7 Apr

Multiplayer Poker Apps to Play with Friends

How to play multi-player poker on iPhone, Android or any web browser.

Multiplayer Poker Apps to Play with FriendsThere’s a whole wide world of opportunities in the virtual realm. While you’re sitting at home, exacerbating the indentations on your sofa cushions, you could be doing a whole lot more than staring blankly at the television. Sure, Tiger King enraptured us all for a brief moment, but there’s only so much binge-marathoning enjoyment to be had from Netflix. At some point, the need for social interaction takes over, and it’s at that moment that I hope the following words of wisdom will provide you solace, and some much needed brainwave activity.

I’m am talking about learning a new way to play games with your friends. Not just any game, but the most stimulating card game on the planet – poker. It’s a game that encompasses every facet of focal intensity and interactivity. In essence, the more you pay attention, the more you can win, and if you’re playing at the right places, you could be winning some real money. Even playing for fun awards bragging rights to the winner, and I can assure you, it feels good to be king or queen of the roost.

The remainder of this informational text assumes that you already have the necessary knowledge to play poker. If not, or if you’d like to sharpen your existing skills, the following links should help you out. Otherwise (or afterwards), please continue reading below.

Play Multiplayer Poker with Friends & Others

Now on to the real reason you’re here. I’m going to start with a brief commentary on what you can expect from the experience. If you want to skip this and get straight to the games section, click here or scroll on a bit further.

How it Works: Thanks to vast technological breakthroughs over the last decade, playing poker on an app, or on a desktop or laptop computer, is largely similar to playing in a real-life setting. The only difference is, of course, that your friends aren’t really seated across the table from you. Instead, they are viewing the same virtual poker table on the screen of their own chosen device.

Fairness: The cards are randomly shuffled and dealt by a random number generator, or RNG. The RNG ensures that the cards are randomized just as well as a physical deck shuffled by a mechanical shuffling machine, setting the scene for an utterly unpredictable game. Yes, it is possible for a programmer to create an app with a ‘stacked-deck’, so to speak, but rest assured, all of the platforms listed on this website are RNG-certified for fairness.

Game Play: Each player views their own cards, just as they would in a real life setting. A variety of game play options are available at the tap of a mouse or finger, including all playing and betting options (Fold, Check, Bet, Raise). It’s all pretty self-explanatory once you get seated at a table. So long as you are familiar with the rules of the game you’re playing, you should have no problems progressing through a hand.

Interaction: Communicating with your opponents during an online multiplayer poker game is always an option, although how you do it will be determined by the app/website you choose to play on. Some are far more advanced than others. On the lowest level, you’ll have to type your conversation in a chat box. At the higher end of the scale, you may have microphone audio, or even video chat capabilities. Just remember that the greater the communication quality, the greater quality device you may need to play on.

Real Money: Most players are content to play poker with friends for fun, using play-money chips, but not everyone. If you want to play for real money, your options will be more limited. First of all, you must live in a country like Canada, where online gambling is not prohibited by law. Second, you must choose a real money poker app. The detailed list of poker apps below will designate, among other things, whether real-money is an option or not.

Multi-Player Poker Apps

The following is just the beginning of what will soon become an exhaustive list of multi-player poker sites and mobile apps. I intend to add more on a daily basis (Mon-Fri), so bear with me and check back often for updates.

Each of the items below comes with a personal review. I’d like to say that they are unbiased, but that may not be the right term for this. It might be more appropriate to say that they are honest. If I feel one is superior to anther, I’m going to say so, and I’ll tell you why I came to that conclusion, because each player’s favoritism for a particular site or app will and should be based on their own personal circumstance.

Some of you want real-money apps. Some are looking for iPhone or iPad compatibility. Maybe you want to play high-end video-enabled poker tables. That’s what these reviews, and the categorical check-lists for each, are meant to provide – a quick and easy confirmation of whether each item will meet your needs and desires. So, without further ado, here they are, in no particular order except the order in which I test and review them.

Disclaimer: I touched on this already, but please – please! – if you intend to play real money multiplayer poker, make sure that you aren’t breaking any laws by doing so. It all depends on where you live. Canadian online gambling laws are very different from US laws, Australian laws, European laws, etc. Know the laws where you live and abide by them. I take no responsibility for your actions beyond this point.

