For years, only the people who supported the Microsoft Empire could play online poker on their computers, leaving Mac and Linux users out in the cold.
With the vast majority of the computing world running Windows, poker sites originally decided that it wasn't worth the development time and cost to create software for other platforms.
Only recently has M$ Windows dropped below a 90% market share, mostly as a result of increased sales of Apple computers. Using this statistic as their inspiration, three of the largest poker rooms have created Mac-specific software allowing Mac users to play on their sites without any restraints or hindrances.
Playing Poker on a Mac
If you want to play poker on a Mac, you have three rooms to choose from. Luckily two of them are the largest, most well-known online poker rooms in the world.
It's no coincidence that the three rooms to create native Mac software also allow American traffic. To play poker on a Mac, aim your mouse at one of these links:
Aside from the standard download-and-install poker apps, it's possible to play on many of the largest sites from within your internet browser.
This is valuable for any computer user without download-and-install capabilities, or for users on other mobile browsers with Java and Flash compatibility. Browser-based play is available from the following sites (a complete list for all Mac compatible poker rooms also available here.):
- Absolute Poker
- bwin Poker
- Hollywood Poker
- Ladbrokes Poker
- Pacific Poker
- Paddy Power Poker
- Party Poker
- Red Kings Poker
- Titan Poker
Although no poker sites currently make native Linux software, it is possible to play poker on a Ubuntu box using a browser-based site, or by installing the Windows version using Wine.
Wine is a program allowing Ubuntu users to install and run many native Windows applications.
Since Wine is a free program, you can download it by heading here: http://www.winehq.org/download
A guide on how to install and use Wine can be found here: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/wine
If you already have Wine and just want to know how to install poker software, such as Party Poker, you just need to do one quick little step (this step is taken from the poster Kc8hr on http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=169495&page=2)
"Just download the installer, open a terminal window and type: wine
E.G: wine partypoker.exe
The program will install under ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Party*, and you will even have an entry for it under "Wine" in your start menu.
Thanks to developers finally creating applications for the Mac platform, and open source coders hacking their way into running windows apps on Linux boxes, it's no longer an issue to play poker on whatever platform you wish to use.
Update: Find the latest step-by-step guide to playing poker on Linux at Linuxconfig.org.