For many years Apple were very unhappy about allowing online poker for real money on an iPhone. That reluctance is still evident in the fact that most iPhones do not support Flash to allow players to access online poker sites through an iPhone browser.
There are workarounds around this problem, but the simplest way to play online poker on an iPhone is to download real money poker apps from the iTunes store. If you have used the iTunes store before, you will know just how quick and easy this is.
Thereafter, you can log into your existing online poker account through the app and get access to a range of cash games, Sit & Go games and MTTs. If you do not already have an account with your selected online poker site, the facility usually exists on real money poker apps to create one for free (888Poker being the only exception I found to this rule).
Poker Websites Where You Can Play with An Iphone
Playing poker for real money on an iPhone has its positives and negatives. You get the convenience of being able to play online poker for real money at any time and from anywhere. However, not all real money poker apps for iPhone have the choice of games and depth of features that you would find on a downloadable desktop client.
Many of the basic functions still exist. You can deposit into and withdraw funds out of your poker account, chat with other players and monitor the progress of any poker site promotions you are participating in. What you cannot do is take notes on other players, review hand replays or use HUDs to improve your game.
As a rule, navigation is very simple (there is usually not so many games to choose from) and the on-screen controls make gameplay easy. Some players will object to being limited to a maximum of four tables but, for most online poker players, I cannot see this being a big issue – disconnections due to a poor Wi-Fi signal being my biggest gripe.
A Few More Pros and Cons
To compile this guide to playing poker for real money on an iPhone, I was using an iPhone 5. I understand that most real money poker apps for iPhone will work on iOS 4.3 or later, but have heard some players complain that the apps do not work so well on older mobile devices.
Because I downloaded real money poker apps from a number of sites, I used up quite a lot of space on my iPhone. I would not recommend that you have more than one online poker app installed on your iPhone at any one time, unless you have a load of free space available.
Looking at the positives, I like the smooth gameplay, the simplicity of the apps and being able to start a poker tournament on my desktop computer and then finish it off on my iPhone. As mobile gaming continues to grow, and poker sites invest more resources into the development of their apps, the standard is only likely to improve.
Real Money Poker Apps for iPhone – My Conclusion
If you do not already play online poker on an iPhone, my conclusion is to give it a go. The freedom that real money poker apps for iPhone give you to play poker whenever and wherever you like is amazing. However, I would suggest that you download the software from the comfort of your own home and get familiar with it before launching into a major mobile poker session.
You are also going to need a little more discipline when playing online poker on an iPhone. It is incredibly easy to get distracted and lose your focus from a game – more so than when playing at home on your desktop. Nonetheless, now that I have started playing online poker for real money on an iPhone, it is something that I will be doing far more often!