Mobile Poker

Today's technology has already taken all of our favorite slots and other games, from land-based casinos, and brought them directly into our homes in the form of online casinos.

Now, with the introduction of the smart phone, users of Android phones, iPhones, and even Blackberry's can take those same games, anywhere we want to play them using smart phones and computer tablets.

In fact, mobile gambling isn't just an option for mobile phone users, netbook and tablet users can take their favorite real money poker games with them as well.

Where can I find Mobile Poker Apps?

Of course, not all online poker sites have developed poker applications that will work on a mobile device, however, the number of apps available is increasing at a pretty rapid pace.

Currently Available Mobile Poker Apps

  • 888 Poker
  • PokerStars (Free and Real Money)
  • mFortune (currently not available)
  • Bwin (not recommended at this time)

Mobile Poker for older iPad Versions (3 and earlier)

  • Switch Poker
  • Terminal Poker

How does mobile poker compare to the online version of the game played from a stationary or laptop computer? Both options have their ups and downs. For instance not all of the tools we've grown accustomed to are available in the mobile versions of the game. Poker Tracker 3 users won't find a mobile option. Even online poker giant PokerStars doesn't offer table statistics that allow for strategic table selection.

Don't let that dissuade you from trying out the mobile version of your favorite poker site however, because you might just find that the good, for now, outweighs the bad, and what's even better is that technology is improving even as you're reading this. All of the biggest name poker sites are rapidly striving to outdo one another, and provide the best possible mobile poker apps The end result? There are new features being added frequently and what's missing is likely under development right now.

In the meantime, the next time you're riding mass transit, or sitting in the back of a college class, the next time you're stuck at a presentation you'd rather not be attending, there's online poker, right there, in your pocket.

PokerStars Mobile App

PokerStars is well-known as 1 of the world's largest, most reputable, and definitely most well-known online poker sites. At long last, they're also officially a mobile poker site. There are two poker apps available at Stars, one for Android and one for iPhone.

Setting up PokerStars Mobile

  1. Visit PokerStars by clicking any link on this website
  2. Sign up for a new account if you don't already have one.
  3. Visit the PokerStars Cashier and fund your new account
  4. Visit PokerStars Mobile Site and follow get a poker app for your phone.
  5. Login to your poker account from your mobile, and play poker!

The iPhone app is available in the Apple iStore, the Android app cannot be downloaded in the Google store, because of a restriction on real money gambling apps, so you'll have to grab that one straight from the PokerStars website. The Apple app is available in the iStore for download and installation, due to the recent decision at Apple to finally allow real money gambling apps.

During recent months, the app's available for PokerStars players have undergone near constant development. What was initially a real money only poker app available to players in a very small portion of the world, is now a real/free money poker app, available nearly everywhere, everywhere but in the USA.

PokerStars Mobile App Highlights

  • Allows Players to Multi-table Clearly Mobile
  • Easy Access to the PokerStars Cashier
Keep in mind however that just because the PokerStars cashier can be accessed from a mobile device doesn't make this the best option. Mobile players should use caution when accessing sensitive financial data from WiFi connections, and should always use a desktop with a wired connection to make financial transactions when possible.

Where PokerStars Mobile Lacks

  • No Lobby Stats
  • No Hand Histories
  • Betting Buttons need Improvement.

Bwin Mobile Poker App

Bwin is another well-known online gambling entity that provides both real money poker players and free money poker players with a mobile app. Using the Bwin Cell Poker App players have the ability to automatically post their blinds, choose between 2 and 4 color decks, wait until their big blind to join the game, and either hear sound effects from the game, or not.

Games Available at BWIN

  • No Limit Holdem
  • Fixed Limit Holdem
  • Pot Limit Holdem

Bwin features three different table varieties for No Limit Holdem players, 5 max, 10 max, and heads up tables. The site really only offers lower level stakes for mobile players, ranging from .05 blinds to $3.

BWIN NL Holdem Stakes
  • $.0.5-.10
  • $ .15-.30
  • $.25-.50
  • $1-2
  • $2-4
  • $3-6

Party Poker Mobile App

If you're looking for a mobile app that will allow you to play Party Poker games on your cell phone or tablet, well, you're out of luck... for now. Party Poker doesn't currently offer mobile gaming, however, the company did just acquire BWIN, so there are likely changes afoot, and it's a possibility that Party Poker will further develop the BWIN mobile poker app and offer a bit of mobile poker action their selves.

Switch Poker Mobile App

Switch Poker came onto the poker scene as a mobile poker option in October of 2010. During that time the site catered to users of iPhones, iPad, and iPod.

In December of last year (2011) the site went on to add Android compatibility. Switch is different from other mobile sites online because it doesn't require the installation of an App, which makes the site compatible with users of older netbooks, and Apple products. If you're looking for a poker site that's compatible with the first couple iPad editions, than you've found it.