Unibet Android poker has carved itself a small perfectly-formed niche in the mobile-optimised poker market. If your Droid phone supports Adobe Flash Player and Air then it may just be the app for you. But don’t jump on this poker boat until you’ve checked its navigation equipment is working and the emergency radio isn’t rusty.
The Android App
As with any Android real money poker app, you’ll not find it on Google Play since developers are not allowed to display or link to content that “that facilitate[s] online gambling“.
As a result you’ll have to head to the Unibet Android poker site itself to download the app. And you’ll need to figure out how to allow non-market place apps on your phone (e.g. by following a video tutorial), if you haven’t already. There are three basic steps:
- Allow apps from “Unknown Sources” by ticking the box in either the
Settings → Applicationsor
Settings → Security → Unknown Sourcesmenus.
- Find the .apk file in your file management system (get a new file manager if you need one) and double click it to run.
- Disallow apps from Unknown Sources by unchecking the box so that your phone is again secure.
Be aware that a few mobile phone operators (like AT&T in the US) make it more difficult to allow non-marketplace apps and you may need to root your phone. Meanwhile, the process is similar, though subtley different on the Kindle Fire.
Once the app is installed you should find you are immediately directed to a Microgaming mobile poker login screen.
- You will already need a Unibet poker account before you can play.
- Choose between real money poker or playing for fun.
- Select the stakes (up to £1/2) you want to play for.
Note: Currently only cash games are available.
Depositing and withdrawing money is also best done online to make sure you get your Unibet Poker bonuses.
Unibet Poker iPhone – Not Yet
Unibet has launched a sportsbetting app for iPhone and iPad but so far its poker games are only available on Android smartphones and via PCs / Macs. Just like its mobile poker tournament, Unibet Poker on iPhone is apparently “coming soon” but this as much information as is available currently.
Many other poker operators have launched iPhone apps and compatible websites and competition is already fierce. It will be interesting to see whether Microgaming is serious about launching an iOS poker app in 2013 or 2014. It may be too late.
Unibet Poker offers new players the choice of a £100, £300 or £500 welcome package. Of these the £100 package is the easiest to “earn”.
How to Earn
Here are the basic facts for the £100 deal:
- You get 10 loyalty points for each $1 you contribute to rake
- Rake usually works out as roughly 10% of your bets
- You need 400 loyalty points to earn a £10 bonus
So to earn your £100 bonus you’ll need 4000 points, which will probably cost you about £250-300 in rake, depending on the exchange rate at the time you play. This is equivalent to a good-value play through requirement of approximately 2.5-3 x rake, which compares favorably with other major brands.
This is a poker app Android-owners will do well to consider, subject to their phone being compatible. The bonuses are reasonable and the getting started is easy, provided you have a PC handy.