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Poker Mobile 2016 – Smartphone Poker has Truly Arrived

If you had to think of a good reason to play poker though a mobile phone seven or eight years ago, there was only one reason: convenience. Other than the fact that these small phones allowed you to play poker virtually anywhere, there wasn’t a lot else to tout about the mobile game. The graphics were bad, the gameplay was buggy and game selection was very limited. But this has all vastly changed with poker mobile 2016 because the experience is so much better. This is especially the case with smartphone poker developments, which we’ll discuss below.

Very Similar to PC-based Play

Up until recently, mobile poker was looked at as a fun novelty. It was fun to carry around your cell phone and play for a few minutes when you got bored. But let’s face it: guys like Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey weren’t exactly using mobile phones to play any serious sessions.

Things have changed in a big-time way, though, because wireless poker is much more similar to Mac and PC-based play. For starters, the cash-game stakes have increased quite a bit. Mobile players are no longer relegated to just playing $0.02/$0.04 No-Limit Texas Hold’em from their smartphone. Now they can enjoy a lot more mid-stakes games and different variations. Speaking of the latter, some of the biggest mobile poker rooms offer just about every variation available, including Badugi, HORSE, 2-7 Triple Draw and Razz. So there’ll be no shortage of options when you play wireless poker these days.

More Features and Better Gameplay

Continuing with the theme of how mobile poker has become more akin to the PC product, you can also enjoy far more in-play features and superior gameplay. Beginning with the latter, the graphics and gameplay are stellar through an Android smartphone. Sure, this has a lot to do with the advancements of Android products over the years. But one can’t deny how smooth and crystal-clear the modern Android poker rooms are.

As for the features, players have more options at their disposal than ever before. Some of these include lobby filters, hand histories, player statistics and mutli-tabling. It’s almost strange being able to multi-table on a smartphone these days because it doesn’t seem that long ago when playing multiple tables in mobile poker was impossible.

Many Different Sites to choose from

One more sign of mobile poker’s emergence is how players have far more options to choose from when looking for a poker site. Most rooms at least allow you to directly visit their site with a smartphone or tablet and play. Others actually have their own apps that you can download and start playing. In either case, it’s great to see how the number of mobile-compatible poker sites has increased by a lot.

So if you’re hoping to play some poker through your Android smartphone and possibly win some money, you’ll definitely enjoy the experience far more these days.

PokerStars Daily Tournaments Up the Ante

I like to stay on top of the tournament s available for me to cash in on and so hearing the PokerStars is going to have daily tournaments was right up my alley. I like that PokerStars always tries to stay one step ahead of the competition in its offerings and this new series of tournaments, dubbed the Hot Turbos, is right on the money.

The poker tournaments will have various buy-ins and prizes that vary as well, with some as large as $30,000. As if that weren’t incentive enough, the pools will be doubled on Sundays. I really like that I can play short, quick games with buy-ins as low as $0.55 or bigger games that have cost $109 to join.

The Turbo

Players who are unfamiliar with Turbo events will find that they move at a much faster speed and that the blind levels increase much more quickly. Rounds last about five minutes, compared to ten or fifteen minutes for a normal game.  The break time for these tournaments is usually thirty minutes compared to the sixty minute breaks in standard poker tournaments.


The Hot Turbos will be played seven days a week with levels of play varying from less than a buck to join to the $109 max buy-in. If you are interested in playing in these super-hot tournaments, you need to go to the PokerStars site and search for Hot Turbos to register for the next one coming up. If you use the satellites that are available for the games, you may be able to get your seat for less money.

The schedule for the turbo tournaments stays the same during duration of the event and is listed on their website. You can find the buy-in, time and the payout listed for your convenience. Players can play for a pool of $30,000 with a mere $75 buy –in or $2,500 for a $0.55 buy-in. There’s a game for everyone in the Hot Turbo tournaments.

Mac players will enjoy this news as the site is one of the Mac friendly poker sites. There are other bonuses and incentives available for players.  There are many different games to choose from and multiple payment options for withdrawing money. Check out the find out how the games and payouts work before committing to play. Once you have the details, sign up to play in the Hot Turbos tournaments and get in on the action.