Table of Contents

Use the following table to jump to a specific poker platform, or continue scrolling. If one of the platforms listed in this table is not linked, I have not yet reviewed it, but I intend to. Feel free to check it out on your own, or come back soon for updates.

888Poker – Real Money Poker for Real People

888Poker Multiplayer Poker App888Poker gets the first position on this list because, frankly, it’s the online poker operator I know the most about. I’ve been playing here for years. It’s been in operation since 2002, but in those days, the company was known as Pacific Poker. Now, 888 is among the largest internet poker operators in the entire world, and one of the few brands approved to operate in the limited number of US states where iGaming is legal – a fact that speaks volumes to their integrity.Players can enjoy 888Poker from virtually any device. PC, Mac and Linux computers; iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets; if you can access the internet with it, you can play 888Poker on it. Android and iOS apps are avialable, and the browser platform is built in HTML5 for omni-optimization.

You’ll find 888poker.com is geared primarily towards real money play. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Interac Online, InstaDebit, and other convenient ways to move money in and out of an account. There is a play money version at 888Poker.net, but this review is primarily for the real-money edition.

What I like most is the simplicity. They offer a lot of variety, but not so much that the lobby becomes convoluted. Cash games on offer include Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, and 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo. A full schedule of multi-table tournaments is available with major weekly and monthly guarantees, and the SNG menu is constantly bustling. 888Poker also offers its signature SNAP and BLAST Poker games, for those looking for a bit more flare.

As a real-money poker experience, you can expect a lot of promotions to bulk up your bankroll, starting with a free no-deposit bonus when you register a new account. Other promos are always available thereafter, with regular deposit bonuses and cashback awards topping the list.

Considerable Considerations: There are two points to be made that could be seen as potential drawbacks. 1) If you don’t live in a jurisdiction where real money poker is allowed, you will not be able access 888Poker.com or 888poker.net. They cater to real money players above all, and as such, to protect their own rear ends, prohibit access from any other locations. 2) You can no longer create private tables at 888Poker. While it is possible to play with friends, you cannot limit table access to friends-only. Other real people from all over the world will be able to come and go from your table, provided seats are open.

888Poker Specs

Website, mobile apps and HTML5 (any browser) optimization.
Website
Apple Store
Google Play
HTML5
Who can I play against?
Real People
Computer Bots
Friends
Friends Only
Any subscription / download fees? Can I play with and win real money?
Subscription Fee?
Real Money
Play Money
IAPs
What poker variants are available?
Texas Holdem
Omaha
Omaha 8/B
Other
What poker formats are available?
Ring Games
MTTs
SNGs
Other

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partypoker – Play Online Poker Games Anywhere

partypoker Mobile Apppartypoker is another top-shelf platform that caters largely to real-money players all over the world. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Gibraltar, partypoker operates under the financially robust wing of GVC Holdings, owner of more than a dozen globally popular internet casino, poker and sports gambling brands. On a side note, the lack of capitalization in the name partypoker is intentional; a branding decision on the marketing team’s part that, as a literary journalist, irritates me to no end. Sorry, but it had to be said…

The poker platform is HTML5 optimized to run in-browser on any moderately equipped computer or mobile device, so there’s no need to download any software. There are apps available for both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. The layout is clean, and navigation is straight forward, assuming you know your basic way around the virtual felt. You can communicate with other players at the table using a basic text chat window.

Real money players are partypoker’s primary clientele, but there is a whole free-play section in the lobby for those who don’t wish to risk their own cash. You’ll find these games in the main lobby under the ‘Play Money’ tab. If you’d rather get real chips on the table, you’ll have access a multitude of secure payment methods, such as Apple Pay, Interac, eTransfer, iDebit and many more.

partypoker has a good range of poker variants to choose from, as well. The ring games menu offers Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo and 5 Card Draw. As for tournaments, the schedule is packed with MTT and GTD variety, and there’s more than enough traffic to constantly fill seats in the SNG menu. To make the tournaments realistic as possible, players can even engage in deal making at the final table.

Playground Party: For all you Canadians reading this, you may be interested to know that partypoker is the official partner of the Playground Poker Club. In fact, if you’re a club member of the Playground, you’ll want to choose partypoker as your internet poker provider, since you can now link your accounts and play the exact same games and tournaments from Playground’s live tables, without ever leaving home. If you’re used to playing with your friends at the Playground Poker Club, tell them about it too and you can continue playing together online.

