Switch Poker

Switch Poker is focussing entirely on the mobile poker market which means it is one of the few operators that will let you sign up, play and bank all via your mobile phone. Since its software is completely independent this also means that the player pool is smaller than with poker apps for mobile developed by the major operators. However, its bespoke seating algorithm means you should not have to wait too long for a game.

Its 5% rake is pretty average for Texas Holdem games; shame there is no mobile poker first deposit bonus. Compare it with other mobile poker games here.

SwitchPoker .com is doing lots of things right: it is the first Android poker app to enable players to play multiple tables at the same time, its games are compatible with more phones than many other new poker apps out there (no Adobe Flash player required) and it is always trying to improve its games.

However, its success will ultimately depend on whether it manages to earn players’ trust.

1. Game Selection

The only tables currently available at Switch Poker are heads up and 6-seater no limit Texas Hold’em games. It claims it is also developing 9-seater and sit&go tournament poker for mobile, with other games also planned.

In the mean time for extra excitement you could try competing in one of its rake races in which the top five players contributing to rake all receive a share of 1000 euros.

Another nice feature are the hand histories, which again can be downloaded to your phone – everything about this operator’s games are designed with the smartphone poker player in mind.

2. Fairness

Switch Poker claims its software is compliant with FIPS but it does not provide any information on any third party certification. The best mobile poker apps will get their random number generator (RNG) sofware independently audited to confirm its fairness, although exactly how independent auditors can be when their salaries are basically by their clients remains to be proven.

3. New Player Bonus

After it launched, the first 250 players at Switch Poker (SP) received a $10 no deposit mobile poker bonus that could be used for real money cash play. However, this bonus has long since expired and there is no mobile poker sign up bonus currently available.

On the plus side, this means that everybody using the app is playing with their own money. It may be worth keeping an eye on the SP blog in case it decides to offer more mobile poker no deposit bonuses to increase the number of new players joining.

Instead it seems Switch Poker is hoping word-of-mouth combined with a decent friend referral bonus is the best way to attract new players at the moment. You will receive €50 for every friend that joins and contributes over €200 to rake.

Bonus Clearing Requirements

By needing to contribute €200 to rake to clear a €50 bonus this is the equivalent of setting a four times (4x) play through requirement. This is a little above the poker average.

4. Player Pool

Switch Poker has set up its own independent poker network so the pool of players is currently pretty small and the games can be tough, as they can be anywhere these days to be fair.

5. Mobile Banking

Since everything you do at Switch Poker, from sign up and depositing to game play withdrawal, will be done via your Android mobile, cell phone, iPad, iPhone of iPod Touch then the banking options available are tailored to this medium and may be unfamiliar. Currently the only three alternatives are:

  • Skrill (from Moneybookers)
  • Bitcoin (see this explanation on Wikipedia if you’re unsure what Bitcoin is)
  • Neteller