Type Poker Apps into any browser or mobile device store and you will be inundated with hundreds—if not thousands—of options which let you play or watch poker, get better at poker, manage your poker bankroll, and find local poker games.
Given the vast number of options, it becomes difficult knowing which ones have some value and which are complete garbage. So, to help you narrow your choices, here is a list of 21 of the very best poker apps available on the market today. Whether you want to play online, improve your game, track your statistics, transfer funds, find local tournaments, or simply observe others, you needn’t look any further.
And the best part? Most of them are either completely free or, in a few cases, quite inexpensive.
This article will cover:
- Poker apps for news and information
- Apps to play poker for fun
- Learning tools and tutorials
- Real money poker apps
- Poker apps for tracking and money management
In the interest of full disclosure, Upswing Poker is NOT affiliated in any way with these poker apps. We simply think they are the best poker apps on the market and wanted to share them with you!
Poker Apps for News and Information
1. Bravo Poker Live
Bravo Poker Live is a must-have app for poker players as most poker rooms in the U.S. use the system to manage their games, players, and waiting lists. Casinos enter their information so you can see information about each poker room, current promotions, tournaments, available live games, and waiting lists—all in real-time. A particularly useful feature is the site’s configurable listing distance based on your current location.
Similar to Bravo, PokerAtlas has complete information on the nearly 600 poker rooms in North America. From tournament schedules—including entry and administrative fees, registration times, blind structures, starting chips, and prize pool guarantees—to cash games, PokerAtlas provides additional information on comps, promotions, player reviews, poker room amenities, and more. PokerAtlas can also help you find legal and approved online sites in New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada.
If you are new to poker, PokerAtlas has a number of new player tools such as how to play Hold’em and Omaha, player etiquette, strategy and advice, FAQs, and its highly useful Ten Commandments of Poker. Further, the app’s Table Talk is the place where you can ask questions, talk strategy, seek advice, share experiences, and discuss anything poker.
3. Poker News
This handy app provides information on tournament updates, results, and any other news in the poker world. Poker News allows players to:
- Follow live tournament coverage
- Read poker news and strategy articles
- Watch the latest poker videos
- Listen to the latest poker podcasts
- Use the Twitter tracker to stay in touch with poker personalities
- Ask questions and get advice in the forum
- Download the most popular mobile poker apps
4. My Stack
My Stack—developed by the folks at Poker News—lets live players update their own tournament progress so friends, family, and fans have real-time, up-to-date information on their progress.
Play for Fun with these Awesome Poker Apps
5. Appeak Poker
Appeak Poker is one of the best-reviewed and most popular poker playing apps with a simple, user-friendly interface. With this app, you have the option to play immediately, join sit & go’s, and explore other features such as Bingo Bango, Double Ups, and MTTs; however, the Play Now option is, by far, the most popular. One of Appeak’s most novel features is its patented Duel option where you can represent your country against others in different countries.
Appeak’s largest appeal is its simple interface and lack of clutter. Quite simply, there are tables, cards, and chat boxes. Really, what else do you need? Whereas its skeleton graphics may turn some players off, these features add to the site’s simplicity. Appeak has, recently, added customizable avatars. Oh yeah, and this this app is lightning fast.
6. World Series of Poker (WSOP)
This highly renowned poker series also has one of the best free apps on the market today. Designed by game developer extraordinaire EA, the WSOP app provides plenty of free chips, an easy-to-use interface, and the opportunity to win virtual WSOP rings and bracelets. (After all, they’ve got to stay atop their branding.)
With this fun and highly addictive app, you can virtually “travel” to and play tournaments in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Paris, and Sydney. Additionally, a particularly great feature of this app is the opportunity to log into your Facebook to permit continuous play on your mobile, tablet, or computer.