Considerable Considerations: Like 888Poker, partypoker only allows players from jurisdictions where online gambling is not prohibited by law. Regardless of your intent to play for real money or just for fun, you will not be able to sign up if you live in a restricted location. Likewise, partypoker no longer supports private tables. This means you cannot password-protect a table and invite friends only to play. You and your friends are welcome to play on the same tables, but you can not prevent others from taking any empty seats are/become available.

partypoker Specs

Website, mobile apps and HTML5 (any browser) optimization.
Website
Apple Store
Google Play
HTML5
 (Get it here*)
Who can I play against?
Real People
Computer Bots
Friends
Friends Only
Any subscription / download fees? Can I play with and win real money?
Subscription Fee?
Real Money
Play Money
IAPs
What poker variants are available?
Texas Holdem
Omaha
Omaha 8/B
Other
What poker formats are available?
Ring Games
MTTs
SNGs
Other

*Google Play does not offer the partypoker app for Android. You can download the app directly from partypoker.com. The link above (and here) is not a direct download link. It will take you to the partypoker page that provides a download link, along with instructions for downloading applications from “unknown sources”.

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Bluff Avenue – Private Online Poker Games

Bluff Avenue Your Own Private Online Poker Cash Games and TournamentsBluff Avenue is a unique social poker platform in the sense that it was specifically designed to cater to private online poker cash games and tournaments. Public groups are available, but most people who use it are transitioning their old home poker goes to an online platform, or looking for ways to play against friends and family from the comfort and convenience of home.

There is no money involved. It’s 100% free, 100% legal, and available to everyone on the planet. However, it’s still powered by old-school Flash technology, which means that only computers, desktop or laptop, are capable of accessing it. Android and iOS smartphones and tablet are not. That could certainly be a deal breaker for a lot of potential players. If not, continue reading…

At Bluff Avenue, users can host their own private tables, setting the stakes and rules of each game. You can host cash games with up to 9 seats, or private tournaments, in MTT or SNG format, for as many as 90 players. Game variants include Texas Hold’em, Omaha, or Dealer’s Choice. The software interface is user-friendly and very straight forward.

I’ve found two significant reasons why Bluff Avenue might be the best choice for a lot of people looking to play poker online with friends. First is an integrated VoIP voice chat mechanic called TableTalk. It can be toggled on or off, and gives players the ability to talk to one another as they would at a live poker game. All you need is a working mic and speakers on your computer. Headsets work great too.

Second is the ability to create groups by location. Let’s say you live in Saskatoon, and you want to play with other people from Saskatoon. Set this as your group’s location and others from Saskatoon can find and join your group.

When you sign up your account, you’ll see Favorite Groups on the left hand side. Press that and you’ll have the option to Join or Create a Group. When creating groups, you can set a variety of parameters, including Public, Restricted or Private, and your geographic location. When creating games, you can choose from a variety of special rules, like live straddles, rabbit hunting, showing a card, seven deuce game, calling the clock and more.

Every group has its own URL. If you create a group called Dinkleburgers, your group link will be www.bluffave.com/dinkleburgers. You can email or text the groups’ link to anyone you wish to invite. If the group is Public, anyone can search for it and join. If it’s Restricted, anyone can search for it and request to join, but the host must approve it. Making the group Private means it won’t appear on the search list. Only those who know the URL will find it, and the host must approve any attempt to join.

Considerable Considerations: The biggest problem I see with Bluff Avenue is the Flash build. As it stands now, only computers can access the games, and when the year is out, that won’t be an option either. Most browsers will no longer support Flash after December 2020. Its creators will need to do some major renovations in the coming months, converting to HTML5 at the least, or Bluff Ave will soon become obsolete. According tot he Bluff Ave Blog, they are scheduling maintenance times in which the servers will be down. They haven’t said why, but hopefully these fixes are on the way.

