Despite the fact that the technology to properly transfer online poker to mobile devices has been around for quite a while now, the major online poker operators were surprisingly tardy in releasing their Android and iPhone apps to allow poker players everywhere to take their games with them wherever they go. The reason that most of the online poker industry was late for the mobile online poker revolution was not the fact that they failed to keep up with technological advancements, but rather that they simply did not deem the mobile online gambling market ripe enough to warrant their participation. Anyway, all that is a thing of the past now. Those interested in playing poker on their mobile phones or various other mobile devices, can nowadays do so at pretty much every one of the major online poker operators.
What is there to know about poker for Android though? Android-based devices are indeed extremely popular, and what that means is the fact that online poker rooms focus a great deal on coming up with a state-of-the-art app for this platform.
Installing the poker for android applications of an online poker room on an Android-based mobile device is truly a cinch. The online poker rooms go to great lengths to make the installation and the download process as simple and straightforward for players as possible. Once the app is installed, most players can simply use their regular username/password combinations to log into the interface and to start playing real money poker. There may be sites out there which will require existing players to create a new account for the mobile app, but these are few and far between.
Now then, once the software is installed and launched, first-time players will probably be pleasantly surprised by the intricacy of the games, the excellent graphics and the unexpectedly rich game selection. Poker for Android is a lot like regular online poker. Game selection is pretty much the only respect in which it is still struggling to keep up. In their poker for Android applications, most online poker operators still do not offer access to multi-table tournaments for instance. The reasons for that are obviously technical in nature, but it is a huge impediment nonetheless, especially considering that the majority of the online poker traffic of every online poker room out there is made up of tournaments players.
PokerStars’ state-of-the-art poker for Android application is pretty much the only one in the industry which currently offers access to multi-table tournament action. Still, with its excellent game selection, the PokerStars Android poker app falls short when it comes to freerolls: none of these can be played through the Android app. The world’s largest online poker operator runs several interesting and engaging freerolls each and every day, and there are indeed recreational players out there who play at the site solely because of these freerolls, looking to just have some fun and maybe snatch up a few VPPs in the process.
The bottom line is that the poker Android devices can currently handle, is still not sophisticated enough to offer players a mirror image of the games available through the regular online interface. The games are enjoyable indeed, but those into certain specifics may not find the current setup fulfilling enough just yet.