“Never in a million years did I think that the sport of poker would blow up the way it did.” Those words were spoken by Chris Moneymaker, a man who also couldn’t have predicted what happened to himself in 2003. Poker player Chris — whose somewhat ironic surname comes from ancestors who used to make gold and silver coins — wasn’t a high stakes player, nor did he play full-time. He was working as an accountant when he decided to play a few casual games on Pokerstars, entering into a $39 satellite. Much to his delight, he won the satellite and the $10.000 ticket, and much to his surprise he then went on to claim the biggest prize in poker, taking home a total of over $2.5 million.
Chris’s success inspired millions of poker players, all of which tuned to the online game in order to repeat his amazing fortune. Before long the game of poker had gone from a relatively obscure game into one that was played over 60 million people in the United States alone. In 2010 two researchers, by the names of Ann-Christin Wilcke and Ingo Fiedler, conducted a study into active online players and concluded that the United States had nearly three times as many real-money online players than the country in second place, Germany. It has also been estimated that before Party Poker stopped allowing US players to join their site, 6 out of every 10 players on the site hailed from the United States, which is no mean feat when you consider that Party Poker was the undisputed king of online poker at the time.
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The biggest names in the game hail from the United States, from the old time legends such as Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth, to the current generation of superstars such as Vanessa Selbst and Tom Dwan. Although US poker has taken a hit in recent years, it continues to fight and there is hope on the horizon that the online gaming laws will change. In the meantime there are still plenty of sites available to US players, and in this article we’ll take a look at the safe and legitimate ones that also have mobile apps. Mobile poker seems to be where it’s at these days, not only allowing people to take their poker on the road with them, but also allowing the professionals to play online poker between hands at the big live events. It’s a revolution in poker and as the mobile poker market grows, the poker websites are rushing to claim their share.
Best Mobile Poker Sites
Unfortunately, not all sites that accept US players have mobile versions of their software, but that’s definitely the direction that online poker is heading in, so it seems that it’ll just be a matter of time. BetOnline, for instance, is one of the most popular sites for US players and deals with poker, casino games and sports betting, yet there is no poker app. Despite that, the poker software they have works for both Windows and Mac and they even have a mobile app for sports betting, so the poker app is probably not too far away.
The best poker apps tend to come from the bigger sites, but the majority of these don’t allow US customers. Pokerstars is a good example of this, and they have always led the way when it comes to online poker. Still, there are plenty of other options available and a number of these have mobile apps.
Carbon Poker is one of the best sites out there at the moment for players in the United States. In fact, Carbon Poker has impressed much of the poker community in recent years and has attracted players from all over the world. The Carbon Poker app is compatible with Android and iOS and it includes everything that the full version of the software includes, with cash games, sit and go’s and multi table tournaments. Players can even use the app to deposit and withdraw, without having to be redirected to the website.
The only downsides with the Carbon Poker app, in comparison to the full software, is that players can only play at one table at a time. This applies to many poker apps though and there is a possibility that it might change in the future, although how such an option would be implemented seems to be beyond many of the developers at this moment in time. There is also no sound on the Carbon Poker app, although few players bother with the sound anyway, preferring to listen to music or to simply mute the sounds, which can be irritating after a while.
One of the newest options for US players is Bovada, also known as Bodog, which promises to be a very exciting poker and sports betting website. This Canadian brand has a few unique options, including one that they call Zone Poker, which assures “the fastest cards on the web” and is reminiscent of Zoom Poker over at Pokerstars. The full Bovada poker software has a wealth of cash games, sit and go’s and multi-table tournaments, but unfortunately the mobile version only allows for cash games and Zone Poker, which itself is basically a fast-paced cash game. A lot of thought has gone into the mobile version though and it is very slick, giving the impression that it was designed entirely with Zone Poker in mind.
If you like fast-paced cash games then this is definitely the right place to be, but if you’re looking for a mobile game that will give you a wide selection of tournaments, then you’ll need to look elsewhere. Bovada will probably expand their app soon, but it needs more than a simple tweak or two if they are to stuff it with the same tournament and sit and go options that they have on their full software.
America’s Cardroom has been one of the most trusted and popular poker sites for a number of years, and it has always opened its doors to players in the United States — as you would expect — even though they currently use a European domain extension. As well as a $1000 matched deposit bonus, America’s Cardroom also promises to have the fastest banking options for US players, and they follow through on that promise. America’s Cardroom has a huge number of tournaments, both sit and go’s and guaranteed, and all of these are available on the app, which works with a range of smartphones and tablet.
Another plus with America’s Cardroom is that it uses the Winning poker network, which is renowned for having some very loose players. As it is a network and not a standalone website, it also has its fair share of players, and the guaranteed tournaments have plenty of takers whilst the sit and go’s don’t take long to fill. The software itself is very slick and smooth, and this translates into the mobile application.
Overall, a mobile application is usually a good way of telling if a site is legit or not. Unlike a website, a mobile app has reviews direct from customers that have used the software and the site, so the Android or iOS review pages for these applications can be a great way to check if the site is legit or not. If there are no reviews at all, or only bad reviews, then you should probably stay away from the app and the site in general (unless the bad reviews concern the quality of the app and not the legitimacy of the website). You should also avoid the websites that have apps, but only on their website, with no exposure on Google or Apple and therefore no way that you can check customer reviews.