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Five High-Quality iPhone Poker Apps
There are quite a few poker apps available for the iPhone in the iTunes App Store, one of which is even developed by Apple. Unfortunately for the real poker freaks, there are no official poker clients where you can play for real money – and it’s unlikely that we’ll see poker clients from Full Tilt or any other online poker guides in the near future, due to Apple’s current stance on online gambling.
However, if you want to play poker for fun on your iPhone you have lots of options. Here are a few above-average poker related apps from iTunes:
Apple – Texas Holdem
The “official” Texas Hold’em game from Apple, which is named just that, is one of the better alternatives as you’d expect. It offers very nice graphics and allows you to test your skills against up to eight of your opponents over Wi-Fi. Naturally, the game has built-in gestures to push all-in or double tap to check.
Live Poker by Zynga
Live Poker looks very similar to the clients you download from internet poker sites, and you do get to play against other players. Zynga is a large online gaming network, so finding opponents is not a problem. The poker variant you play is of course Texas Holdem, and if you’re accustomed to regular online poker, Live Poker has practically no learning curve.
iPhone Poker Timer
iPhone Poker Timer is a great tool for your home game. It’s available through the App Store and as the name implies it’s a timer for keeping track of (live) poker tournaments. It tells you what level you are currently, when it’s time to increase the blinds and so on. Impress your poker buddies in your next home game with this neat little app.
This game is not really poker, but it’s fun; you physically shake the iPhone and roll the dice to make a poker hand. By using the touchscreen you drag the dice you want to keep to one of five slots, and then roll again to get a better hand. It’s more fun than it sounds, and all of it is presented in a nice-looking 3D interface.
Ride it Out Poker
This one is also available via App Store, although Ride it Out Poker might not be interesting to poker purists as it’s a casino version of the game. On the other hand, it’s a fun way to waste some time. It has more in common with Caribbean Stud than Texas Hold’em – you place an ante and two bets on the table before the cards are dealt, and may choose to withdraw – and lose the ante – or raise if you think you have a better hand than the dealer.