Fans of poker know that finding good apps for Android or iPhone can be difficult.
There are literally thousands of poker related apps available and it can be a challenge sifting through a sea of sub-par games.
Fortunately we’ve handpicked five apps that are actually worth the space they take up on your phone or tablet.
We’re looking at less traditional poker apps (sorry Zynga Poker and real-money poker apps) that will appeal to poker enthusiasts.
Most of these apps are free but there are a couple ones that cost a few bucks.
Appeak Poker is one of the fastest growing free-to-play poker networks online.
Over 700,000 downloads of the app have been made and over 70,000 active users daily mean that you will have plenty of competition.
Some of the plusses of this app over others include the option of being able to play both cash games or sit-n-go’s, the optional four-color deck and stakes available from tiny to nosebleed.
The main cons of this app are that only Texas Hold'em games are offered (which really isn’t a con for most) and no multi-table games are currently available.
Pai Gow Poker
Come on, at this point you’re probably pretty sick of playing poker. Why not unwind with some Pai Gow Poker?
Pai Gow Poker is a pretty sweet Pai Gow game by MobilityWare.
For those unfamiliar with the game, Pai Gow Poker is a gambling game where you are deal seven cards and you make the best five-card and two-card poker hands.
It’s pretty mindless but it’s a decent way to kill some time and it actually teaches rudimentary hand-reading.
A number of customers complain about the game being rigged towards the dealer but that certainly feels like any casino we’ve ever been in.
The only downside is that it costs $1.99.
Strip Poker - Eva Angelina
If you like strip poker, or have a pulse, then you will probably like Strip Poker - Eva Angelina.
This is your typical strip poker game where you’re playing against Eva and if you win, she takes off clothes. If you lose, she puts them back on.
Simple as pie. And everybody likes pie.
The pros of this game are obvious. Hot women, poker and more hot women.
The cons of this game are that the women don't "bare all" so to speak in the game.
It's still fun but, let’s be honest, not quite as fun as a real strip poker game.
You could also say that not being able to play against others is a con, but most people don't play strip poker online to share their game with others.
You won’t find this one in the squeaky-clean Apple app store so it’s limited to Android users.
A poker app that’s actually useful?
PokerCruncher is a surprisingly robust app by PokerCruncher LLC that gives you the ability to brush up on virtually any odds related to poker.
Unlike competing apps, PokerCruncher will compute your odds with speed thanks to its clean interface and easy to use hand ranges.
You can use PokerCruncher to brush up on your odds if you just played a hand in a casino and were curious if you made the right play.
Unfortunately PokerCruncher doesn’t come cheap and currently costs $4.99.
You can download the app on iTunes.
Heads-Up Poker Free
Want to work on your heads-up poker game?
If so, you should give Heads-Up Poker Free a try.
The pros to this app are that you can play heads-up poker either against the computer, a friend in the same room over Bluetooth, or you can play online via Game Center.
The graphics are a bit cheesy and there are no heads-up tournaments offered.
You can download Heads-up Poker Free at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app