At the time of writing, it is almost five years since playing online poker on an Android phone was first possible. Originally thought of as a bit of a gimmick, poker for real money on a Smartphone really took off when Full Tilt Poker launched its Rush Poker app.
Since those early days of being limited to just one cash table at a time, real money poker apps have improved significantly. Multitabling functionality was introduced in 2012 and, as playing online poker on an Android phone increased in popularity, Sit & Go games and multi table tournaments were added to the game selection.
Now the choice of games and features available on Android poker apps is fast approaching that offered by desktop downloads. In fact most online poker sites with Android apps include banking and customer support in their products – meaning that you can top up your account (or withdraw your winnings) and resolve any queries you may have on the move.
Getting Started with Android Poker Apps
Personally I find the Google Play Store a bit of a jungle to navigate through. So I would recommend downloading real money poker apps from the sites at which you want to play and/or at which you already have accounts.
Most sites offer a choice of ways in which you can download Android apps to play real money poker. 888Poker, for example, gives you the choice of receiving a link by email or SMS to your Smartphone, or you can just scan the QR code on the website to get started.
It usually does not take a lot of time to download and install apps for playing online poker on an Android phone and, if you already have a funded account with the site whose app you have installed, you can start playing poker for real money on a Smartphone by simply logging into your account with the same details as you would use on a desktop client.
Playing Poker for Real Money on a Smartphone
I mentioned above that the choice of games and features available on Android poker apps is fast approaching that offered by desktop downloads, and so is the visual experience. The graphics on real money poker apps have improved immensely in the past five years, and playing poker for real money on a Smartphone is really easy due to easy-to-navigate lobbies and simple game control features.
One of the biggest advantages of playing poker for real money on a Smartphone is that you have more accessibility to poker sites. This will enable you to clear bonuses faster, participate more in poker site promotions and earn player points towards VIP reward programs when you might otherwise have been sat on a train or in an airport departure lounge twiddling your thumbs and waiting for the time to pass.
However, when you are playing online poker on an Android phone, there are a couple of disadvantages. Players using real money poker apps are not isolated from the rest of the player pool. Those playing on desktop clients have access to third-party software such as HUDS that you cannot use on an app for playing online poker on an Android phone. It is also not possible to make notes on your opponents.
Real Money Poker Apps for Android Phones – My Conclusion
If you have been considering playing online poker on an Android phone, but been a bit apprehensive about what it entails, my conclusion would be to give it a go. Playing poker for real money on a Smartphone is just as secure as playing on a desktop client and has plenty of advantages in terms of bonuses, rewards and promotions.
My advice would be to download the software onto your mobile phone from home and get familiar with the navigation in an environment where you will not get distracted. Maybe play a few games for play chips before playing at a table for real money so that you also get familiar with the game controls. Thereafter, you can play online poker on an Android phone whenever and wherever you like!