friendly!
The advantage of these is that they run smoothly – and require less time to initialize than browser-games. Some apps (for example 888) allows you to have separate tabs for each table, this works best on large screen smartphones or tablets.
If your site does not offer an app, then you are left with browser-based play as your only mobile poker option. Where this is offered, you simply access the site via your mobile device – you will be able to log-in and access the games from there.
If your site only offers games created with Flash software, then access on iPhones or iPads will not be easy. These devices do not support Flash. You can get around this lack of support, using the Chrome Browser with a plug-in. Alternatively, find sites which use the latest HTML5 code instead – and give them your support.
Instant-play usually offers a limited game selection, and (depending on which site you play at) restricts you to a single table. For me this is more suitable as a stop-gap for those seeking a game on the move – rather than a serious replacement for the fully downloadable software.
Not every mobile poker site will give you the option to play every game format. Some offer only cash games (and / or fast-fold poker), while others give you access to all the games, though only one table at a time.
Here are the main mobile poker game options. I have ranked these from the most suitable for playing on the move, down to the least!
Once you have decided whether to use an online poker app or instant-play, and which poker format you’d like to try – it is time to compare the available poker sites. The main factor affecting your mobile poker options is where you are located. US players have a limited choice, with only Bovada or Ignition Poker (who share a poker network) offering a decent mobile poker option.
Outside the US, you’ll have a much bigger choice.
Here are some of the things you should look for before you choose somewhere to play mobile poker:
Poker is prevalent on mobile devices these days. Most sites offer at least an instant-play client, with the best also offering dedicated Android or iOS apps. While you can access the games, it is important to understand that not all poker formats work well with your mobile device.
The most popular formats are cash games (6-max is popular) or the fast-fold poker variations like Zoom Poker. These allow for short sessions, perfect for when you are out and about.
At the other end of the scale are the larger multi-table tournaments. Staring at your phone screen for 7 hours, only to min-cash is not always a positive experience!
As software and chip-speeds get better, I expect to see more mobile poker options as we move forward. At the moment, multi-tabling is either difficult or completely left out of this technology. There are also limited formats and poker game variants available via instant play. The move to HTML5, which allows users of Apple devices to enjoy instant-play games, is a positive step.