It should come as no real surprise that the top poker apps out there come from the brains behind the World Series of Poker (WSOP) – the world’s most prestigious and long-running poker tournament. Today we’re looking at both their apps – Real Money Poker Nevada and WSOP to see whether they live up to expectations.
Real Money Poker Nevada
Are you over 21 and physically located in Nevada, USA? If so, there’s no need to hit up the Las Vegas strip – just sign up for an account with WSOP.com and start competing in games and tournaments for actual cash prizes while on the move.
The app provides three tournament types: Sit & Go Games, Cash Games and Scheduled Tournaments, and you can choose to play for Real Money or Play Money. This is as close to a real poker experience as you can get – you’re sat at a poker table, you can see all of your opponents, their names and current bets. The app allows you for customisation of limits, players and stakes, which is great as it allows you to play on your own terms. You can practice, risk it all, or take on the big boys! The app is very easy to get to grips with and the variety presented keeps you engaged. Being able to practice before you play for Real Money is a winner – it helps you to build your confidence within the app before taking the plunge. Available for free.
World Series of Poker
If you want your poker fix fast, this is the app for you. Simply download the app from the Play store, click ‘Play Now’ and you’ll be immediately whisked away to a live poker table where you can buy in right away to the next hand being dealt. Before you can access different tournaments and skill levels, you’ll first need to accrue a little digital capital – which shouldn’t take you long if this isn’t your first foray into the world of poker.
One thing that immediately struck me about the app, and got my approval, is that there is no dilly-dallying. In line with the fast set up, and being able to buy in to the hand right away, there is little delay or waiting around for other players in between hands. This is fantastic for those of us with a short attention span – opponents react fast and I haven’t experienced any lag from the game itself.
Visually the game does what it needs to do. I like the cool blue colour scheme and the fact that the table is like most online poker games – you’re positioned at the bottom of the screen. WSOP keep it simple and classic – there are no real distractions from the poker itself, bar the options for bonus chips and so on, which just serves to keep things interesting.
Sounds wise there are no surprises – just the usual muted sounds of shuffling of cards that you’ll be used to. It’s very apparent that WSOP have taken their clientele into account – there are few bells and whistles, but that just allows the player to crack on with the game – which in my opinion is what makes a great app.