Guide to Playing Online Poker with Your iPad
The days when you needed to be sat at a desk in front of a desktop to play online poker are long behind us. There are now many mobile options, and very few devices are better than an iPad for enjoying the games.
Before you head to the real money tables, this iPad poker guide will give you all the info you need to find the best games at the best iPad friendly poker sites. If you are outside of the US, you’ll have a choice of downloading an app or playing in your browser window. US based poker players will find browser based games only at the offshore sites welcoming you.
App or Browser Gaming?
The biggest poker brands have developed apps which work on mobile iOS devices including iPhones and iPads. Apple don’t like real money gambling in their app store, so the best way to get these installed is to visit the poker sites from your iPad. Your device will be detected, and you’ll be offered the download. You will find dedicated iPad poker apps at 888 Poker, Party Poker and PokerStars.
Many other sites, including the US friendly Ignition Poker, offer iPad friendly games via their regular no-download software. These games work in your browser window.
There are pros and cons of both versions. If your iPad is shared by your family or for your work, then you might not want to download an app. This does take up space on your hard drive too. The benefit is that the games will be much smoother. Instead of needing to initialize in your browser each time you play, the main graphics and gaming software are held locally on your iPad. Only the bet amounts and random deal information needs to be transferred over the network. You’ll experience fewer lags and see smoother graphics. In the case of the PokerStars iPad app, you’ll be able to play up to 4 games at once if you download.
In browser gaming is useful if you want to access the poker games on the go. You will find the choice of games more limited (often only cash games and fast-fold poker), though many people prefer these for quick poker sessions! Not needing to download any software means you can access different poker sites much faster – for example if you wanted to jump into a special promotion.