Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to play real-money poker on an Android or iPhone in the United States?
Yes, poker players in the United States can now play real money poker on iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone devices at Carbon Poker. For full details visit our United States Android Poker section.
Can I download real-money poker apps from Google Play?
No, Google do not allow any type of poker, casino, lottery, bingo or sports betting app into Google Play (Android Market). Thankfully Android users are able to download apps from 3rd party websites and app markets so this is not a problem. Most poker app apk files can either be downloaded directly from the poker rooms website or from a third party app store like Getjar.
Which mobile poker room has the most poker fish?
In general you will find the loosest play in poker rooms that have large integrated casino operations. For instance, mFortune and 888 are both primarily online casinos. The majority of their customers are blackjack, slots and roulette players who rely luck rather than skill. When these players are flush with money after a big win, they tend to drift to the poker tables and play some extremely loose poker. Play at dedicated poker sites like PokerStars tends to be much tighter and there are always plenty of poker sharks looking for inexperienced players.
I don't have a data/internet plan? Can I still play poker on my phone or tablet?
Although most people now automatically receive a data package when they buy a new phone, you can still play any of the apps listed in this guide without one. All you need is an internet connection so you can still play if you have access to a WiFi connection. WiFi is very common these days and is free in many coffee shops, airports, trains, buses, bars, restaurants and offices.
Which Android compatible sites offer multi-table tournaments
Until recently, it was only possible to play Sit & Go tournaments or freerolls on your Droid. Thanks to a recent update to the 888 client, it is now possible to take part in MTT on any tablet or phone.
What are browser based poker apps?
There are currently two types of mobile poker clients on offer to poker players. Native poker apps and web apps. With native poker apps the user needs to download an apk file and install it on their phone or tablet. These are the standard type of “Google Play” apps that most people are familiar with.
Web apps run in your phone or tablets browser. The first time you use them you are usually asked if you want to add a bookmark to your home-screen for easy access in future. Web apps are virtually identical to native apps but have the advantage of being able to run on most types of mobile operating systems, including: iOS, Blackberry OS and Windows Phone.
Do I need to play mobile poker on a WiFi connection?
No, it is possible to play any of the poker apps listed on this website using either a 3G, LTE or WiFi connection. Most poker apps have been streamlined to minimize lag and ensure they run smoothly on even a poor connection.
Can I take part in tournaments on my phone?
Yes, thankfully now you can. The first batch of poker apps that were released only supported Ring Games but more and more poker apps are now offering Multi-Table and Sit & Go tournaments. Terminal Poker run a guaranteed tournament every hour, while 888 players can take part in Sit & Go tournaments at any time during the day.
Can I play “Speed Poker” on my Android phone or handset?
Fans of fast paced poker formats like Rush Poker and Zoom will be glad to hear that fast-fold poker is also available on mobile devices. Check out Terminal Poker for further details.
Can I create private tables when I want to play against friends?
Not all mobile poker rooms offer this facility but thankfully mFortune do. With mFortune you can create a private table for just you and your friends. The great thing about mFortune is that their client is compatible with 99% of phones, even the old Nokia ones gathering dust in your drawer. So even if some of your friends are Apple fanboys, Windows Phone users or Blackberry devotees, you can still take them on in a few games or Texas Hold’em or Omaha.
Will poker apps work on my old Android phone?
That depend on the type of app you are using. If you are using a browser based app like Terminal Poker or mFortune then you shouldn’t have a problem getting it to work regardless of how old it is. Apps that require an install like the 888 one may only work on devices running Android™ 2.2 and above. Most types of popular handsets are supported, such as the Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Nexus, Sony Ericsson Xperia, HTC Desire, Motorola Droid, HTC Sensation and the Acer Liquid.
Are poker apps free?
OK, poker apps are free to download and install. Most mobile poker rooms offer practice tables where you can compete without having to make a deposit or risk your own cash. If you are playing at these tables in a WiFi zone then it won’t cost you a penny. If you are playing on 3G or LTE then there may be a charge for the data used depending on the type of plan you have. It’s best to check with your network operator if you have any doubts.
Can I deposit or withdraw funds from the app?
Yes, all the poker apps featured in this website allow you to either make a deposit or withdraw cash from inside the app. There is no need to access your account from a PC or Mac.
Is there any difference between iPhone and Android apps?
No, in general both types of poker apps look and function in exactly the same way. Occasionally a new feature may be added to the iOS version first or visa versa but most of the time they are virtually indistinguishable.
Will I be able to play poker on my Android while I’m on holiday in the United States?
Yes, most Android apps will work fine regardless of your location. Apps developed for the iPhone and iPad may not work in certain regions due to geo-location restrictions, but you shouldn’t have a problem on a Droid.