Top Free Poker Apps on iPhone, Android in 2017

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5 January 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Top Free Poker Apps on iPhone, Android in 2017

The free poker app.

It’s one of the most ubiquitous downloads on any app store regardless of whether you’re using an iPhone or a Google Pixel.

Most poker games are easy to program and therefore publishers will happily shove a few more crappy No-Limit Hold’em pay-to-win apps into the market every year.

There are some good ones, however. In fact we’ve been scouring both iTunes and Google Play for useful or entertaining poker apps for the last few years.

Here are the standout poker apps we've used over the last year.

SnapShove

SnapShove, which was created by poker pro Max Silver, might be our favorite new app. This one is a tool, not a game, but it’s got a lot going for it.

If you want to improve your shove/fold ranges then there’s really no better app for you. We also love the simplified, uncluttered interface and wish more poker apps would take this bare-bones approach.

The free version of SnapShove gives you access to 9-handed and 6-handed shoving calculators as well as training. We particularly like the training options as it’s a quick way to brush up on proper strategy.

SnapShove Pro costs $14.99 currently but it gives you access to a shove-fold calculator with any number of players in addition to a calling calculator and more training options as well.

There’s a very good chance SnapShove Pro will pay for itself right away if you’re having trouble with SnapShove ranges.

Platforms: iOS, Android
Size: 61mb
Type: Strategy tool
Released: 2016
Spam level: Low
Pro: Great tool for learning shove/fold ranges
Con: Somewhat limited free version

Politaire

Want a relaxing, somewhat-mindless poker game? Look no further than Politaire.

Politaire is simply a combination of poker and solitaire and if you have even a small degree of love for both games you’ll probably enjoy it.

The point of the game is simply to form five-card poker hands by discarding up to three of your cards while playing through a 52-card deck. You can also create Bejeweled-like combos by having cards drop into your hand and completing an entirely new hand.

Politaire is incredibly stylish with a minimalist color scheme scheme that is rare in the normally glitzy poker app world. The game is completely free but you can buy double-deck mode for $1.99.

It’s all simple fun. Also a decent way to memorize hands if you have no prior experience.

Platforms: iOS, Android
Size: 51.1mb
Type: Casual poker game
Released: 2016
Spam level: Low
Pro: Simple, mindless fun
Con: Shallow experience

World Poker Club

World Poker Club is a rather standard poker app with one killer feature: It has an innovative gesture system.

While the poker app has the normal buttons for check/bet/fold it also has touch-based gestures for each one. Double tap means check/call. Flick up means fold and finally holding down and slowly dragging up will bring out a raise slider.

It works surprisingly well and it wouldn’t be a complete surprise to see some of the bigger free poker apps utilize this feature.

World Poker Club does have a considerable amount of nagware but it’s worth downloading just to try out the gesture system. If nothing else it’s a refreshing change from the biggest free-to-play poker games.

Platforms: iOS, Android
Size: 95mb
Type: Casual poker game
Released: 2016
Spam level: High
Pro: Innovative gesture system
Con: Merely average game

Appeak Poker

Appeak Poker is still our pick for best free poker app with an incredibly simple interface that makes online poker a snap.

The app offers Play Now, which will get you into a quick game right away in addition to Sit & Go’s, Bingo Bango, Double Ups and MTTs.

Appeak also offers a couple unique ones such as the Duel functionality where you will face off against another player while representing your country. It’s all fun but the Play Now button is what most people will spend the most time clicking.

The site also offers a highly-competitive leaderboard for those looking to truly challenge themselves. One of the best qualities of Appeak Poker is that it’s not too cluttered and it doesn’t constantly nag you to buy more chips.

Appeak hasn’t changed that much over the years but it remains one of the fastest, lightweight poker experiences around. This year the site added customizable avatars, which is a nice touch.

This year Appeak also added support for Chinese, which should bring in a massive contingent of new players.

Platforms: iOS, Android
Size: 27mb
Type: Casual poker game
Released: 2013
Spam level: Low
Pro: Online poker simplified
Con: Hard to find tournaments running

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