Who doesn’t love to play a hand of poker? Crack open a few bears, invite few friends over and have a jolly great night. Sadly there is not enough time for those kinds of nights as we grow up, thankfully there are the 5 best poker apps for Android around to scratch your high stakes itching. Not everybody can afford a trip to Las Vegas for all their betting needs and some are banned from hitting the casinos again. But with the best poker apps for Android by your side, every night is poker night.
I personally don’t like to bet real money on anything, it is just a principle I have always followed. But I do love betting virtual chips on poker games. I admit the wins are not as exhilarating as the real deal, but hey the lost is not real too. Joy of Android doesn’t endure reckless betting, both in real and virtual lives. My dad always says, “Always know when to fold and walk away”. And I would advise you to do the same.
Note: The best poker apps for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note III. The smartphone was connected to a stable WiFi connection to ensure optimum online playing experience. All the apps ran remarkably fine and no issues were faced during testing (apart from me losing a lot). All of the apps will require an active internet connection to work properly.
1. Live Holdem Poker Pro – Free with In-app Purchases
Live Holdem Poker Pro is the number one app on the best poker apps for Android list because of its easy to use interface. Another major reason is that the app is lightning-quick in finding you a table. Although you may have to wait a little while for the hand to finish before joining in the fun yourself.
The visuals are good but not that demanding, therefore the app can run on pretty much any Android smartphone. I also liked how you can do live chats right from the table, although there were some obscenities thrown my way when I won a hand.
In-app Purchases: $0.99 – $200.00 per item
Fast tables are actually fast.
Poker ring games are available.
The app provides you with daily free gold.
The app doesn’t actually need any kind of registration from you. You can play as a guest if you like. I really like that this poker game for Android doesn’t force you to give your email id.
2. World Poker Club – Free with In-app Purchases
This app is among the most popular and most populated poker games for Android. It is played by millions of players worldwide and has a loyal following. What does this mean for you? This means you will always have a full table of players playing around the clock. There are no bots or AI involved in this game, you play with humans all the time.
The app has a good interface which makes it easier to navigate and play the game with ease. The app also provides you with free chips and other bonuses regularly so even if you lose all the time, you still can come back and enjoy losing, I mean playing.
In-app Purchases: $0.99 – $199.99 per item
Weekly tournaments keep things interesting.
Intuitive interface which never becomes a hindrance.
Player ratings show how better they are.
This is one of the few poker apps for Android in which there are very less rage quitters. I have rage quitted myself a few times, especially when I’m having a particularly bad day. The community here rarely quits during a game. I know it doesn’t mean very much for open table games, but it is a breath of fresh air for me to see people actually seeing the game through.
3. Zynga Poker – Free
The Popular Table
Zynga Poker is the one which your friends nagged you about playing on Facebook. I was invited by a staggering 30 different people to this game and it was enough for me to succumb. This was my first online poker app for Android and I went in aiming to hate it. But as I continued playing, I became seriously addicted to poker.
Thankfully there were other games to capture my attention. Zynga Poker is one of the best poker games for Android available today. I really enjoy their level of polish and great interface design.
Play casual or competitive games.
Win a ton of chips daily.
Comes with a lot of language support.
The best thing about this poker app for Android is that it can be played from any device. You just need to login with your profile (they prefer Facebook) and you will be able to continue your card based adventures from PC, tablet or phone.
4. DH Texas Poker – Free with In-app Purchases
DH Texas Poker is made by DroidHen, the developers of games like Dinosaur War and Defender II (both are addictive). The app doesn’t have the polish you came to expect from a simple poker game but it does offer something else in return.
Other poker games on Android offer multiplayer of around six max players, DH Texas Poker provides you with 9 players on the table. The app also doesn’t force you to login to an account for accessing the features. There are daily lotteries which can earn you a lot of chips to lose as well.
In-app Purchases: $0.99 – $200.00 per item
Online rewards are truly rewarding.
Connect to Facebook to invite friends.
Comes with daily special offers.
The app brings in the VIP table in style. Play high stake games with fellow VIPs and earn even bigger payouts.
5. Texas HoldEm Poker – Free with In-app Purchases
This is the only app in the best poker apps for Android list which has a weird clunky interface. Don’t get me wrong, the game is still fun to play and provides a comprehensive experience. But the on tablet interface seems far too large.
On a smartphone it can be ignored but on a tablet the pop ups take a lot of space. The good thing is once you join the game you will be given $30,000 in chips for free which you can either double or lose depending on your luck and skill.
In-app Purchases: $2.00 – $125.00 per item
One tap access to a lot of tables.
Sit-n-go tournaments are held.
Shootout tournaments are also available.
You can personalize your profile and buddy lists as you please. This is a small feature but for those who like to make their avatar their own, this can be a great thing.
These were the best poker apps for Android. While there are a lot more poker apps on the Google Play Store, they essentially provide exactly the same experiences. These apps are from well reputed developers so constant support and updates are a sure thing. Also I select the apps which are very popular among the poker playing masses. That is because no one likes to wait alone at a poker table. So what are your best poker related stories? Tell me about the wackiest incident you faced during a poker night in the comments below.