Top 10 UK Mobile Poker Sites
If you are new to the world of mobile poker, or simply looking for a new place to play, you’ll find the number of companies out there to be completely mindboggling. So, we’ve put our heads together and produced this list of the 10 best mobile poker sites, meaning you simply have to sign up and get playing! The list is, of course, only our opinion, but we like to think that we know what we are talking about, as we’ve been playing mobile poker for a long time.
PokerStars is without doubt the number one place to play poker on your mobile. It’s a huge company with millions of players, and it is also endorsed by a massive number of pros, who all regularly play on the site at all levels (find them using the player search feature). You’ll get seated in just seconds here too, thanks to the quick play feature. In addition, managing your bankroll is completely safe with PokerStars on your mobile, thanks to the encryption they use. It doesn’t matter what language you speak either, as the number of supported languages on PokerStars is almost impossible to fully list…
Perhaps the best feature of PokerStars though is that the variety of tournaments, cash tables and freerolls is absolutely huge – far more than any other site out there. The amount you can win from some of the tournaments on your mobile stretches into thousands and thousands of pounds, plus you can also win seats to some of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, including EPT and WPT events. To maximise your profit further, PokerStars also offers a multi-table feature, allowing you to play up to five tables at once on the iPad, and four on the iPhone and Android devices.
What negative features does PokerStars have though? Well, the truthful answer is – not many! All we can think of is the fact that home games are not currently supported on the mobile version of PokerStars, and the fact that account information can’t currently be changed through your mobile. PokerStars is constantly evolving though, meaning that these features are quite likely to be available soon – we’ll let you know as soon as they are!
So, if you are looking to get started with mobile poker, PokerStars is our top choice for you. Whether you are a small stakes player, or a high-rolling whale, PokerStars has the tables, prizes and features to give you everything you could possibly need!
2. 888 poker
Coming in second in our list of the 10 best mobile poker sites is 888 poker – a site that has stealthily increased its presence and reputation over the past few years. It might not have all the bells and whistles found on other sites, but there is one characteristic of 888 poker that makes it stand out – there are more fish here than the Sealife Centre! This means that anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of poker should be able to play at the low stakes tables and make some good money, even if the cards don’t fall particularly favourably. If you are looking to play at high stakes though, PokerStars is probably a much better option, due to the greater variety of tables there.
We really love the design of this site, as it is perhaps the most intuitive mobile poker site out there. The buttons are perfectly placed in order to avoid those dreaded misclicks, while the main menu gives almost instant access to all the important areas you’ll want to get to. The chat feature on 888 poker is also second to none, although be careful what you say – make sure you don’t give anything away to the other players at the table!
So, how many players are there to win money from on this site? Well, mobile players will be mixed in with those playing on their computers, so the pool of players is huge. When you also include the fact that 888 poker is the 2nd most popular poker site in the world (although it still has about 10x less players than PokerStars), it is clear to see 888 poker is a great choice for those looking to join a highly regarded mobile poker site…
Are there any negative points though? They could do with adding some more tables – although this is a problem throughout the 888 poker network – plus it would be really good if they’d add the webcam feature to their mobile games. We’d love to see a multi-table feature too, although casual players won’t be too bothered about this.
PKR is known throughout the online poker world as being one of the most innovative sites out there, especially thanks to their famous 3D avatars. PKR fans will be glad to know that they have transferred their table layout straight to their mobile offering, meaning that you can still make your character laugh, cry and even cluck like a chicken! Okay, so this might not be something that attracts big name players to the site, but casual players will love the fun they can have. It is, without doubt, the most social mobile poker site out there. Those worried about having a slow connection can opt to play in 2D as well.
If you cut through the 3D graphics and really get down to the important points though, does PKR still seem as impressive? Well, the answer is an unequivocal “yes”! There’s a good selection of different types of poker to play – such as Hold ‘Em, Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo – and they are all available to play in sit & go or straight up cash games. In addition to this, it also offers a welcoming and fun place for new players to learn their craft, and has a great tutorial for all new players to take advantage of. Of course, the beginner tips found on Droid Poker are much better though…
Perhaps the biggest downside of PKR Mobile is the fact that it doesn’t cater too much for more serious players. Beginners will find loads of action, but more serious players will often find a real lack of people to play against. The general concept of the site is to be a fun and social place to play though, so high rollers aren’t really their target market. It should also be remembered that PKR requires a good connection, thanks to the high quality graphics, so it is generally best played when a Wi-Fi connection is available.
