Poker. It’s a game that anyone can play either for fun or even on a professional level. While playing poker with a few friends gathered round a table with a bottle of scotch can be an amazing amount of fun, we are in the technological age, and there are new and somewhat improved ways to play poker with tech.

mobileYou may be asking why you would play poker on the likes of a smart-phone? With such a small screen and no way to look your adversaries in the eye? Well while there are a few downsides to playing virtual poker, there are also a few advantages and those advantages are what we are going to be talking about today!

There are an incredible amount of mobile poker apps on the market at the moment, you can read one great review of one of the many available over on One great advantage that these apps offer, is the fact that you can practice with fake money. If you are a beginner then you probably don’t want to risk any large lump sums the first couple of times you play, which makes playing on a mobile device the perfect place to practice with other real players.

By playing through an app with fake money and with real players you get to experience the game in full and work out what hands are worth betting on and which hands are completely useless. While you’re not face to face with the other players, it’s still way better to play against other humans online compared to AI.

Comfort & Flexibility
Another massive advantage to playing poker with your mobile device is the improvement in comfort. As a mobile app allows you to play almost anywhere in the world with an internet connection, you can easily sit in the comfort of your favourite armchair at home and play calmly. Compared to the rushed and sometimes intimidating environment of a pro poker table, sitting in the comfort of your own home will allow you to relax, concentrate and be more confident as you play.

As you can play from almost anywhere, you don’t have to stop playing when leaving the house. Have a half our journey on a train? Just grab your phone and have a quick practice game to sharpen up those skills.

Other Players Can’t See You
This one is kind of a double edged sword… the downside is that you can’t see other players, which can make it a bit more difficult to judge the actions of the other people. On the other hand, the upside is that the other players can’t see you!

Hidden behind the screen of your phone, with the other players only able to see your avatar, no one can tell what you are thinking. Traditionally, poker is a game all about tells and body language in general, but playing on a mobile device removes that whole aspect, meaning that, that nervous twitch of yours when you bluff, doesn’t matter at all.

As you can see there are a few advantages to playing on a mobile design, but also a few disadvantages. However, if you want to practice and you want something you can play anywhere, then mobile poker is definitely the way to go.