13-card open face Chinese poker (aka Pineapple!) is the new rage in the poker world. This highly addictive game is a nice change of pace from Hold ‘Em and can be quite challenging. If you are unfamiliar with this exciting poker variation, you can learn about the objective, rules, and scoring for Pineapple! here. Pineapple! is currently only available for iOS devices; however, Spicy Pineapple! is currently in development for Android devices.
8. Zynga Poker
Zynga is easily the best app for play-money poker. Available on Android, iOS, Windows devices, and, of course, don’t forget Zynga Poker Facebook, the Zynga Poker app provides impressive flexibility with respect to type of tournaments.
From casual to competitive, you can find a table any time of day. You also have the potential to win as many as 100,000 additional free Zynga chips daily. Further, you can purchase play money in case you run out. Zynga Poker also offers Sit & Go’s, and, in 2015, it added Jump Poker: a “fast fold” variant where players instantly get a new hand after folding.
Learning Tools and Tutorials
Created by poker pro Max Silver, SnapShove is the perfect lightweight app for improving your shove/fold ranges. Instead of a game, this app is more of a tool that provides free access to six- and nine-handed shoving calculators and various strategy training options. For $14.99, you can purchase SnapShove Pro and get access to additional training options, a calling calculator, and a shove-fold calculator with any number of players. SnapShove is available for both iOS and Android.
10. Tournament Cruncher
This innovative app is an independent chip model (ICM) calculator that enables you to calculate your chipstack during tournament play and is available in both iOS and Android. In a tournament, chip values change as the game progresses, and this app provides a dollar amount for each player’s stack based on prize pool and places paid. Tournament Cruncher is particularly useful if you are considering making a deal at a final table.
11. Poker Central ($10/month)
This app allows PokerGO subscribers to watch poker on demand 24/7. While there aren’t any WSOP or EPT episodes, you can watch High Stakes Poker and the various programs from Poker Central.
One of this app’s key features is its wide availability on several platforms for both mobile and at-home devices. From iOS to Android to Apple TV to Amazon Fire to Roku To Xbox One and beyond, you can access this app anywhere.
12. Poker Dealmaker ICM ($1.99)
As its name implies, Poker Dealmaker ICM is a particularly handy app for final table players who want to be fully prepared to make a deal—or chop—as the tournament nears its end. Simply enter the tournament’s payouts and the size of the remaining players’ chipstacks, and it will give you an idea of what to expect if a deal is made.
For a mere $1.99, this app could save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the long run. Poker Dealmaker ICM is currently only available in iOS.
13. Poker Odds Calculator
Poker Odds Calculator is an extremely useful app that enables you to input the information of a particular Hold ‘Em, Omaha, and Omaha High/Low hand and get the winning percentage. Real-time odds are generated by either a full calculation or simulated approximation for up to nine players based on the number of “unknowns” in the customizable accuracy setting.
Granted, while you can’t just take out your mobile device mid-hand, this is a useful learning tool. Additionally, you can update to the Pro version for $1.50 which provides additional settings flexibility.
14. Poker Cruncher ($6.99)
This advanced professional-level poker odds calculation and analysis app utilizes a hand matrix system to analyze the equity of a hand versus another hand, a hand versus a player’s entire range, and multiple ranges. It is available for both iOS and Android.
Real Money Poker Apps
15. 888 Poker
888 Poker is the most recommended, cutting edge, and trustworthy real money mobile poker app on the market today. In addition to being the oldest app, 888 Poker is eCOGRA certified, so you can be sure that you are dealing with a legitimate and secure gaming app.
This app offers a wide variety of game selections and multi-table options; however, it is best known for its Hold ‘Em games. 888 Poker also lets you watch your opponent via webcam which is quite unique. This app also boasts very quick deposits and withdrawals and takes a wide variety of payment methods including MasterCard, Visa, wire transfers, and Bitcoin. In addition to cash winnings, you can also win branded merchandise, event tickets, hotel accommodations, and other amazing prizes with tournament victories.
