PokerStars Mobile Review

There’s no longer the need to be at home in front of your computer in order to enjoy the thrill of online poker.

PokerStars, the global leader in online poker, offers their action-packed platform right in the palm of your hand with PokerStars Mobile. The mobile client, which is available for all iOS and Android, devices allows players to play in real money cash games and tournaments from any smartphone or tablet.

You name the game, from No Limit Hold’em to Pot-Limit Omaha and every poker variant in-between and PokerStars has a game running. Having the largest online poker player base in the world, PokerStars Mobile allows players to find a game anytime, anywhere.

Overview

Online poker has extended its boundaries past the desktop in the past decade, allowing players to find a game wherever they are. Now that just about everyone has 24/7 access to the internet and a smartphone or tablet to access it on, it simply makes sense to allow players to play poker on the go.

For PokerStars Mobile, the challenge was recreating their popular desktop experience for those that want to play on their devices. It was a challenge that was clearly met making PokerStars Mobile a leader in mobile gaming.

The PokerStars Mobile application is available to customers in the same jurisdictions where online poker is legalized and regulated. Downloading the app to your iPhone, iPad or Android device is easy and free allowing for the ability to play both cash games and tournaments.

Cash Games and Tournaments

PokerStars Mobile offers a wide variety of both real money cash games and tournaments. The mobile app players are in the same pool of players as those using their desktop computers. Nearly every stake is available on the mobile app and players can get started by selecting the type of game they wish to be seated in (cash games or tournament), then the poker variant (No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, etc.) and the limit from the micros to the highest stakes.

If you are returning to the app after a previous session a player can get started immediately by using the “Play Now” feature that will seat you in a game the same as the last time you logged on.

In addition, PokerStars popular Zoom Poker is available on mobile. Zoom Poker is a fast-fold variety that allows players to play incredibly fast. As soon as you fold your hand, you are immediately seated at a new table with a new hand. Play only the hands you wish and fold the rest.

There are some poker variants that are not currently supported on the mobile app including Five Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, 2-7 Single Draw, 8-Game Mix, Triple Stud and Badugi. All other games can be found in the lobby.

Multi-tabling is also supported as players on the iPhone and Android can play up to four tables as a time. Five tables are available on the iPad.

Deposit and Withdraw

PokerStars now allows for real money deposits and withdraws using Mobile Cashier. Players log-in to the app and go to the Cashier and select any of the available payment options. For first time customers, there is a ‘Real Money Form’ that needs to be completed before being able to manage money from the mobile app.

Additionally, funds that are deposited from your desktop application are also available to mobile customers.

Customer Support

As one of the largest providers of online poker to the world, PokerStars has a support team ready to assist with questions from mobile customers.

The first line of support comes from their Frequently Asked Questions page that details out how to deposit, withdraw, game select, connection issues, tech specs on supported mobile devices and general security of an account.

Additionally, for any unresolved issue with the mobile app, PokerStars offers a support email for deeper assistance. Note: they will only reply to an email address that is attached to the account in question.

Rewards

PokerStars Mobile counts when it comes to your Stars Rewards. Every time players participate in real money games they earn reward points. When a player collects enough points on their progress bar they receive a Chest with personalized rewards.

Rewards range from items like free tickets into events and StarsCoin to purchase items from the Rewards Store. There are six different valued chests, starting at the Red Chest with a $50 value and ranging up to the Platinum Chest with rewards valued at up to $1,000.

The Pros

  • PokerStars Mobile is just about the easiest way to play poker while on the go and the following features is what makes it a global leader.
  • Easy-to-use lobby and ability to be seated quickly at the desired stakes.
  • Shared player pool with Desktop players in the majority of sit & goes, cash games and Zoom Poker tables.
  • The ability to play four or five tables at a time.
  • Enhanced security using RSA tokens.
  • Management of funds with Mobile Cashier.

The Limitations

While PokerStars is able to bring you just about everything from their desktop client, not everything is available while on the go.

  • Select poker variants are unavailable on mobile.
  • For some, four/five tables is not enough.
  • Security settings are unable to be changed.
  • Account information, including mailing address, password, etc. are unable to be changed.
  • Gaming settings including Preffered Seat, Always Decline Rematch Requests and BOOM!
  • Hand Sharing are unavailable.
  • Third-party software, including HUDs, are will not work with your mobile device.

The Consensus

Despite not having ALL of the poker varieties and some settings that cannot be changed until you are on your desktop, PokerStars Mobile is nearly everything anyone could ask for in a mobile online poker environment.

No matter what games you play and the stakes you play them, there’s going to be a game going 24/7 on PokerStars and with this app, players can be in action no matter where they are.