4. Party Poker
With the domination of PokerStars and 888 poker, Party Poker sometimes gets forgotten about – which is a real shame in our opinion. It’s been around for a long time and was one of the real trendsetters back in the formative years of the online poker industry. We aren’t judging it on past glories though – we’re placing it at number four due to the fact it has a number of great features for all types of poker players. It’s also owned by the same people who own the World Poker Tour, meaning that it has some serious power behind it. Forget Party Poker at your peril…
What justifies this place at number four on the list though? For starters, there’s the FastForward poker feature, which allows you to race through hands at the speed of light, by getting new cards as soon as you click the fold button. What’s more, there are loads of different cash games available to play at, however they only come in the form of Hold ‘Em – hopefully Party Poker will allow players to play other forms of poker on their mobile very soon though! We also love the way the mobile experience looks, with crisp graphics and easy-to-use navigation.
Negative points? You can’t deposit or withdraw on the mobile app and only cash games are available at present. This means that this isn’t the place for tournament fans or sit & go aficionados to play. Finally – and this might not be a negative for some – the players found at Party Poker are generally quite good, therefore meaning that winning is a challenge here. Those looking to improve their poker playing skills will find this to be a plus though, not a bad point!
One of the newest players to the mobile market is Winner, and it looks like they’ve produced a great mobile offering to satisfy their many players. Sure, they aren’t as well-known as some other sites, but they do offer a multitude of different tables and some really great features to make the experience easy and enjoyable. At the time of writing, this app is still in its beta stage, so even more features could be added in the near future. Don’t forget about the bonuses as well, as Winner offer perhaps the best found anywhere in the world of mobile poker…
Like most other big players, Winner offers a Speed Poker feature, allowing you to fold and immediately be dealt into a new hand on a new table. This is great for those looking to get as many hands in as possible during their lunch break, although not so good for those wanting to delve into the tactics of playing for prolonged periods at a cash game. If Speed Poker isn’t your thing, they also offer standard cash games against others on the Winner network. These tables also range from micro-stakes through to significant amounts of cash, meaning that all levels of players are catered for.
One down side to this app is that there seem to be a few glitches, which can cause the game to freeze for a few seconds, or for the menu to refuse to scroll. We are sure this is simply due to the fact that the app is in its beta stage though, and these will be sorted very soon. The rest of the site works really well though, and it also looks incredibly attractive — something that will come as no surprise to anyone who has played at the rather good-looking Winner online poker site.
One final thing to mention is the bonus received here, because it is simply stunning. There is nowhere else we can think of that will give you £10 simply for signing up, and then provide a whopping 250% Welcome Bonus up to the value of £2,000. If you pick where you play based on bonuses, look no further than Winner!
And now for something completely different… mFortune offers players the chance to play standard poker against other competitors, or the fun and potentially profitable Hi-Lo Poker. Whichever you decide to play, you’ll be hugely impressed with the overall feel of the mFortune site, as well as the huge prizes that could potentially be yours! There’s no need to jump straight in to either game though, as mFortune also offer the chance to gamble with play money in order to get your bearings initially.
So, let’s start with the standard poker offered on mFortune. It would be wrong of us to suggest that it rivals the dedicate poker sites, such as PokerStars and Party Poker, in terms of detail and player numbers. However, what can be said is that this is a friendly and social place to play. What’s more, the vast majority of players are novices, so you could clean up if you already have the know-how! Don’t expect to find £100,000+ tournament prizes here though, as you’ll be disappointed. What we are trying to say is this: go to mFortune if you care more about a fun and social game, and less about striking it rich.
The Hi-Lo Poker is definitely a massive bonus for this site as well, as it provides a different pace at which to enjoy this game. There’s no bluffing, tactics or patience involved – you simply have to go along the board, guessing whether the next card is going to be higher or lower than the last. It is poker in name only, but a nice distraction for those looking for a break from the real thing. Furthermore, mFortune also has loads of mobile slots and other casino games to play, making every visit to this site a different experience.
If we had to criticise anything on this site, it would be the fact that poker isn’t their number one focus, therefore meaning it often doesn’t feel as slick as some of the other games there. When they realise that they can make some serious profit from this game though, they’ll really start to plough some time and money into making it great. If this happens, there’s no reason why mFortune can’t rise further up the rankings.
At number 7 in our top 10 mobile poker sites is Bwin, a poker company that has been around for a long time and has developed a dedicated number of regular players. They are reasonably new to the world of mobile poker though, but you wouldn’t know it judging by the quality of their mobile offering. But why do we think they deserve a place in the top 10?
Firstly, they offer a really good feature to new players, by automatically displaying the best hand on screen, so that you don’t need to spend forever staring at the cards blankly, or quickly hopping online to Google the different hands you can make! For more experienced players, there is also a poker clock you can download, although this is solely for use when player tournaments away from the online world. It’s a great feature though, and well worth mentioning.
