7 Facts About Playing Poker on an Android
1. No US poker site with Android software exists
There are poker sites, casinos and sportsbooks that provide Android apps of their software. Unfortunately, none of those sites accept US poker players. I would expect this to change in the near future, though.
The reason for this, in my opinion, is because most of the sites that cater to the US market are small. It's either not cost effective for them (in terms of development or maintenance) and/or it's not a priority for them now. Their focus is more likely on marketing and branding to build their user-base first.
2. Playing poker (or any casino game) on Android is different than your desktop
If you do manage to find an app, or a poker site in the US decides to develop one, be prepared -- the games will be different. Everything will (obviously) be smaller, harder to see and buttons harder to push. I don't play poker on my phone, but I do play other games. Even with non-poker games I accidentally press the wrong buttons. So it's definitely a possibility to mis-click and bet too much or fold pocket aces. I recommend practicing with fake money first, if possible, just to get the hang of how the software looks and function and only then should you progress to playing poker with money.
3. Playing poker on your Android is safe
Poker sites encrypt your information, just like they do on the desktop versions of their software. Many sites also prevent you from saving passwords and managing your bankroll from your phone, all for security purposes. So I wouldn't worry about safety and security there.
However, that's only one half of the battle. You still need to create unique passwords, and change them often. Additionally, you should use RSA tokens when available, and place locks (with passwords) on your phone. That way, if your phone is ever lost or stolen, your information and money is not at risk.
4. Real money poker on the Android is possible (just not for US players)
To be clear, if you're on this page and you do not live in the US, there are plenty of solid poker sites that have Android apps. You can check out PokerStars, Party Poker, 888 Poker and so on.
5. There are alternatives to real money poker for Android for US players
If you want to gamble for real money on your Android phone or tablet, and you live in the US, you can -- so long as you're willing to play other games. One example is Slotland. You can play a variety of slot machine games there.
6. Real money poker apps should be free
Regardless of whether you sign up to an online casino, poker room or sportsbook, keep in mind that the apps should not cost you anything. These gambling operators already make money from you, whether it's from rake, juice or you losing your money to them. They don't need .99 for the app.
Of course, that's not the case for play money poker apps. Play money apps can cost .99 to 4.99 or so. There are some that are free, though.
7. You need to have an internet connection to play from your Android
However, what will cost you money is your internet connection. In the case of your Android phone or tablet, data. That's something you'll want to be aware of, and keep track of, so that you don't find yourself with an expensive bill because you went over your data plan.