The Best Free Poker Apps for Android and iPhone in 2016

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29 February 2016, Created By: Arthur Crowson
The Best Free Poker Apps for Android and iPhone in 2016

Free poker apps is one of the most popular, lucrative and bloated categories of any app store.

There are hundreds (probably thousands) of apps that have been designed to let you play poker, get better at poker or even just watch poker.

The vast majority of these apps are garbage. It’s just the truth.

That said there are some surprisingly fun or useful poker apps that you can download for absolutely nothing.

Fortunately for you we’ve compiled a short-list of the very best free poker apps on the internet.

Every single one of these apps is free and they run the gamut from games, productivity apps or even streaming services.

Just take a quick look at the following compilation and get downloading!

Jackpot Poker (PokerStars)

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Jackpot Poker is a rather robust free-to-play option from PokerStars. Previously known as PokerStars Play, Jackpot Poker gets a lot of its heritage from the popular PokerStars Facebook app of the same name.

The main focus is three-player Jackpot Poker games, which should be familiar to anyone who's played Spin & Go games on the for-money PokerStars site.

There are also cash games but PokerStars puts the emphasis on Jackpot Poker, which has three players competing for a prize that randomly spikes.

It’s great way to learn poker strategy because it’s action-packed and you actually have to develop reads on your opponents rather than just sit back and wait for premium hands like pocket aces or pocket kings.

Other features include simple table non-toxic table emotes, a few strategy lessons and swipe and flick controls. Fast and fun. That’s the name of the game with Jackpot Poker.

Platforms: iOS, Android, Facebook
Size: 75 mb
Type: Casual poker game
Released: 2015
Spam level: Medium. It will certainly try to sell you on buying more chips.
Pro: Jackpot Poker is an incredibly fun format of poker to play on a mobile device.
Con: Hold’em only. There’s no support for Pot-Limit Omaha.

Zynga Poker

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The original Facebook poker game got a much needed kick in the pants in 2015 with a massive update that includes Jump Poker.

Jump Poker is a “Fast Fold’ poker variant where players instantly get a new hand after they’ve folded. In helps pump up the action since you’re only playing one table at a time. In fact we tend to find the normal games quite boring on Zynga Poker now thanks to Jump Poker.

Zynga Poker also offers Sit & Go’s for players looking to move beyond cash games. One of the busiest poker sites on the planet (even compared to real-money poker sites) you’ll never have any trouble finding a game on Zynga.

Once one of the most cluttered poker games in existence, Zynga has toned back with the new software update although we personally still find it a bit too busy for our liking.

Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Size: 97 mb
Type: Casual poker game
Released: 2007
Spam level: Fairly high
Pro: Jump Poker is an awesome addition to Zynga Poker.
Con: Still pretty cluttered. Shootout tournaments only available on Facebook version.

World Series of Poker

WSOP Poker Mobile

If you follow poker at all there’s a good chance you’ve already heard of the World Series of Poker. The most famous poker series in the world also has free-to-play app that’s one of the better ones on that market.

Designed by big-time game developer EA, World Series of Poker offers a solid interface and plenty of free chips to get you started.

World Series of Poker does have one killer feature that most of the other free-to-play apps don’t: Pot-Limit Omaha. For anyone that’s bored of No-Limit Hold’em then four-card PLO is a fantastic way to switch up your poker playing schedule.

There’s plenty of World Series branding including the ability to win virtual WSOP bracelets and rings.

Platforms: iOS, Android
Size: 75 mb.
Type: Casual poker game
Released: 2012
Spam Level: Medium
Pro: Pot-Limit Omaha! Finally not limited to NLHE.
Con: Not available in all regions.

Appeak Poker

Appeak Poker

Pure poker. That’s what Appeak Poker is all about. You won’t find a bunch of clutter in the app and the interface is strikingly simple.

We’re talking about a table, cards and a chatbox and that’s pretty much it. It’s a nice change from poker apps that will constantly try to sell you bonus chips or various side games like BlackJack or Roulette.

