It's somewhat breathtaking to consider the speed at which mobile technology has evolved over the course of the last decade. Much of the world has moved from flip phones and tiny screens to devices that more closely resemble full-fledged computers in niftily diminutive packages. That evolution has spurred a similar shift in online poker, where more and more options for engaging real-money play become available with each passing day.
If we made this list five years ago, there would have only been one or two rooms on it! Today, though, almost all major poker sites provide a real money mobile option. The top choices from that array, selected for their software, bonuses and customer support:
It's true that you can now play poker for real money on just about any smartphone - or really, any phone that has a browser. The majority of online poker players, however, will log on to play real money poker using one of the three major phone platforms: Android, iPhone or Windows. By many estimates, those three platforms account for over 80% of the total real money poker play that occurs on all mobile devices. Keep reading for more details about each, along with links to our complete rankings of the top real money poker sites for each platform.
Online Poker for Android - Lists the Best Sites for Real Money Android Poker
By a nose, Android provides online poker players with the most choices for using their mobile device to play poker. That's thanks to the lenient policy of the Android app store and the wide reach of the platform. The gap is shrinking, however, and many believe that for all practical purposes you're just as well off with an iPhone as you are with an Android device if your aim is to play poker for real money.
Click here to learn about our top Android poker rooms.
Online Poker for iPad - Lists the Best iPad Poker Apps
As suggested above, the iPad / iPhone used to lag dramatically behind Android when it came to poker compatibility. That gap has been largely closed, or even eliminated, and now the two platforms share the top spot when it comes to real money poker options.
Our iPad poker page offers information for both free and real money iPad poker players. The review covers the top sites that have the ability to let players play poker on their iPads as well as an overall guide on getting the apps to work.
For more information, click here to read our iPad real money poker page.
Best iPhone Poker Apps - Reviews & Lists iPhone Compatible Poker Sites
While the screen isn't neccessarily as large as the iPad, it is possible to play real money poker on your iPhone.
Our iPhone poker page provides a list of poker apps available for European and Canadian poker players. Please note - USA players will have a difficult time finding a real money US poker room offering an iPhone app. You will find some great alternatives in lieu of poker.
The number of iPhone poker sites is still quite limited, but the software that is available works well and makes the game 100% playable.
For more information, please read our iPhone poker app page.
Windows Phone Poker Apps - Reviews Windows Mobile Poker Sites
Windows phones aren't quite as ubiquitous as Android devices or iPhones, but they're a growing force in the marketplace and also a viable way for you to play online poker on mobile.
Thanks to a flexible browser, players have plenty of choices despite a lack of native poker apps. Get more information on how to play poker on a WIndows phone in this article.
Please see our Windows mobile poker page for information on which poker sites offer Windows tablet / smartphone apps.