Bluff Ave Specs

Website, mobile apps and HTML5 (any browser) optimization.
Website
Apple Store
Google Play
HTML5
Who can I play against?
Real People
Computer Bots
Friends
Friends Only
Any subscription / download fees? Can I play with and win real money?
Subscription Fee?
Real Money
Play Money
IAPs
What poker variants are available?
Texas Holdem
Omaha
Omaha 8/B
Other
What poker formats are available?
Ring Games
MTTs
SNGs
Other

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Pocket Poker Room – Mobile Poker with Friends

Pocket Poker Room App for iOS and AndroidIronic that this app should get reviewed immediately after Bluff Ave, as it is, in all reality, the exact opposite. Where Bluff is a computer-only program, Pocket Poker Room (PPR) is only available for iOS and Android mobile devices. It’s compatible with smartphones and tablets running iOS 8.0+, and Android 4.4+. What you can’t do is access it from a desktop computer.

This is a fantastic app for playing private tables with friends, especially if you’re looking to recreate old-school home poker games. Then again, public table traffic is abundant enough to find a good game against real people any time of day or night.

Clear instruction is right up front, making navigation a breeze. Aesthetically, I found the graphics and fonts to be nice and crisp, so you don’t have to squint to make anything out – an all-too-common problem with smartphone poker apps.

The poker variety includes just the basics – Texas Holdem, Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo, with FL, NL, PL as applicable. There are four in-game currencies you can play with:

• Red chips are the basic play money you’ll get for daily logins. You can buy more with Gold chips, if you wish.
• Gold chips can either be won in special tournaments, or bought as an IAP. Their primary use is buying more Red chips.
• Emeralds are awarded for daily logins and for watching video ads. They cannot be bought. These can be used to play in ring games and tournaments where Rubies can be won.
• Rubies are the closest thing to real money in Pocket Poker Room. You can only win them by playing games with Emeralds. The value of 1 Ruby is equal to US-$1. You can’t withdrawal this as cash, but you can exchange it for various giftcards or even Bitcoins. Learn more here.

In the poker lobby, you can jump straight into a ring game, MTT or SNG. They also have Fast Poker tables, where you are swept immediately to another table with a new hand anytime you fold. To play among friends only, choose Private Rooms from the top-left menu. Pick someone to be the host. This person will create a private group. They will be in charge of creating ring games and tournaments for the group, and are the only one capable of chip distribution among its members.

All in all, it’s not a difficult process, but there are a lot of features to explore. I don’t yet understand all of them myself, but I’m anxious to keep learning.

Pocket Poker Room Specs

Website, mobile apps and HTML5 (any browser) optimization.
Website
Apple Store
Google Play
HTML5
Who can I play against?
Real People
Computer Bots
Friends
Friends Only
Any subscription / download fees? Can I play with and win real money?
Subscription Fee?
Real Money
Play Money
IAPs
What poker variants are available?
Texas Holdem
Omaha
Omaha 8/B
Other
What poker formats are available?
Ring Games
MTTs
SNGs
Other

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Poker Face – The Video Chat Poker App

Poker Face Group Video Chat Poker AppDid you ever video chat on your phone? How about a group video chat? Most of us have done it, and it’s a great way to communicate with a group of family or friends all at once. Poker Face is a revolutionary mobile app that allows you to play poker while video chatting with up to five people/players at once.

It’s easy enough to use. Download the app from Google Play or iTunes, register an account, and give it permission to access your contacts (necessary to invite friends). Click on the Live Friend Group Video Chat button and open a table. Press Get Started and you’ll see a list of any friends on your contacts list that already have the Poker Face app, and send an invite to those that don’t. From the open table, tap those you want to invite to a game and enjoy!

That’s the short story, and it’s a summary that would pique anyone’s interest. This is most definitely an app ahead of its time. There are no other platforms out there boasting the same capabilities, at least not yet. In that regard, I feel like we have to forgive its creators a few notable shortcomings – all of which I can only assume are being addressed.

One common complaint is that you can’t “stand up” or “sit out” of a hand. This is a basic feature of other poker platforms, but one that’s sorely missing from Poker Face. If you have to step away for a few minutes, you’re going to be dealt in each hand you miss, and auto-fold every one of them. A sit out option, maybe even a group pause button, needs to be added.

There are no buy-in limits for ring games, either. Hosts can set the blinds, but not the buy-ins. Everyone having significantly different chip stacks to start a NL game isn’t exactly fair. This could be remedied by allowing friends to launch private single-table tournaments, with even stacks and increasing blind levels. Multiple users have asked for this already, so hopefully its on the creator’s to-do list.

