Mobile Poker 2016 Guide
In 2016, real money players can enjoy Texas Hold'em and Omaha mobile poker online on their smartphones and tablets. The best Internet mobile poker sites are designed specifically for your smaller smartphone touch-screen. That way, you can take down pots at the swipe of a finger. If you thought traditional online poker on a PC was convenient, nothing beats mobile poker online. Mobile gaming for real cash is still developing, but you can still find some great poker rooms and apps for your phone in 2016. At OnlinePoker.com, we review the very best.
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How To Play Mobile Online Poker Games
There are two ways to play mobile online poker for real money; downloading a native app onto your phone, or logging via your web browser at 'instant play' sites.
First, set up an account (or use your existing online account details) and load up the lobby on your phone or tablet. The first thing you'll notice is the tables will display differently on your screen to your PC monitor.
All action is controlled via touch buttons (Fold, Bet, etc) but good rooms are well-designed for the smaller space. You can even access the Cashier and Lobby easily at the touch of a button.
Downloading Mobile Poker Apps
For poker online, mobile options come in two flavors: download and no-download. First, head to the App Store (if you're using an iPhone or iPad) or Google Play Store on an Android phone or tablet. Other, independent app stores like GetJar also stock specialist gambling apps. Check with your mobile online poker room before downloading to see where you need to go.
Some rooms will have native apps for download. Installing is easy. From there, you can access the gaming site via the app shortcut on your portable device.
Android users may have to adjust the settings on their phone or tablet to allow downloads from sources outside the Play Store, so check before you commit.
A final option is to go to the homepage of the room you want to play at. You can often download apps direct from the online poker mobile website.
If your favorite poker rooms don't have a poker mobile option, you can simply go to the site using your phone and log-in via the browser.
It's worth having several browsers downloaded on your mobile device (at least two of Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, etc) so that you have options if one doesn't work.
These 'instant play' versions are good, especially if you're on a Windows phone or BlackBerry which may not have native apps for download.
“If your favorite poker rooms don't have a poker mobile option, just go to the site on your phone and log-in via the browser.
Things to Bear In Mind...
Compatibility & Games
As well as having the right model of phone it's important to have an up-to-date operating system.
With Apple phones you generally need iOS 4.3; with Android it's generally 4.0 or better for the best experience. If you're struggling to cope with some sites it's probably time to upgrade your smartphone.
Finally, you will find that not all games are available on mobile online poker rooms. While Hold'em and Omaha are available to play for real cash, you probably won't find any Triple Draw, 8-Game Mix or Badugi games.
Screen Size and Graphics
For real money players used to big 32" monitors to play poker on, switching to online poker mobile games can be a shock.
You'll generally be stuck playing one table at a time due to the limited screen size, and poor sites may have issues with usability.
Also, be wary of cheaper mobile phones and tablets which have "low spec audio players" built in. These can sometimes cause poker graphics to appear jerky on the screen.
Poker Mobile Blocking
One last note: before you play, enquire with your mobile network operator that gambling websites are permitted.
Some providers will block real money mobile online poker rooms. This is done to prevent those under the legal age accessing gambling content, but even if you're over the legal age or living in a country where Internet poker is regulated and licensed, you may need to manually adjust the settings on your device.
Security is also an issue with mobile poker online. Some gaming websites will send you a special security key every time you log on. This changes every time you come online to protect your account from hackers.
It can be a hassle, but extra security is better than no security at all.
Convenience is perhaps the best advantage of poker mobile action. You can play on the move, on the train to work, or at work when the boss isn't looking.
And if you're taking your tablet or phone abroad, you can take your poker with you.
If your mobile network provider allows roaming, and the network you use abroad supports GPRS (General packet radio service) you should be able to enjoy mobile online poker in countries that aren't restricted.
Top Mobile Online Poker Rooms in 2016
When you think about the big advances of online poker, mobile gaming is certainly the biggest to hit the game in recent years.
Mobile online poker is fun, convenient and great websites offer plenty of games to play. Take a look at the leading reviews at OnlinePoker.com for the best guide to top rooms in 2016.
Importance of Bigger Screens
The 'convenience v playability' argument is one that will continue to dog mobile gambling as it gains popularity over the coming years.
How do you marry the convenience of playing on your handheld portable device wherever you are with the actual ease of playing?
Multi-tablers, for example, will find it particularly hard to play more than one cash game or tournament at once on such a small screen. Mobile poker online, therefore, is probably best-suited to casual gamblers getting in a few micro-stakes cash hands on the bus to work or a tournament sat watching TV.
Tablets are getting bigger and bigger, of course, and mobile online poker will surely come into its own once the new generation of 9" tablets (and bigger) start to come onto the market.
Mobile Poker 2016 Guide FAQ
Yes, you can play real money poker online using a mobile device with ease. Many top online casinos support mobile gameplay. Android and iOS devices are supported the most, but Blackberry and Windows phone devices can be used with some websites as well.
To get started playing at an online casino with a mobile device, become a member at one of the websites known to support mobile gameplay. After becoming a member either download the app required to play at the site, or become familiar with the mobile website so you can access popular games in the web browser of your mobile device.
You can play Texas Hold’em, video poker, five card stud and a range of other popular poker games right from your mobile device. Both tablets and smartphones are compatible with many mobile casinos.
Whether you use an app or the website itself depends on what your preference is and which option is available to you. If the online casino you play at only offers a mobile app and not a mobile website to play games at, you’ll have to use the app. If you have both options you have to decide if you want an app on your device, or if you don’t mind taking the extra time to go to the mobile website in your device’s browser.
It’s difficult to say which mobile site is the best of all, there are many online casino sites that support mobile gameplay well. Take a look at one of our recommended websites to become acquainted with a quality mobile gaming experience and what you can expect.
While playing on a mobile device you’ll only be able to play a single game at a time. If you want to play more than one game or more than one table at once you’ll likely need several mobile devices or to play from a full-sized computer where you have more screen space.
The leading mobile casinos are very safe to play at. They employ top-level security practices and are just as safe as online retailers, or banks.
When you play at a reputable online casino the games are not rigged. The casino has a slight edge that allows it to be profitable, but there is a random number generator that ensures the results of the games are completely random when you play.
Some casino games use quite a bit of mobile data and it’s always important to keep an eye on your data usage when running off your mobile device’s data network. When possible play through a WiFi network for an enhanced gameplay experience and to keep your data usage down.