Online poker has leapt out of the desktop and into your pocket. As the popularity of smartphones and tablets increases, the major online poker sites like PokerStars have created mobile apps that let you sit at a poker table wherever you are.
PokerStars.com is one of the leading players in the online poker arena and with its PokerStars Mobile app it is also dominating mobile poker, having been named best mobile poker room.
The PokerStars Mobile app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play, and is incredibly easy to install. In just a few minutes you too can be playing poker on the go. All you need is a WiFi or 3G connection to connect with the mobile client. The app is available for a wide range of platforms including iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The app is a great extension of PokerStars’ excellent desktop software and you can read a full review of that here.
Developed by Rational Intellectual, PokerStars Poker is the first mobile app of its kind that offers you multi-table functionality and the ability to easily switch tables during play. To play, you need to set up a PokerStars account or you can log in with an existing account that you use on your desktop. The app also comes with a host of other features such as the ability to play ring games, Zoom and Sit & Go’s (SNGs) against thousands of players from around the world at any time. As soon as you fold your cards, you are immediately taken to another table and you can try your luck again and again till you hit the big win. You can join games that use play money or else raise the stakes with real money games. The ‘Play Now’ button on the home screen lets you bypass the lobby and head straight to the green felt with shortcuts to all your favourite games.
You don’t need to waste time browsing the lobby for the right game to play. Using the tournament and player search, you can instantly find and join the tournaments you want with the various built-in search filters that narrow down your search according to table size, limits and stakes. You can also search for tournaments by typing in the name, making it easier to find the games and promotions you want. Moreover, by using your existing PokerStars account to log in, you can pick up the game you started on your computer right where you left it. Quickly hook up with your friends for a virtual poker night, even while you’re on the move, and talk together while playing with Table Chat.
The latest version of the PokerStars Mobile app uses Web Cashier to manage your bankroll on the move, directly from your smartphone or table. You can even use it to make real money deposits from your desktop to use on the mobile poker app while you’re on the go. In this version there are more games available than ever before, including Stud poker, 5-Card Omaha poker and even mixed game support. The newest version also ensures a slicker and more responsive interface that switches more smoothly to a vertical or landscape game layout, fixing some of the bugs that plagued the older versions of the app.
PokerStars Mobile is the natural extension of the popular website that lets you enjoy the same ground-breaking features and award-winning support that have made PokerStars.com the choice of millions of poker players around the world. For poker players constantly on the go, PokerStars Mobile gives you the same look and feel of the website version whilst delivering an experience that’s adapted to the gamer on the move.
Pros: ‘Play Now’ feature gives you instant access to your favourite games; player and tournament search; multi-table functionality; table chat; built-in game rules and player guides.
Cons: You can only play on four tables on most devices and five tables with an iPad; you will be disconnected if you take a phone call while playing; lack of third-party HUD software support.
This app gets 4.5 out of 5 stars.