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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.

Poker Rooms for US Players

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iPad Poker Guide - Playing Free & Real Money Poker in iPad

US iPad Poker Options

Currently there is only one main option for US players looking for real money iPad games. This is via Ignition Poker. There is no app to download, though the games will work well in your browser window.

Ignition Poker will immediately direct you to their fast-fold poker variant – Zone Poker. This is a cash game with a difference. Instead of sitting at a table, you join a pool of other players – there is one pool for each buy-in level. Players from your pool are combined into hands of 6 players. As soon as you fold (which can be out of turn), you will be combined with more players in a new hand.

What this does is eliminate the time you will normally spend waiting for other players to complete their betting. This allows you to play up to 4 times the number of hands when compared to the regular cash games. If you are playing on your iPad, this is ideal for a quick poker session.

Ignition Poker also offer regular cash games via your iPad. If you have just been playing Zone Poker, these will feel very slow! Tournaments and Sit N Goes are only available via the download version of the Ignition Poker client.

Worldwide iPad Poker Options

Outside of the US the major poker brands are available. These sites are big enough to justify building their own iOS apps. If you are accessing real money poker games via your iPad, it is safe to assume that grinding a living playing 8+ tables is not your goal (you’ll need a desktop for this!). With that in mind, the right site for you will have a mix of easy poker games, a good choice of tables and poker bonuses and promotions which do not take weeks of hard playing to clear.

888 Poker hit that sweet spot. This is now the 2nd largest poker site worldwide, behind only PokerStars in terms of the number of players online. They have maintained a recreational feel that other sites find hard to reach.

You can download a dedicated iPad app at 888, or you can access the games via your browser window. I recommend the app, as this will give you access to the full range of tournaments and cash games – as well as the entertaining variations like SNAP! And Blast! Poker.