iPad Poker

Most poker apps for iPhone will also work for iPad, however some are more iPad friendly than others. Native iPad poker apps for download will typically run more smoothly, have more features and display better than browser-based web apps.

However, technical considerations are the only reasons to choose one real money iPad poker app over another. The best apps, whichever tablet, mobile or cell phone you are using to play, will also offer a market-leading combination of:

  • poker game variety: Omaha as well Texas Hold’em; tournaments as well as ring games
  • bonuses: either an extra incentive to start playing for real money, or better still, a free trial
  • player pool: new iPad poker apps will always face the difficulty of attracting enough players to make their network hold together.

Compare the best iPad poker apps below and choose the one that suits you.

No. Poker for iPad Software Features
1. mFortune Web App Get £5 free trial
Completely independent but doing all the right things to build a big player pool.
2. PokerStars App iOS 3.1 requirement
Multi-tabling, Omaha, ring games and sit&gos – simply the most complete app out there.
3. bwin App Ongame player network
The first real money poker app to be accepted into the App Store, whatever that means.
4. Bet24 App Sportsbetting too…
Part of the same Ongame poker network as bwin. Its app is very similar.
5. Terminal Poker Web App 200% new player bonus
Omaha as well as Texas Holdem; play on your PC, mac, iPad or any other device.
6. SwitchPoker Web App Bitcoin banking option
Player pool is growing by the day as this independent poker network gears up…

Notes:

  • All these varieties of poker for iPad will work wither either a 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi Internet connection. However, clearly reliable connectivity is going to give you a lot of piece of mind when the cards are falling. (Maybe a good reason not to move around too much while you’re playing also.)
  • Some apps require the latest version of Apple’s iOS platform to work properly – find out how to update your iPad operating system here. Although you may want to check what features you will gain or lose first.

Also worth a mention – this selection is focussed entirely on real money poker. Head to the newmobilecasinos.com homepage to compare casinos with iPad slots, roulette and other table games.

iPad Texas Holdem Poker

As you’d expect with the most popular of all the varieties of poker, Texas Hold’em for iPad is the most common poker game available in both real money and free / fun money versions.

All our recommended apps offer Texas Hold’em tables, usually with the option to choose between 2 or 6 seats although Switch Poker claims it is developing its app to offer 9-seater Texas Holdem ring games for iPad too.

There are what seem like hundreds of free Texas Holdem poker apps for iPad, although the number may be closer to 20. This is a feature of the App Store interface, which makes it difficult to search efficiently for precisely the kind of app you’re looking for. A search for Texas Holdem will display poker hands apps, odds calculators, timers for blinds and real money poker apps as well as the free ones.

And a few pit you against computer opponents instead of real players, which misses the point of poker completely.

Here are our top five:

  1. VIP Poker HD – this is one of the few apps to really take advantage of the iPad high definition screen resolution
  2. Zynga Poker – seemingly the most popular free poker app for iPad or iPhone (and there are Android and Facebook versions too)
  3. Poker Free HD – a great option for practising heads up ring games with a mate (compatible with Bluetooth)
  4. Texas Holdem Poker Deluxe – another iPad app that has crossed over from Facebook and so far received good ratings.
  5. Mega Poker Online – the reviews of this one are nothing special but it’s a better than average option from a not particularly great selection.

iPad Poker Tournaments and More…

One thing that is so far missing from most poker apps for iPad are sit & go tournaments. So far the only real money iPad poker tournament app is the one from Pokerstars but keep checking back to see if other networks have launched their own tournament apps since this feels like a feature that will popular with players.

Tournaments aren’t the only feature missing from many real money apps at the moment – only Pokerstars and Terminal Poker offer Omaha; multi-tabling on iPad is also scarce, surprising given the screen resolution – the iPad would seem to be the perfect designed portable device to make multi-table poker more mobile.

Probably this is simply a case of supply and demand: if or when iPads and other tablet PCs become more popular, the online poker features we have come to expect will surely transfer across more completely.

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