All in all, the Poker Face App is a grand concept with a lot of tweaks to be made. I commend them for their efforts to date, and hope this work-in-progress lives up to its enormous potential.
With that being said, let’s talk about some of the finer points. The software is RNG-certified for fairness. The graphics are good and well positioned, considering everyone’s video chat window has to fit in a minimal viewing area. I actually recommend playing on a tablet, just to make it easier to see everyone. This app boasts the ability to look your opponents in the eye, as you would at a real live table. The larger your screen, the easier that will be to do.

Another point concerning smartphones and tablets, you’re going to need one of above-average quality to run this app smoothly. Remember, this is up to five live video chats your running on your device, while maintaining connection to a busy poker server. Your internet connection must be solid, and your device processor fast enough. I would suggest an iPhone 7 or above, or a superior Android smartphone, at least a Samsung Galaxy 8. For tablets, any iPad 10+ or Galaxy Tab S3 (or equivalent) should do the trick. If you still have problems, it may be your WiFi that needs upgrading.

Poker Face Specs

Website, mobile apps and HTML5 (any browser) optimization.
Website
Apple Store
Google Play
HTML5
Who can I play against?
Real People
Computer Bots
Friends
Friends Only
Any subscription / download fees? Can I play with and win real money?
Subscription Fee?
Real Money
Play Money
IAPs
What poker variants are available?
Texas Holdem
Omaha
Omaha 8/B
Other
What poker formats are available?
Ring Games
MTTs
SNGs
Other
(not w/ friends)

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PokerHost.co – Manage Your Own Poker Room

PokerHost.co Private Multiplayer PokerThis is a unique set up, unlike any of the other real money and social poker games we’ve discussed yet. Poker Host is a website that allows you to run your own online poker room, of sorts. You choose what types of games to host, in ring game or tournament fashion, structuring every bit of it from blinds to bankrolls. All that’s left to do is invite the people you want to play, and you’re off to the races.

As simple and appealing as that sounds, there’s a few details you need to know, first.

Number one, do not confuse PokerHost.co with the .com version. That second one is an unregulated real-money poker site based out of Curaçao and accepting USA players. That’s 3 red flags right there, all pointing to irresponsible ownership, if not illegal management. Moving on…

You don’t need to download anything to play poker here. If you were hoping for a poker app, sorry – there isn’t one. Built in HTML5, it’s already compatible with all system browsers. PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, they’re all compatible.

Anyone can sign up an account. All you need is a name, email and basic location. You can be as specific or vague as you want, entering your city, province, or country. If you plan to be invited by a Host, simply wait for your invite to come. Thumb twiddling is not discouraged. If you’re going to be the one doing the inviting, you must apply to become a Host. To do so, you can shoot an email to pokerhost.co@gmail.com asking to become a host, or call 715-966-0758 (based out of Wisconsin, USA – not toll free). They’ll get your account set-up and provide you with basic instruction.

Poker Host is not free for everyone. Invited players join for free, but hosts have to play a small monthly fee for their hosting abilities. Let’s review…

  • Host Account – Monthly Fee ($1-$20)
  • Invited Player Account – Free

There are three levels of paid membership for hosts. Their titles and features are as follows.

  • Basic Tournament Host: Set up private, password-protected single or multi-table tournaments; no rebuys or addons, no “Cashier” options, no ring games. Fee – $1 to $20 per month, depending on players / usage.
  • “Cashier” Basic: Set up private, password-protected ring games and single or multi-table tournaments with rebuys and addons; full “Cashier” options. Fee – $10 to $20 per month, pending usage.
  • “Cashier” Plus: Set up private, password-protected ring games and single or multi-table tournaments with rebuys and addons; full “Cashier” options. Unlimited players, tables, tournaments and usage. Fee – $20 per month, based on usage.

A Cashier has complete control over every player’s bankroll. The cashier can giveth, and the cashier can taketh away, increasing or decreasing each players chips as needed. If this sounds like an omnipotent power, it is, so if you’re part of a home poker group looking to take your games online, make sure you choose the most honest and reliable person among you to play host.

Another impressive feature of this site is the extensive game variety. Ring games can be hosted in Texas Holdem, Omaha, and Omaha Hi-Lo in FL, NL and PL formats. 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo and Razz are also available in FL only. This is where a cashier’s ability to adjust chip stacks comes into play. Instead of setting a buy-in fee, everyone’s chips can be leveled before each game to put everyone on equal ground.

