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888 Poker for Mobile

By mid 2013 there was finally a link to the 888 poker app from the site’s homepage. After a lengthy “beta” testing period in which the 888’s Android-only poker app was limited to existing customers that were up for playing poker guinea-pigs, the huge UK poker operator is now fully committed to its Android, iPhone and iPad applications.

There is an impressive list of supported Droid phones (which includes Motorola’s Droids, Acer handsets, Samsung and many others) and it genuinely feels as though 888 will be a serious competitor for mobile poker in 2013 and into 2014, particularly given the company has now also launched 888 poker for iPhone and iPad.

1. Games

888poker’s Android real money games are the app’s strength: it features sit’n’go tournaments, as well as the cash games that most mobile-optimised poker operators are focussing on. The only poker style offered is Texas Holdem.

Another nice feature is that from within the same app you get access to some of 888’s other sports betting applications.

2. Fairness

888 is licensed by the Government of Gibraltar and independently audited by the folks at eCogra. You can even see expected RTPs for 888 casino games on the eCogra website. The link is to a certificate from November 2012; we would expect to see certificates for 2013 in the not too distant. As usual, if you have any doubts you can get a historic list of your poker hands – player-powered quality assurance is often more effective than a so-called independent audit, allegedly.

A somewhat separate aspect of fairness is sites’ commitment to making it as easy as possible for their customers to play poker in a responsible manner. 888poker’s support for gambling responsibly is as good as any we’ve seen here at poker-mobile.org.

3. New Player Bonus

No prizes for guessing that it’s a 100% bonus 888 is offering new players. There are a couple of nice extra bonuses for new players too but first let’s check how easy it is to get your free poker money.

Bonus Clearing Requirements

To get a $10 bonus you need to earn 100 status points (SPs). You get 2 SPs for every $1 contribution to the 888 rake, e.g. via a tournament fee. So to get 100 SPs you’ll need to contribute $50 to rake, which equates to a play through requirement of five times (5x) the bonus, for comparison purposes. This is relatively high.

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You also get access to a few freeroll tournaments, especially for first depositors.

4. Player Pool

888 Android poker games are played on the Pacific Poker network, which is how this site used to be known. This is still one of the bigger networks out there with another six sites according to PokerScout’s summary page.

Of course, what we’re all interested in is whether all these other players are pros that are going to steal all our money stealthily or lucky muckers that will also win all your money but more blatantly. Either way, your screwed!

5. Mobile Banking

As you’d expect from one of the biggest casino and poker operators in the world, the banking options are endless. You’ll find all major credit cards, Skrill, Neteller, PayPal, Click and Buy as well as a host of other lesser known options, many of which are country specific.

Bet365 Poker for Mobile

If you want to play Bet 365 Poker on your mobile, it must be an iPad or iPhone. Although the graphics show a non-Apple phone next to the iPad, the site does make it known that its exclusive Poker rooms are available on the iOS platform only.

If you use Apple, therefore, you are in for some serious Poker at Bet365. This detail may tell you a bit about the community at the Bet365 casino and sport betting site.

The bonus you will claim at 200% cash-match added to your first deposit can reach £1,000. Another great bonus is the free £100 freeroll. All the loyalty points you rack up playing mobile here goes into your main balance, thankfully. You will get hooked, we are sure, and will want to play both at home on your desktop or laptop and on your mobile.

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At the time of writing Bet365 also is offering a Premium Christmas Present contest, which you participate in by playing and meeting daily challenges. The prizes range from expensive TVs, laptops, phones and tablets — the top prize, however, is a £5,000 holiday vacation.

This is a trend we have identified and expect to see more of in 2014: exciting prizes in addition to cash winnings. Look to Bet365 as a leader with this sort of thing.

Exclusive Gaming

Bet365 TIP: You can meet your daily challenge in half the time by playing at the Premium Tables.

There is a nice twist at Bet365’s Poker centre: new players can play at special tables reserved for new members only. Even so, all points earned by playing at these tables nevertheless go into your normal site-wide total.

That is so fair-handed and sensible (so sympathetic to newbies!) that we’re really appalled that more online Poker halls don’t do the same. We’re always on the lookout for real signs that a casino is fair with its generosity.

You won’t find a lot of visual previews of the app, or hype about anything at Bet365. You’re not likely to play with a lot of teenagers and hacks here, because the whole place has the feeling of exclusivity. It’s a higher class clientele, even though the house is not ramming a bunch of VIP sensationalism at you. Get more effective gaming tips here

Once you do enter as a member, however, you will be floored by the quality of this app. The graphics, not surprisingly, are quiet and conservative.

You’ll see a hardwood floor backdrop, a nice green felt table without distracting hype all over it, the players’ chairs and plenty of crucial information about the hands. We love the way the pot’s chips stack up clearly at the top middle.

Banking on Bet365

Having already sensed the trustworthiness from things we just said, wouldn’t you expect a top-notch selection of payment and withdrawal options? Of course you would.

Bet365 delivers just about the widest, deepest banking department we’ve seen yet, and it includes these popular, safe services:

  • PayPal (the one and only!)
  • Neteller
  • Skrill / Skrill Tap
  • Paysafecard (for deposits)
  • Ukash (for deposits)
  • Entropay
  • Click2Pay

Best of all, Bet365 has licensed full services in each case, including withdrawing, although the limits vary for each service.

Bet365 is everything it can to give you a fair chance to enjoy and win at mobile Poker gaming (on Apple iOS). Will you take the challenge?

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Red Kings Mobile Poker

On the one hand there’s still a lot missing from the RedKings Android poker app. On the other hand, if you’re sick of PokerStars, like the idea of choosing your bonus and have an Android phone or tablet then those are three good reasons to check this app out.

1. Game Selection

RedKings’ mobile poker games have a long history. They began life as a very basic app for the early group of internet ready phones from Nokia, Sony Ericcson and the like. Only recently have they jumped on board the smartphone ship with a native app for the Android operating system. A little later than some and earlier than others.

And still no iOS compatible app – iPhone and iPad owners will have to wait a little while yet, which is odds since Ongame’s iOS app was launched some time ago: apps like bwin for iPhone have been in the App Store since early 2012.

Poker Varieties

The Texas Holdem ring game is the only variety of poker so far offered. Yes you can choose between different types of pot: fixed, limit, no-limit. No you can’t sit and go, no you can’t play the freerolls or any other tournament for that matter.

Fast Fold Poker

No equivalent of Full Tilt’s Rush Poker format yet either. Given what a great fit this style of game is with mobile or tabet poker this is a shame.

2. Fairness

RedKings’ fairness is by definition a question of the fairness of the Ongame network. Once again you’ll find those in favour, those against and those who have been playing there for years and are still complaining about a possible house-bot they lost $100 to back in 2003.

The standard tests still apply:

RedKings does claim to have a “dedicated team” for identifying and putting a stop to collusion and will “investigate every complaint”.

3. New Player Bonus

Choose the $250 option to get best value from your RedKings mobile poker bonus.

Bonus Clearing Requirements

3.3x rake contribution – you will need to be seeing the flop and getting involved in your mobile cash games to contribute to the RedKings rake. Once you have contributed $33 you will have earned enough points to qualify for your first $10 bonus, hence the clearance requirement of just over three, which is fairly average.

 

4. Mobile Banking

The banking options at RedKings Poker are incredibly only Neteller, Webmoney, Moneybookers, ClickAndBuy and Click2Pay. Of course you can also effectively deposit with credit and debit cards just by opening accounts with one of these eWallets. Still it’s a pretty unusual setup.