Appeak is lightning fast and you can be playing within seconds of booting up the app. Some people might find the barebone graphics a bit of a detractor but we like it much better than some of the needlessly complicated iPhone poker sites.

Appeak also offers its patented duels matches where you can represent your country against another country. There’s not a ton of depth to the feature but it’s certainly worth trying.

Platforms: iPhone, Android
Size: 21.3 mb
Type: Casual poker game
Released: 2010
Spam Level: Low
Pro: Simple, fast, uncluttered poker.
Con: Not as deep as some other casual poker games.

Share My Pair

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There’s a good chance you may have heard about Share My Pair through one of Phil Hellmuth’s various Tweets that utilize the app.

Hellmuth is of course one of the promoters behind the app, which allows players to enter data and then display a recent poker hand visually.

You can then share your hand via Twitter, Facebook, email or text message. It’s much, much easier to follow the action through Share My Pair versus a lengthy series of text messages or a long email.

It’s not perfect, however, and our criticism of the app is that it takes a considerable amount of time to enter all the information so that a hand displays correctly. Not to mention the fact there’s likely a considerable amount of user error.

That said if you’re looking to share a particular hand with a lot of people (whether it’s fans or backers) there’s really no better way to do it.

Platforms: Android, iOS
Size: 32mb
Type: Visual hand-replayer
Released: 2013
Spam Level: Low
Pro: Better than listening to bad beat stories.
Con: Time-consuming to enter all the information.

Pineapple!

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Ask any poker pro what they play the most on their phone and there’s a good chance they’ll say Open Face Chinese Poker. The game is timeless and the perfect way to spend a few hours on a flight or trip if you’ve got two-three players.

Of course there are numerous OFC apps but we really like Pineapple! Pineapple! looks great, costs nothing and offers great security (it was actually the world’s fist RNG-certified mobile OFC app).

In addition Pineapple! offers a variety of game modes including Pineapple (with fantasy land!), regular OFC and low in the middle. Finally Pineapple doesn’t require any sort of log-in and doesn’t require your Facebook account.

Platforms: iOS
Size: 20 mb
Type: Open-Face Chinese Poker
Released: 2013
Spam Level: Low
Pro: Incredibly fun way to kill time.
Con: Requires an internet connection.

Poker Central

Poker Central

Poker Central is a game-changing app that allows viewers to watch poker on demand 24/7. It’s essentially the Netflix of poker and it’s somewhat surprising it took someone this long to capitalize on the rather lengthy backlog of poker TV shows.

One of Poker Central's key features is the fact it’s available for a wide variety of platforms including mobile (iOS, Android) and at home (Xbox One, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku).

Poker Central is pretty much the greatest background noise for hosting a home game. The one knock on Poker Central is that some of programming isn’t exactly top notch and you won’t find any WSOP or EPT episodes.

That said there’s still some good programs (much love for High Stakes Poker) and Poker Central’s original programming like the Aria Super High Roller Series is also very good. If you're a poker fan this app is pretty much a no brainer.

Platforms: iOS, Android, Apple TV, Xbox One, Roku, Amazon Fire
Size: 12 mb
Type: Poker TV streaming service
Released: 2015
Spam Level: Low
Pro: On-demand Poker TV.
Con: Content varies from platform to platform.

PokerStars.tv

Shark Cage

One app; access to nearly all of PokerStars' incredibly comprehensive series of TV shows including EPTs, Shark Cage and even strategy lessons.

It’s pretty impressive to say the least. PokerStars' media library is brimming with quality content and the app itself is easy to navigate and lightning fast to wit.

Perhaps the only problem with PokerStars.tv is that it’s a relatively narrow scope considering you won’t find anything that isn’t related to PokerStars.

You obviously won’t find any WSOP, WPT or Poker After Dark action. It's still a truckload of content, which costs you absolutely nothing so you should definitely check out.

Platforms: 4th Generation Apple TV, iOS, Android
Size: 9.9mb
Type: On demand Poker TV
Released: 2008
Spam Level: Low
Pro: Slick video player with nearly every piece of PokerStars video content ever made.
Con: Could use more cash game content.

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