» iPad Optimised Poker
It’s not enough for an app to just be iOS-ready, the best iPad poker apps will completely optimised for the larger screen and higher resolution.
Top 5 Real Money
Let’s look at the real money iPad poker options to begin with. Our top six are all either native, fully iPad-friendly apps, or web games that will really work your iPad2 or 3 hard.
- mFortune: £5 free play with no deposit required and a happy go lucky player pool combine with a simple no-nonsense web app [read more…]
The fast-witted among you will notice that there are only four apps in our top five list. There’s a reason for this, and it’s got nothing to do with us not being able to add up. The Bet24 iPad app (Ongame) used to be in there at number five but since this operator was taken over by Unibet (Microgaming) this app is no longer available.
Poker Sites with Free Apps
Meanwhile, some operators have opted to offer apps to improve your game or organise your poker life. These apps may be in addition to or instead of real money multi-player alternatives. Here are a couple of examples:
- Titan Poker app for iOS – basically just a schedule or calendar app that’s optimised for iPhones and will ring a bell to remind you of a tournament you don’t want to miss.
- PokerStars Clock – simple and easy to use as long as you don’t ask too much of it
- bwin Timer – yet another poker clock app!
You have to imagine, in the case of the Titan app, that this is a precursor to a fully-optimised real money iPhone and iPad poker app in the not too distant. Perhaps they’re waiting for 2013. In the mean time if you want free poker for your iPad then you’re probably better off looking at one of the many native apps that specialises in these games.
More Free iPad Downloads
There are a hundred different types of poker app for iPad out there from timers and planners to odds calculators and poker trainers. Here are some of the best:
- Best Poker Timer App: It’s not going to turn too many heads but Birdsoft‘s Pokertimer may at least ensure your home tournaments end before 2am.
- Best Planner: Poker PA manages to make sure you don’t miss any of your iPad poker tournaments without any moaning or complaining. Its odds calculator isn’t the most exciting but it’s nice that it all comes in one handy package.
- Best Learning Tool: There’s no substitute for practice if you want to learn poker. Play an app like GeaxGame’s Texas Holdem PokerKing game with its decent value in-app chip purchases (well compared to some apps at least).
- Best iPad Odds Calculator: Get PokerCruncher‘s free odds calculator if you can (it’s not always available). If you like it you’ll want to consider getting the Lite and/or Advanced versions too.
This selection is a bit like dipping your finger in an ocean and expecting to find out whether there are any sharks in the water. Still, it’s probably still better than the pitiful search facility iTunes have.
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