We are truly living in the app generation. The proliferation of powerful smartphones and an increasingly pervasive mobile data network puts hundreds of thousands of apps of all varieties in the palms of our hands from a traveling Android app to budget-saving apps.
People have gravitated towards this new way of circulating software for its convenience and accessibility. There are apps for your household bills, to learn new languages and of course a torrent of popular gaming apps too.
One of the most popular games for people to play on their handheld device is poker, and market leaders 888 Poker have brought a slick new app to the table that puts all your poker needs in one place. A Webapp and also an iOS version so you can enjoy the 888 Poker app on your iPad and iPhone or laptop but we’re going to focus on the functionality of the poker Android app.
888 is a reliable and trusted name in the online casino landscape. Based in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar and listed on the London Stock Exchange, 888 Holdings has operated for 25 years in the gaming market with many popular brands and websites like 888sport, 888casino and of course, 888poker.
The 888 Poker App
From the outset you can tell 888 Poker Mobile is a polished product – registration is quick and painless (there may be additional steps depending on your country of residence) – and then you’re immediately into the action. You can even start enjoying the games before depositing any money using the ‘play money’ feature.
The graphics are crisp and the animations sharp, and the app leans into a dark blue colour theme that won’t be strenuous on your eyes if you’re playing later at night. There are also a choice of avatars that you can assign to your player – pick one that best fits your personality.
The home screen is divided into 6 different poker lobbies:
- Blast – a ‘three handed super turbo Texas Hold’em Sit & Go’ game.
- Snap – 888’s fast fold poker game designed to speed up the play – you’re immediately dealt a new hand the second you fold.
- Hold’em – a classic game of Texas Hold’em.
- Omaha – Standard Omaha rules where each player is dealt four cards.
- Sit & Go – a type of poker tournament with no scheduled start time. Once the table is full, the action begins.
- Tourneys – a selection of multi-table tournaments.
Lastly, there’s the option to visit 888 casino which will take you through to a mobile friendly version of their famous casino site, complete with all the slots and roulette options that 888 is known for.
Once you’ve selected the type of game you want to play, you’ll be taken to a lobby of rooms which can be filtered by buy-in amount. It’s then as simple as making your selection and you’ll be taken into the game.
One of the best features that we think set 888 apart from any other strategy Android app is the option to create your own custom game to invite your friends into. Play with Friends allows you to continue that poker night tradition wherever in the world you each happen to be. Private games can be created on the website which can then be joined via the app.
Navigating the app is straightforward and logical. A bar at the foot of the screen has links to the home, lobbies, casino and deposit pages and your balance is displayed in the top right of the screen.
The gameplay is fast with no delays or lag between turns and all action buttons are displayed clearly at the bottom of the screen. You can interact with other players with emojis or reactions and see at a glance other players’ around the table represented by their avatar.
Access the menu from any page by tapping the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the screen. Here you can switch between ‘Real Money’ and ‘Play Money’, deposit into your balance and join a game with friends.
You can turn ‘Auto Muck Hands’ on or off which, when turned off, gives you the option to show your cards when you fold or when everyone else folds in a hand you’ve bet in. In-game sounds can be toggled on and off, you can change your avatar and you can choose to use your biometric login to access the app (use your fingerprint instead of typing in your password each time). You can also find a list of Tour settings for tournament matches to fully customise your experience.
888 strives to keep the app up to date and bug free. They also listen to their customers – the most recent version now features a portrait mode option, so you can play several poker tables with one hand – a feature which was heavily requested.
Beginners are made to feel right at home – there are links to House Rules, Terms and Conditions and information on Limits & Rakes from the menu and even some tips for those just starting out in the sport. The free play tables take the pressure off if you’re not a seasoned vet just yet.
The 888 Poker mobile app has been well received and its high rating in the Play Store is testament to this. With the Webapp available for your nepal Xiaomi laptop and the apps available for your smartphone, now you can have a professional poker experience wherever you are.
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