Gimmick of the Week: iPhone/iPad Wireless Poker Controls

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5 January 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Gimmick of the Week: iPhone/iPad Wireless Poker Controls

Some people will tell you that playing online poker is about as lethargic an activity as you can get. You're sitting down and the only real movement needed is a few clicks of the mouse and the occassional keyboard tap.

We're here to tell you those people are dead wrong.

In this Poker Gimmick of the Week we look at the Wireless Poker Controller App for the iPhone and iPad and how it can make online poker even easier to play.

Here at PokerListings.com we've played online poker wirelessly using things like the Guitar Hero guitar and drum kit, and we've even used voice recognition software. While we have played online poker remotely on the iPhone, we've never used it as a wireless controller.

The idea of this product is pretty straightforward. Take the mouse and keyboard out of the equation and make it easier for people to really slouch down on their couches while playing online.

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Being interrupted by incoming phone calls isn't a problem for the true grinder.

The controls themselves are really a miniaturized version of the Wireless Poker Controller hardware that this same company came out with two years ago. The major advantage of the app version is that you don't have to spend $100+ on the actual controller.

There's a free version of this app but it only works on PartyPoker.com. The standard version costs $8.99 but limits the rooms you can play on. The Ultimate Edition costs $14.99 and lets you play on all compatible rooms.

This app works with Pokerstars.com, FullTiltPoker.com, AbsolutePoker.com, EverestPoker.com, 888Poker.com, PartyPoker.com, UB.com, CakePoker.com, LadbrokesPoker.com, TitanPoker.com & ParadisePoker.com

The major downside is that small things are just harder to use. The original controller was designed to cut down on mis-clicks but in our experience the iPhone touch pad is prone to exactly that. For that reason WE RECOMMEND THIS APP FOR THE IPAD ONLY.

The main reason we don't see these products catching on in a big way is that people like to use their computers while playing online. Whether it's throwing on a mix to listen to while playing or checking email in between hands, people need the functionality that the mouse/keyboard combo offers.

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