All in all, this is a good place to set up private multiplayer poker games, but unlike some of the other ones on the list, it’s not free (for the host), and it’s not a highly trafficked website. At time of writing, there were only three players logged in – one being me – and no one actually playing. Since all games are private table affairs, that should matter, but it doesn’t bode well for popularity rankings.

PokerHost.co Specs

Website, mobile apps and HTML5 (any browser) optimization.
Website
Apple Store
Google Play
HTML5
Who can I play against?
Real People
Computer Bots
Friends
Friends Only
Any subscription / download fees? Can I play with and win real money?
Subscription Fee?
Real Money
Play Money
IAPs
(hosts only)
What poker variants are available?
Texas Holdem
Omaha
Omaha 8/B
Other
What poker formats are available?
Ring Games
MTTs
SNGs
Other

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Vegas World Poker – Part of the VW Casino Experience

Play Vegas World Poker Multiplayer OnlineVegas World Poker is the Texas Hold’em extension of Vegas World Casino, a complete social gaming experience with an HTML5-build. Put those qualities together, and you get a free, multi-player gambling package that’s cross-platform compatible with all devices. That means you can use it to play poker online with all of your friends, anytime, at no cost.

VW Poker is presented in a cartoon-esque 3D world. Each player selects an avatar to represent them at the tables. There are 24 to choose from, 12 male and 12 female. That’s not as many as you’d think, since they include all ethnicities and hair colors. There’s often some matching avatars at each table, but that’s hardly worth filing a complaint. The emotes are fun, the cards are easy to read, and the games are certified fair.

Texas Hold’em is the only poker variant on the docket. You can customize your private tables to feature 5 or 9 seats, with blinds scaling from 50/100 up to 5k/10k. Dealing can be set to normal or turbo speed. Once you’ve set all the parameters and opened the table, you can invite your friends by clicking the friends list (top left, just under the menu button) and tapping each friend you want to join.

To get all of your friends added to each others friends list, have everyone sign up an account then log in. Do not choose a game yet. Each of your nicknames will appear in the lobby. One at a time, click on the name of a friend, then press the +Friend button.

Note that you must register a free account (as opposed to a Guest account) to create private tables, add people to your friends list and save your bankroll for the next visit.

As I said, VW Casino is a complete faux-gambling package. It’s not just a social poker room. You can also enjoy games like roulette, video poker, slot machines, bingo, and virtual sports. As far as I know, poker is the only multi-player game on the menu.

One of the highlights of Vegas World Poker is its universal compatibility, not just in browser, but also via mobile apps. It was built for seamless game play in all major browsers, on all major operating systems – all desktops, smartphones, and tablets, including PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Window Phone, even Blackberry. No download is required to play. For those who prefer to install mobile apps for everything, VW Poker has those too. Cross-platform compatibility means that even if all your friends are logging on from a different type of device, via browser or app, everyone can still play together.

Vegas World Poker Specs

Website, mobile apps and HTML5 (any browser) optimization.
Website
Apple Store
Google Play
HTML5
Who can I play against?
Real People
Computer Bots
Friends
Friends Only
Any subscription / download fees? Can I play with and win real money?
Subscription Fee?
Real Money
Play Money
IAPs
What poker variants are available?
Texas Holdem
Omaha
Omaha 8/B
Other
What poker formats are available?
Ring Games
MTTs
SNGs
Other

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Blockchain Poker – Play Free Poker with Real Bitcoins

Blockchain Poker – Play Free Poker with Real BitcoinsThis is a poker site where you can enjoy online poker against real people anytime, from anywhere, on any device, without a download. You can open private tables and compete only against the players you invite, or join in any active game you have enough chips to buy into. That alone makes this site worthy of inclusion on this list, but Blockchain Poker has some very unique factors to be considered; namely the fact that you’ll be playing with real currency.

The site is free, don’t get me wrong. But the 100 free chips they give you to start are actually 100 Satoshis, which are a minuscule fraction of a Bitcoin (BTC). A single satoshi is equal to 1/100,000,000 of a BTC, which means that, at the current exchange rate (time of writing), those 100 satoshis are worth just under one cent (CA-$0.00987792).

