What are the best Android poker sites with a real-money apps?
Android is one of the most flexible operating systems around. Many mobile device makers have customized Android to suit their hardware and customer ecosystem. You’ll find dedicated apps and instant-play options which work on a wide range of Android powered mobile devices.
This page covers all you need to know on getting started with Android poker. This includes coverage of both phones and tablets. You will also find out about the different games, and the options for getting your money into and out of an Android device below.
Here is how the Android poker topic is broken down:
Android phones and tablets have very different screen sizes – which affect the kind of poker games you can enjoy on them. Leaving aside the ‘hybrid’ devices, smartphone users will be less likely to play multiple games at once – and more likely to want to play quick sessions while on the go.
Tablets are ideal for playing while watching TV. These make longer format games such as tournaments more suitable. With some international brands, you can effectively multi-table on your tablet, playing 4 games at once. While this is possible on a smartphone, that small screen size does make this tricky.
Many sites offer their fast-fold poker variants through instant-play. This is perfect for those short, sharp sessions while you are on the move. If you are serious about ‘grinding’, then Android devices are probably not your best bet. I’d invest in a desktop or laptop with a second screen instead to make mass multi-tabling possible.
There are only 3 networks which are big enough to offer regular games. You will find multiple sites within each network. No US poker site offers a dedicated Android app. Instead you will play on browser-based instant-play clients. These work with Flash and HTML5, making compatibility easy with all types of Android phones and tablets.
Here are the options in order of size & popularity:
Some of the biggest global brands have developed the top Android apps for playing poker. These give you the best of both worlds. You get access to the full list of game types, and mobile / touch screen play too. The best of these apps also allow for up to 4 tables at once. Multi-tabling is far easier on tablets (or phones with huge screens), as you can jump between the active tabs faster.
Here are the international Android apps, in order of size & popularity:
The biggest single factor is the size of your screen. If you are sitting in front of the TV with a tablet, then longer-format games work. If you are out and about with an Android smartphone, then a form of poker you can have short, sharp sessions on works best.
Here are the 5 biggest poker formats you can access on Android devices, along with my thoughts on how they compare:
This section contains all the questions you might have on depositing, legality and safety at Android poker sites. If you have any questions on specific rooms, you can find more information in the dedicated Poker Reviews section here at GambleOnline.co.
This question is often asked by US residents, where there is a lot of confusion on the role of federal and State laws concerning gambling. The short answer is ‘yes’. It is not illegal for US players to play poker on their Android phone or tablet. The law often bought up (called the UIGEA) only affects poker room operators and banks. That law explains why banking is sometimes difficult with gambling sites!
Poker rooms which offer real money Android games are based outside of the US. They are legal and regulated in their countries. State laws do vary, and some states (Utah / Washington State) don’t allow individuals to gamble online. Nobody has ever been indicted for enjoying real money online poker.
A follow-up question often comes up when US players find that the sites welcoming them are based in the Caribbean or Central America. Many of these sites have been around for more than 10 years, and have very solid reputations.
I like to see at least 5 years’ service, and that the fairness of the deal has been verified by an independent auditor. Brands including Bovada and BetOnline have spent many years building trust, for me these are completely safe places to play.
The bigger global Android poker options are very safe. These sites are regulated in the UK, Malta, Gibraltar and other reputable jurisdictions.
These apps share a long list of deposit options with the desktop clients. The list open to you will depend on your location (US / International) and the site you are playing at. For US players, the list includes Credit Cards, Bitcoin, Person-to-Person transfer, Prepaid Visa and sometimes Bank Wires. Internationally, you can add PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, Trustly, EcoPazy, Local Bank Transfer, iDebit and many more.
You’ll find huge differences in how easy or difficult games are at the different sites. Some sites are dominated by recreational (amateur) players, while others are home to multi-tabling pros. Look for sites with a source of cross-over traffic. Brands attached to sportsbooks are always a good bet. You can also check for sites which incentivise high-volume players. These create tougher games. For more on this, check our detailed guide to the easiest poker games.
If you get disconnected while enjoying an Android poker game, you’ll be given some time to reconnect. This will depend on the site and game format. If you don’t make it back, then your hand will be folded. In a cash game, you would forfeit the bets in the pot – and then sit out next hand. In a tournament or sit n go, you will continue to post blinds until you return or run out of chips.
There are plenty of options out there for Android devices these days. You simply need to find a site open to you (for US players), and then choose the games which work best for your screen size. I recommend cash games or fast-fold poker for smaller devices like smartphones. If you have the patience, then tournaments work with Android tablets much better.
The big international sites have a choice of app or instant-play – while there are currently no real money apps for US sites. As more and more people move exclusively to mobile devices, lets hope those US rooms catch up soon!