We also feel it is fair to praise Bwin for the design of the site, which is really simple, yet also incredibly effective. They’ve realised what some other sites should – poker players want to get to the game quickly, and not be distracted with any needless buttons or pointless graphics. From another point of view though, some might consider it slightly boring – but they’ll soon change their minds when they start winning big on the tables!
Perhaps the only main concern we have about this site is that they only offer Hold ‘Em – something that isn’t really acceptable for a major poker site. Players from only a select number of countries are allowed to play here – including the UK – so we would like to see this change, in order to encourage more and more players to the site. Overall though, the good outweighs the bad significantly, meaning that this is a really great place to play poker on your mobile.
8. Full Tilt Poker
The next entry on our list is slightly controversial, as all seasoned poker players will know. In 2010 they were investigated, along with brand ambassadors Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson, for gambling violations and money-laundering. While this scandal dragged some major players through the mud, and saw the owners in serious hot water, it has now passed and Full Tilt Poker can be seen as a serious player in the market again. In addition, it is now owned by the same group as PokerStars, bringing some much needed expertise to the whole company.
In terms of mobile poker, Full Tilt offers just the Rush Poker part of its site to mobile players, meaning that it can’t be used to play standard cash games, sit & go or tournaments. This is obviously disappointing, however the Rush Poker experience makes up for this. It allows players to start a new hand, on a new table, as soon as their current handed is finished. This allows for the maximum number of hands possible to be played – therefore leading to the maximum amount of profit! New players can also use play money on the Full Tilt mobile app.
What else is there to say about the Full Tilt Rush app? Well, it makes withdrawals and deposits incredibly easy – something that some other sites could learn from – and it also allows some account details to be changed directly from your mobile. It also offers a number of different languages, which are set depending on the language used by your OS, although PokerStars has considerably more.
The reasons why Full Tilt Poker doesn’t come higher in our rankings are the fact that they only offer Rush Poker (despite the fact it is very good) and also the rather annoying fact that only one table can be played at a time. With serious players loving to multi-table, this is something that really needs to be sorted out! For those simply looking for a quick game though, packed full of fast paced excitement, this could be the place to come.
There’s no doubting you’ll have heard of Ladbrokes – after all, they are in every High Street and on the TV all the time. What many don’t know is that they offer mobile poker on their site, as well as sport betting and slots. They offer both video poker and standard poker to all players, with both offered as an app, although you’ll have to download them separately. What’s more, thanks to the size of their site, they offer some really nice jackpots, as well as table games with large buy-ins – perfect for those looking for big wins!
So, what really makes Ladbrokes stand out though, aside from the prizes? Well, perhaps the main reason it’s been included in this list is because they offer some really nice and innovative features, with the main one being their Weekly Leaderboard. This allows players to battle to the top by playing as much as possible, with the winner getting a prize of €500. Adding an extra level of competitiveness to an already competitive game really ramps up the excitement! We also love the way that they treat new players, through features such as the Beginner’s Race.
The only reason this site doesn’t come higher up the leader board is because it doesn’t have quite as many features as some of the other large poker sites – it sometimes seems like they are trying to concentrate on too many areas, and poker is sidelined in favour of their more lucrative sport betting site. If they start to push their mobile poker a little more though, we see no reason why they can’t rise further up these rankings. After all, there aren’t many sites offering both video and table poker!
10. Switch Poker
Switch Poker is the only table poker site offering the chance to play poker exclusively on a mobile – there is no online site here! This means that they are able to concentrate 100% on the mobile side of their business, unlike other sites that have to spend the majority of their time making sure their online poker is working as it should. Does this make it better than places like PokerStars then? No. But is it somewhere you should check out if you love playing this game? Absolutely!
Firstly, this site allows you to play up to four tables at a time, although with only a small selection of tables, finding tables that suit you can sometimes be time consuming. More and more players are signing up though, meaning that the number of tables is increasing constantly. If you’re a grinder, you’ll like this site a lot, as you’ll generally be short-handed when you sit down at most tables (once again due to the small selection of tables on offer).
How about the usability of the site? Well, this is probably its most impressive attribute. It has been designed purely with mobile players in mind, and this means you can deposit and withdraw really easily from your mobile (including in Bitcoins, which is unusual for a mobile poker site). Switching between tables and placing bets is also really simple and intuitive, making for a stress free experience – unless you get a bad beat!
We really like Switch Poker, but we simply can’t place it near to the top of the list until the player numbers increase. We’d also like to see them introduce more types of poker to the site, as currently they only offer Hold ‘Em. When they fulfil these two criteria, they could well start challenging the big boys at the top of the industry.