Online Poker – Is Its Future Mobile?

By Julia Krotova
December 02, 2012

Do you believe that 50% of online poker traffic will come from mobile apps? Well, this could happen as soon as 2014.

Mobile Poker

The trend is shifting to mobile, especially with more people buying iPads, iPhones, and Android devices instead of bulky PCs and laptops. That said, most high-ranking professional online poker players will still rely on large screens and downloadable software. These guys aren’t the ones who are likely to be playing with a cup of coffee during lunchtime. They play hard, smart, and serious. Thus, mobile poker apps are likely to bring in the large pool of recreational online poker players – those who play to have fun and possibly win some cash along the way.

Improving Mobile Technologies

Most people use their mobile devices for entertainment only. They check email, play games, and update their Facebook pages; and with increasing regularity they prefer to do this on larger tablets than on mobile phones. Demographically speaking, most of these people are women and older people; clearly not the stereotypical online poker players.

In any event, online poker rooms continue to look for new technologies to make the mobile poker experience better than ever. For example, you can now enjoy multi-table poker on your mobile device; playing at up to 4 tables simultaneously. Superb graphics, fast software, and plenty of bonuses are guaranteed. The more mobile technology improves, the brighter the potential future of mobile poker. More and more people are starting to play mobile poker than other entertainment games. Many online poker rooms also hold special tournaments exclusively for mobile users. Cashing out and making deposits into your account on the go are now a reality. However, such widespread accessibility can also have some disadvantages.


Mobile poker could become incredibly addictive. As it is, most people are already glued to their smartphones. Throw in the gambling elements and adrenaline-fueled excitement of online poker and you’ve got yourself a major potential addiction. With people able to play from anywhere at any time, including at lunch, on breaks at work, or during their commutes even recreational fans of the game may soon find themselves completely consumed with online poker on their mobile devices.

Those with addictive tendencies and who seriously love the game of poker will find ways to play even if they’ve got no Internet connection nearby. To counter these negatives, many online poker rooms have implemented strict policies to try and curb accessibility to those who don’t know how to gamble responsibly. For instance, some have implemented pre-set loss limits.

Mobile Poker Reality, Moving Forward

The more new mobile poker apps that are being developed, the more sophisticated the graphics and features are becoming as well. In fact, plenty of iPhone mobile poker sites can boast decent software and fast deposit and withdrawal transactions. The competitiveness on the market promises to provide us with advanced, user-friendly, and easy-to-navigate software. With every new type of smartphone that gets released, the online poker operators will respond with excellent software to run on it.

Other value-added content these operators have begun to provide include the latest interviews with top players as well as tips and strategies that can help make recreational players a lot better. And of course, these are being made available on both the iOS and Android operating systems.

Thus, if you are still in doubt about the mobile future of poker, why not go ahead and keep an eye on what happens in this exciting field over the next two years. If what’s happened thus far is anything to go by, future developments should be quite impressive to say the least.



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Julia Krotova

Julia is a freelance writer with an affinity for poker. She plays in the occasional home game in the UK with her gal pals for low stakes and is an avid fan of free-to-play online poker games.



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