bwin Mobile Poker

bwin has staked a claim to being the first operator to launch poker for iPhone and get its product accepted by the App Store. This probably says more about the size of its operation and the influence it is able to exert in important places than anything else. Having said that, not even bwin has managed to get its Android poker app in the Marketplace…

But apps it has and they are as mobile-friendly as anybody else’s so if you have an iPhone or Android handset then the bwin mobile poker apps will be top of your list of games to try.

1. Game Selection

bwin, possibly as part of its bid to be first, has launched paired-down poker apps for smartphones. The focus is on playability of the few games it offers more than providing variety. Given that the number of players downloading mobile poker apps remains fairly small this is a smart decision – there’s no point offering Texas Hold’em mobile poker tournaments if we are going to have to wait 20 minutes for the tables to fill up only to find that we’re playing against the same people we did in the previous one.

At the time of writing, the mobile poker alternatives offered by bwin are all Texas Hold’em ring games. Choose between:

  • Heads up games (2 player tables)
  • 6-seater tables

2. Fairness

There’s no easy way to measure the fairness of a poker network (mobile or otherwise), particularly when there are many factors outside the control of poker operators themselves. However, it should be a comfort for you to see the following certificates on the bwin poker homepage:

  1. eCogra partnership – provides evidence that bwin is secure as well as offering third party dispute resolution.
  2. Responsible Gaming – bwin has an excellent section of its website dedicated to advice and support on how to gamble in a controlled way. It also displays the Gamcare logo.

3. New Player Bonus

There is no dedicated bwin mobile poker bonus to get people playing its iPhone and Android apps – apparently bwin (not unlike other operators) is relying on word-of-mouth to attract players to its product. However, if you are new to bwin poker then you will still be entitled to the normal poker starting bonus:

  • 100% free mobile poker money (with 2.8 times clearance requirement)
  • Rookie and newbie freeroll games.

Bear in mind though, that since the bwin mobile poker apps are currently limited to cash play, the only way to enroll in the freeroll tournaments is via your PC.

Bonus Clearing Requirements

We calculate the clearance requirement as the ratio of the amount you will need to contribute to the poker rake in order to clear each dollar of your bonus. At bwin this ratio is just under three so to clear a $10 bonus you will need to contribute $28 to the rake. Since the bwin rake is usually about 5% this means you will need to spend at least $560.

4. Player Pool

As part of the Ongame mobile and PC poker network, using the bwin mobile app will mean you are always up against different players. On the downside, it is worth remembering that most of these players are likely to be sitting down at the virtual tables via their PCs, which may give them an advantage if you are accessing via your phone. Having said that, tablet or iPad owners with a good internet connection and stable Wi-Fi may find that the game play is even enhanced.

5. Mobile Banking

No surprises here: bwin poker offers one of the most complete arrays of poker banking options anywhere online including eWallets like PayPal, voucher methods like Ukash and even new mobile-friendly alternatives like Skrill from Moneybookers, as well as all the major credit and debit cards.