While mobile continues to dominate our everyday lives and experiences, it still has yet to gain a full hold on the online poker landscape. For a while this was because player experience fell well short versus the traditional, robust and feature-rich desktop clients.
However, that has quickly changed over the last couple years.
Most major online poker sites in the world have some way for players to play online through a preferred mobile device. The iOS App Store and Android Downloads are the most popular ways to access a poker room from a mobile device but the in-browser method is also available at some sites.
That has changed significantly over the last few years and now the regulated facing sites are making mobile an essential part of their offering to players. Some estimates from European operators now put mobile market penetration around 25% of all online poker activity, with the trend decidedly on an upward trajectory.
WSOP.com Releases Android App
To stay ahead of the curve, most operators in New Jersey are also offering mobile products to their customers. And despite a strict regulatory environment in the regulated US market, mobile options are coming to market relatively quickly – and there plenty of them.
Just last week WSOP.com and 888 Poker (All-American Poker Network), the 2nd and 3rd largest online poker rooms in New Jersey, became the latest poker rooms to release an Android-based option to players.
They were also the first to introduce an iOS app in early December and currently has a two and a half star rating in the App Store.
Gambling related apps are not allowed in the Android Google Play store but can be downloaded directly via the poker room’s website. To download apps that are not available in the Google Play store a player must go into their security settings to allow downloads from all sources.
Other Mobile Options at NJ Poker Sites
With five or six poker rooms in New Jersey to choose from, lets take a look at options for playing on a mobile device.
partypoker and Borgata
Party Poker mobile apps are available on the iOS App Store as well as Android. The iOS app was launched in late December while the Android app was available for download February.
The Party Poker iOS app has a two star rating in the iOS App Store. Network partner, Borgata, which shares a PC client and player pool with PartyPoker, also uses the same their mobile platform.
The 3rd largest network in New Jersey that shares the same platform as WSOP.com but does not share the same player pool. They simultaneously launched their mobile app with WSOP.com.
The company that launched the first online poker site in America and is currently fourth place in New Jersey does not have a mobile product for their Nevada or New Jersey sites.
There has been no announcement of a mobile app in development for Ultimate Poker.