Mobile poker means that you no longer need to have access to your computer to play poker. Instead, real money poker can be played anywhere as long as you have a (compatible) mobile phone or pad that is connected to the internet. You can play during your daily commute, in your favorite café, in the park, and so on. Mobile poker is still in its infancy and is expected to grow exponentially during the next few years, especially if the United States changes its policy and begin to permit and license online poker.
Here is some basic information about mobile poker:
- Some poker rooms have poker apps for Android while others target iPhone and iPad users. There are also a few poker rooms that have both types of poker software.
- If you already have a poker account, you can normally use the same log-in information to access your account from your mobile phone.
- Some mobile poker rooms will let you sign-up and deposit money directly from your mobile phone.
- Since the screen is so small on a mobile phone, the poker chat is normally not displayed next to the poker table as you play. Instead, you need to switch back and forth between the poker table window and the poker chat window. This is a bit cumbersome, so don’t be surprised if the mobile poker chat is quite empty.
- News about mobile playing can be found at most major poker news sites, such as PokerNews and CardPlayer .
Here are three examples of reputable poker rooms that offer mobile poker.
Bwin mobile poker
At Bwin, you can play real money mobile poker regardless of whether you are using iPhone, iPad or an Android unit. Bwin is part of the Ongame poker network and you will meet the same players as you would when playing in your computer. Bwin has a long experience with mobile poker. Back in the days when most poker sites didn’t even offer play money mobile poker, Bwin gave their members the opportunity to use a java based platform for mobile poker play. In January 2011, Bwin launched a mobile poker app for iPhone, and six months later it was followed by a mobile poker app for Android.
Betsson mobile poker
Betsson offers fixed limit, pot limit och no limit mobile poker. Real money poker is available in online mode, while play money poker is available in both online and offline mode. Betsson’s mobile poker room is a part of the Ongame poker network and you play against the same players as you would if you logged in from your computer.
Ladbrokes mobile poker
Ladbrokes offers mobile poker for Android units. You need the Froyo, Gingerbread or Honeycomb version of Android OS, plus Air version 2.6x and Adobe Flash Player version 10.1 or later. Ladbrokes’ mobile poker room is a part of the Microgaming poker network. So far, only cash tables are available, not tournaments. Play with real money or play money.