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The 10 Best Free Poker Apps for Android and iPhone

The free poker apps section is one of the most popular, lucrative and bloated categories of any app store. There are hundreds of apps designed to let you play poker, get better at poker or even just watch poker. The vast majority of those apps are, well … not so good.

Mobile Poker Apps

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!

If you're already familiar with the rules of poker and want to get right into the thrill of betting and winning for real, there are a few good options.

The best is 888 Poker, a trustworthy and nicely produced poker app that will get you playing in no time and, with very soft games for beginners, give you a decent shot of making some real money.

There are other nice mobile apps out there (PokerStars being one, of course), but with ultra tough games we don't recommend it for players new to online poker.

Give 888poker a try right now by clicking the "Get Bonus" button on the right.

If you're not ready to play for real cash 888poker also offers free play-money games where you learn the ropes with virtual poker chips.

Once you've given 888poker a go make sure to check out our other recommendations for mobile online poker sites where you can play for real money.

Other apps made specifically for playing poker on your mobile for free:

1. Appeak Poker

Appeak Poker App
Appeak Poker App

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.

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.

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
  • Updated: 2017
  • Spam level: Low
  • Pro: Online poker simplified
  • Con: Some games are full of beginners

2. SnapShove

Snapshove Poker App
Snapshove Poker App

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

3. Politaire

Politaire-Poker-App
Politaire Poker App

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

4. World Poker Club

World Poker Club
World Poker Club Poker App

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 change from the usual free poker games.

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

5. Jackpot Poker (PokerStars)

Jackpot Pokker (PokerStars)
Jackpot Poker

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 real-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.

6. Zynga Poker

Zynga Poker

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.

7. World Series of Poker

World-Series-of-Poker-App.png

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.

8. Share My Pair

Share My Pair

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.

9. Pineapple!

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.

10. 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 EPTepisodes.

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.

BONUS: PokerStars.tv

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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Free Apps FAQs

  • What’s the best poker app for Android or iPhone?

    Generally, every site has its strong and weak points - which we highlight in all our reviews. You could be after a specific game, big player fields - or small ones, soft (bad) players, and certain promotions. So really, it’s down to what you’re looking for in an Android poker app or iPhone app. Check out the poker apps we mention on this page for more honest insights.
  • How do I start playing on a poker app?

    It’s easy getting started on a real money poker app android or iPhone, regardless if it’s a smartphone or tablet. Basically, you just have to choose one of the links in our online poker site list. This takes you to the site to install the poker app onto your device. Alternatively, you can find it and download from Google Play or the App Store.

    Most of the time you’ll find free poker apps, no funds or ID is required initially. Only when you deposit, which you do via your poker app account to play real money poker.

    If you play real money poker for android or iphone, ensure you have a solid connection to avoid losing money. Because when a device lags or crashes, you can miss out on hands which automatically fold without your action.
  • Should I download a poker app on smartphone or tablet?

    Tablets work even better for online poker since you get more screen space and speed. In fact, tablets even make multi-tabling more manageable. However, most online poker apps are compatible with any tablet and smartphone, simply check the compatibility beforehand. Just beware if your device is prone to lags or crashes because this could be costly. Considering poker apps automatically fold your hand when your device becomes idle.
  • Will I use up all my data playing online poker?

    Be sure to check your usage but online poker isn’t particularly intense as far as phone data goes. One hour of play translates to roughly 1MB of data, which is not very much. However whenever possible you should try and play on Wi-Fi. It’s a faster connection and you won’t be using your data.
AK
2020-07-04 05:22:34

Chips of fury

Eduardo Simões
2020-06-24 22:38:09

PokerStars, wop texas holdem poker apple

Jason Chong
2020-04-15 01:40:58

PlayWPT poker by the World Poker Tour. They have private pwd protected tournaments and is really fun to play. No chat so you don’t get the stupid abuse like on other sites and the emojis are super communicative enough.

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