Perhaps the greatest drawback is that the app is not available to U.S. players. Additionally, aside from Hold ‘Em, the tables are generally not very busy. Despite not being available in the AppStore or on Google Play, you can download 888 Poker from its website and use it on a wide variety of devices.
16. World Series of Poker (WSOP)
For players in Nevada and New Jersey only, the WSOP real money poker online app is, indeed, a great one. This app provides a number of cash game, Sit & Go’s, and scheduled tournaments. Deposits and withdrawals are secure and can be made via debit and credit card, PayPal, PayNearMe, Neteller, and e-Check ACH. There is also the option of playing with play money. Tournament prizes range from cash to tournament entries to satellite entries for live World Series of Poker events.
While the app is straightforward and easy to navigate, there aren’t many tables for Sit & Go’s and tournaments at odd hours, and oftentimes there are no cash game tables for certain stakes. The chat box could also use a bit of fine tuning. Regardless, for a real money poker app, World Series of Poker delivers what it claims to.
Like 888 Poker, this app is not available in the AppStore or Google Play, but for a safe WSOP NJ download or WSOP NV download to your mac or PC, you can visit its website.
17. Poker Stars
Poker Stars is one of the most renowned poker sites in the world. Since 2001, Poker Stars has enjoyed very high traffic, advanced features, quick withdrawals, and professional poker player endorsements. Among this site’s advanced features are multi-table games and the ability to search and track other players and review others’ hands. Another benefit is its in-house software developer so any bugs are quickly addressed and corrected. Additionally, this app will match your initial deposit 100 percent (up to $600), and the large player base makes it easy to find opponents.
On the other hand, Poker Stars does have a few drawbacks like its FAQ-only customer support and specific optimization for Android and iPhone devices, thus limiting this app’s applicability on other devices.
Poker Apps for Money Management
Some of these handy apps may not be made for poker specifically; however, any of them would make any poker player’s life a bit easier.
18. Poker Income Tracker (Free/$9.99)
Poker Income Tracker lets you track your stakes, locations, time played, and results for live games and tournaments. With this handy app, accurately recorded and tracked data lets you analyze such aspects of your game as which locations are the most profitable, what time of day do you play the best, and which days of the week might you not do so well. This app is also quite useful in letting you see your long-term results over time which can be particularly helpful during a slump to remind you that this is a temporary occurrence. This app has versions for both iOS and Android.
19. ITM Poker Bankroll Manager (Free/$3.23)
This handy app is the best way to manage multiple bankrolls, deposits, bonuses, rakebacks, and cash outs for live play or at multiple online sites. While you can opt for the ad-laden free version, for the relatively low and odd price of $3.23, you can remove this annoyance.
Regardless of which version you choose, this app provides an innovative bankroll manager strategy calculator to protect your winnings, a number of beautiful and informative charts, and the ability to support multiple currencies. There are numerous poker money management apps on the market today; however, this one is, truly, tops. However, currently, this app is available only for Android.
20. Poker Manager (Free/$5.99)
Visualize your poker career with Poker Manager. This awesome and simple to use tracker/logger allows you to save and improve your games, keep track of all poker income, view monthly stats, customize options. Among the myriad statistics this app tracks are total profit/loss, best location, average tournament end position, best game, hour loan, and average earned. Whereas the free version has a limitation of 15 games, for $5.99, Poker Manager Pro adds more statistics, handles custom currency, offers improved graphs, allows synchronization across multiple devices, and much more! Currently, this app is only available for Android devices.
For those of you who travel abroad and need to exchange foreign currencies, xe provides current foreign exchange rates to ensure that you get the most accurate and fairest rates and is available for both iOS and Android devices.
There you have it: the 21 very best poker apps on the market today. Have you used any of these, or have I left your favorite off the list? Please chime in below!
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Natalie Faulk is a Las Vegas-based freelance writer and blogger and the author of several books. She is an avid low-stakes (for now) poker player and huge Vegas Golden Knights fan.