If you run out of those first 100 satoshis, they’ll give you 100 more, again, and again, as many times as you need to continue enjoying the games. And if you happen to win enough to be worth cashing them out into a Bitcoin wallet, you can do that too. You can also deposit in Bitcoins to have more chips. So, technically, Blockchain Poker is a real money poker site, except that you don’t have to deposit to win anything, and standard currency never passes through the site. It’s 100% Blockchain based.

Being an anonymous currency, account registration is optional, and no identifying information is taken if you do register. Even as a guest, you can take full advantage of the Bitcoin features. The only benefit of registering is that you can access your account from more than one device. At least, that’s how the creators describe it.

Blockchain Poker claims they can keep up with a guest account on one device, and it’s proved true so far. Each time I’ve visited the website, they instantly recognize my guest account. However, if you’re going to take advantage of the BTC offerings, I would suggest registering with a password. It would be a shame to do well on the virtual felt and lose it all because you cleared your browser history, cookies and/or cache.

That being said, the games themselves aren’t anything fancy. It’s green felt on a grey screen with basic card graphics. There are no avatars or emojis, just a basic text chat. All games are played as NL Texas Hold’em. Ring games and free BTC tournaments are always available.

For a private game, click on Lobby, then Create Table at the bottom. Enter a name for it, choose the blinds, turn time and seats (2, 6 or 9), then set a password. Follow the same steps from the Lobby > Tournaments window to create a private tournament. Tell your friends the table/tournament name, give them the password, and you’ll be flipping digital cardboard together before you know it.

Blockchain Poker Specs

Website, mobile apps and HTML5 (any browser) optimization.
Website
Apple Store
Google Play
HTML5
Who can I play against?
Real People
Computer Bots
Friends
Friends Only
Any subscription / download fees? Can I play with and win real money?
Subscription Fee?
Real Money
Play Money
IAPs
(Cryptocurrency)
(Free BTC)
What poker variants are available?
Texas Holdem
Omaha
Omaha 8/B
Other
What poker formats are available?
Ring Games
MTTs
SNGs
Other

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Play WSOP – Free Online Poker from WSOP Official

Play WSOP – Free Online Poker from WSOP OfficialPlay WSOP is a free social poker app from the official World Series of Poker; in their words, “the world’s most authentic free poker game”. I’m not sure I agree with that statement. I also don’t think it’s the user-friendliest, but there are plenty who swear by it, so let’s let’s continue…

There’s no download required to play on any device (desktop or mobile), although mobile apps are available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire. It’s a bit of a resource hog, so if you don’t have a graphic card in your PC, or decent processor in your mobile device, you may experience lag, disconnects and/or other aggravations.

On your first visit, you’ll be asked to sign up an account through email, or login instantly with Facebook of Google+. I highly recommend Facebook, for reasons we’ll discuss later. Once you’re in, you’ll be led on a brief tutorial that takes you into a Texas Hold’em game, teaches you how to choose buy-in size, and gets you familiar with the betting options. Finish the first hand, leave the table, and the tutorial continues to show you that clicking Play Now will send you straight into a cash game that suits your bankroll, without having to choose a buy-in level. From there, you’re on your own…

If you’re familiar with online poker, it should all make sense to you soon enough. If not, it’s going to take a lot of getting used to. For instance, there’s no defined Lobby with Cash Game and Tournament sections. To play a cash game, you must click a game type, Texas Holdem or Omaha (from the left side of the screen), then choose your buy-in level, or press the Play Now button and let the program decide where to put you. To play a Tournament, scroll through the open events and tourneys listed to the right of the cash game section to see what’s available. The buy-in for each event is displayed below its title.

Making friends isn’t the easiest thing to do, either. You have just two options. You can click on the name of a person you’re at the table with and press the Add Friend button, represented by a head with a plus sign (+) by it, or you can sign in with your Facebook account and have instant access to all of your Facebook friends who also have the game, and connected it to their Facebook account.

This is why I strongly urge using Facebook to sign up. Ask your friends to get the game and sign up with Facebook as well, and you get to skip the friend-adding process altogether. Otherwise, getting onto a table with your actual friends isn’t the easiest thing to do when they aren’t your friend yet. This and the lack of a viable MTT/SNG tournament lobby are probably my biggest gripes with the Play WSOP platform.

