Whether you’re a regular player or you just like to dabble every now and then, there’s no doubt that card playing heavyweight site PokerStars is the platform on which to do it. With 50 million registered users worldwide, not only is it the most visited poker site in the world it also has the widest variety of games and interactive features for players, something that keeps them coming back time and time again. But, does their mobile poker app live up to the same expectations that players have of the online site?
Firstly, let’s check out the appetite for such an app. It is estimated that over 2.5 billion people around the world now own a smartphone, which has meant that online sites are constantly having to up their game and find ways to keep their customers happy while they are on the go. After all, we are a fickle bunch and we have short attention spans – those sites have got to work hard to please us! And sure, we might be living in times when we are more likely to replace our phones than fix them, but when it comes to apps, we can’t seem to get enough.
A fact that PokerStars knows all too well!
Launching its first downloadable iOS app in 2012 and an Android version a month later, PokerStars has been leading the way in the app game for some time now. Using the highest quality software, the app has been constantly updated to give the ultimate user experience. So, what did we think?
Super easy to download and install, once you have the app you could be playing within minutes. Whether you want the PokerStars app for Android or iOS, you will get the same experience. Simply register and set up your profile and you’re good to go.
Features worth noting:
- Easy to personalize avatars
- Animated replays of the last hand
- Track specific players
- Mobile web cashier
- Chat function to interact with other players
- Quick Seating to get seated at a game of choice
We particularly like the ease of switching between PC and mobile, which is super handy for those times when you need to continue a game on the go.
One of the best features of the app is the ability to do all banking through it instead of having to log into your PC. With so many methods of banking available, players from all over the world will be able to easily deposit sums into their player accounts.
The software comes enabled with advanced encryption technology to protect players’ information and transactions and the mobile site is constantly under review by independent auditors to give players peace of mind when it comes to their security.
While many sites offer restrictions on micro stakes, the PokerStars mobile app has no such limit in place. Low stakes players are welcomed and have equal access to the wide range of games on offer and if you don’t want to spend any money at all, there are plenty of tournaments taking play money.
Having said that, it is super easy to switch to real money by selecting the quick seat function which places you in a tournament based on the type of game and stakes that you want to play.
You have to hand it to PokerStars, when it comes to giving their players tournaments they go all out. From the Carnival of Tournaments to the Battle of the Planets, there are competitions to suit every type of player and budget. Women can join the exclusive women’s only tournaments, while there are plenty of opportunities to see your favourite bands by playing the Backstage tournaments.
However you look at it, PokerStars consistently deliver on their app. Sure, there are going to be a few limits when using an app, such as being cut off if someone calls you or a limit to the number of tables you can play, but these are incredibly minor gripes and not really worth mentioning. There is no doubt that they are the leaders in their field and look set to be this way for the foreseeable future.