Obsession of the Week: Pokerstars Mobile
My guilty pleasure is playing poker online. Now, let me just confirm that I am neither amazing nor even remotely good at it. I occasionally get lucky. But I generally play rather small buy in games and it’s a harmless hobby.
I’ve not played for quite a while, but then I discovered Pokerstars had gone mobile… cue me spending 2 hours of my life on the iPhone playing last night.
Android users, fear not though, it is also available for you! No Blackberry or Windows version yet though.
Easy Sign Up/Login
Your existing Pokerstars account details will work on the app and, if you don’t have an account yet, you can sign up free from within the app. It’s actually easier to register from within the app than on a desktop in many ways (on desktop you have go to the site, download the software and then register from then). But this was straightforward. One niggle is that each time you close the app down, you will have to log in again when you open it – but this is most likely a security feature as people do have real money in their accounts.
Play Money and Real Money
Alright, those of you who have an aversion to gambling needn’t be excluded from poker! You can play in British Pounds, Euros, US Dollars and Canadian Dollars. I do not have an aversion to gambling so I’ve been playing for real money! It’s easy to add cash to your account and withdraw it from right within the app.
Finding Tables and Tournaments
There’s a ‘play now’ button that just puts you right into the action with an immediate table. Alternatively, you can go to the lobby and find the table you want.
I’m running this app on an iPhone 5 with iOS 6. It runs incredibly, incredibly quickly. No lag or anything that that’s on a standard home broadband connection. I haven’t played on 3G yet.
I have just 2 complaints with the app. If ever I leave a table on my iPhone 5, it crashes the app. In addition, I have to sign in every time I open the app. I get that it’s probably a security thing but nonetheless, I’m someone who’s used to just being signed in automatically to things.
On The Whole…
I LOVE it. Granted, I haven’t looked into any competitors’ offerings, though I have played some other poker games online before. But the app works well, there’s only the odd glitch, I like the fact you can play with pretend money if you just want to enjoy the game without actually spending.
Learn to Play
If anyone’s considering this and doesn’t know how to play yet, you can do that on the Pokerstars website. Start by learning the hand rankings, how the mechanics of the game work etc. But ultimately, it’s going to come down to practice and mastering the art of bluffing!