Once you have some friends on your list, it gets easier to play with them. From the main screen, click on your profile button (top left corner). In the new window that appears (you must scroll down on some devices to see it), your friends will be listed. Click the Call To Game button below a friend’s name to invite them to join you in a cash game. You can also send your friends chips in this window if you want.

Overall, I think this app is best suited for those who are already familiar with the online poker scene, or are at least bored enough to read through the FAQ pages and explore the many options to learn all about the many features hidden within.

Play WSOP Specs

Website, mobile apps and HTML5 (any browser) optimization.
Website
Apple Store
Google Play
HTML5
Who can I play against?
Real People
Computer Bots
Friends
Friends Only
Any subscription / download fees? Can I play with and win real money?
Subscription Fee?
Real Money
Play Money
IAPs
What poker variants are available?
Texas Holdem
Omaha
Omaha 8/B
Other
What poker formats are available?
Ring Games
MTTs
SNGs
Other

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Poker Heat: Play Poker with Friends on Your Phone

Poker Heat: Play Poker with Friends on Your PhonePoker Heat is another mobile phone app for iOS and Android that allows users to play online poker in a realistic virtual environment. When you first launch the app, you can login with Facebook or choose to play as a Guest. If you want to give it a trial run first, press Guest, accept the user agreement and get right into it. Otherwise, you might as well connect to your Facebook account (if you have one), since this will automatically populate a friends list for you. All of your Facebook friends that have Poker Heat will appear as your friends, and you’ll be able to send invites to download Poker Heat to all those who don’t have it.

That’s Poker Heat in a nutshell. Here’s the good news…

Once you’re in the app, you collect chip bonuses every four hours to help keep your bankroll on the uptick. You’ll also unlock bonus spins on a Mega Wheel by achieving various tasks. For example, playing 10 hands unlocks the first spin.

You can get right into a game by pressing Newbie Court on the main screen. You’ll be seated with other real players of newbie status, where you’ll automatically be dealt into the next hand. The button layout makes it extremely easy to understand what’s going on, and what your options are, even if you’re new to the game.

The more you play, the more you’ll level up, opening access to higher stakes tables. They include tables like the Blind Spot (Lvl 3), Victory Cage (Lvl 5), Fortune Field (Lvl 10), all the way up to Imperial Dome (Lvl 60), where the buy-in is $30M.

If your friend(s) don’t already have Poker Heat, you’ll need to invite them before you can play together. Tap the People icon in the top right corner. Three options appear on the left; Friends, Gifts and Invite. If you connected via Facebook, tap Friends to see who has Poker Heat, and press their name for further actions.

Pressing Invite gives you the option to send quick invite links to your friends via Facebook, Messenger, Skype, email, text message, or any other supported means of communication you happen to have installed on your smartphone or tablet. You’ll get 200k chips for every friend you invite that joins. Once a friend is on your list, you can invite them to any poker table you’re seated at, provided there is an open seat for them. Just press the invite button on the seat and choose the friend you want to join from your list.

And now for the not-so-good-news…

The bad news, in my opinion, is that the app was developed by Playtika, the same people that created the Play WSOP app. The games themselves are great, don’t get me wrong, but navigation is anything but standard. There’s no traditional lobby. You cannot choose a table to play on. Instead, you choose a level of play (Newbie Court, Blind Spot, etc.), and are thrown onto a table of the app’s choosing. This makes it harder to play directly with friends, despite the fact that the app’s description repeatedly promotes game play against friends. Each friend will need to click the same table level at the same time and hope they get thrown into the same game.

I have yet to figure out where the tournament menu is, although the game’s description on the Google Play and Apple Store states they do exist. If these are limited to Poker Heat’s occasional GTD promos, that’s not much of a tournament roster.

I think this app will appeal to a lot of people who love good, clean, cash game poker tables with highly emotive interaction. However, I’m not sure it’s a good choice for beginners, or tournament fans, or those with more than one friend they want to compete with/against.

Poker Heat Specs

Website, mobile apps and HTML5 (any browser) optimization.
Website
Apple Store
Google Play
HTML5
Who can I play against?
Real People
Computer Bots
Friends
Friends Only
Any subscription / download fees? Can I play with and win real money?
Subscription Fee?
Real Money
Play Money
IAPs
What poker variants are available?
Texas Holdem
Omaha
Omaha 8/B
Other
What poker formats are available?
Ring Games
MTTs
SNGs
Other

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