Trailer for New Greek Movie “Poker Face”

When it comes to the world of poker cinema, there’s “Rounders,” which has some great poker quotes by the way, and then there’s not really much else to discuss. But perhaps the Greek film industry could help fill the gaping void between Rounders and other poker movies with a new project called “Poker Face.” Saving you the headache of any cheesy Lady Gaga jokes, we’ll get right to what Poker Face is about.

From the looks of the preview, the protagonist is a young female player who’s looking to take down a fictional European poker champion named “Waterproof.” Along the way, Waterproof unsuccessfully tries to put the moves on our lady hero, they end up exchanging some run-of-the-mill poker advice, and the two eventually play heads-up for €600k. Poker Face may not immortalize the game like Rounders did, but it certainly looks worth viewing.

Poker on a Cruise Ship

Playing Poker on a Cruise Ship

What a combination: playing poker and being on a cruise ship.

Card Player Magazine, one of the premier poker magazines out of Las Vegas, enlists Linda Johnson (“The First Lady of Poker”) as the honcho on Card Player Cruises. She has run more than 40 of them and knows her business.

More than that, she also knows Card Player Magazine, having been the owner for eight years prior to 2001. She sold out, but kept the rights to the cruises. Good idea!

This former postal worker from southern California entered the ladies event of the World Series of Poker in the early 80’s, placed fifth, quit her job, and moved to Vegas to play poker full-time.

Her poker cruises go where most cruises go: Transatlantic, the Mexican Riviera, the Caribbean, Alaska, Russia, and South America. On a recent Mexican cruise, most of the players were beginners, booking to see what the poker phenomenon was all about and to pick up some tequila, high quality silver jewelry, and perhaps a sombrero.

About 25-40% of the passengers have booked for the poker element. So, the poker player in your family can play while at sea while the Significant Other catches some rays in a lounge chair by the pool. Something for everybody as long as you are 18 years or older.

Lou Krieger, author of “Poker for Dummies,” offers onboard seminars. A beginner can take some lessons and immediately start playing in a low limit game. There are tournaments with great cash prizes. The non-smoking poker room is prepared to offer any game, at any limit, that players want.

Linda Johnson also steps ashore from time to time. She holds the annual Linda Johnson Celebrity Challenge Poker Tournament at the Casino Europa in San Jose, Costa Rica each summer. A number of poker games, including the popular No Limit Texas Hold ‘em game, is offered. Such poker stars as Daniel Negreanu (“Kid Poker”) and World Series of Poker winner Scotty Nguyen hop planes and head south to help Linda out.

You might also recognize Linda as the onstage announcer (Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten sit offstage) at televised World Series of Poker events. She is the one who says, “Shuffle Up and Deal,” and calls the action at the tables.

There is another kind of poker played on another kind of cruise event that Linda also runs. In conjunction with the World Poker Tour (WPT), an annual No Limit Texas Hold ‘em tournament has been held on chartered – just for the poker gang – Holland America ships.

In 2004, Erick Lindgren beat his best buddy, Daniel Negreanu, to snag a million dollar prize on a WPT Mexican cruise. Negreanu didn’t hold his defeat against Lindgren: soon after, Erick was Daniel’s best man at his wedding to Lori.

Back to the cruise and Erick’s victory: to celebrate, he ordered drinks for the house in The Crow’s Nest Bar on the ship, the beautiful MS Ryndam. It seemed like a good idea at the time, maybe until Erick woke up the next morning (or was it afternoon?), to discover a receipt for a $22,000 bar tab by his bed.

January 19, 2007 – Added Some New Poker Articles

So it’s been awhile since we’ve really made much of an update, but that doesn’t mean that the poker articles found on this site are out of date, oh no. Each and every poker article still holds is validity and can still be used to win at poker against multiple opponents.

And just for you, I’ve decided to add a few more poker articles to our arsenal.

The first article about poker focuses on strong versus weak poker hands in no limit holdem. The article basically tells you which hands come out on top in a typical hand of poker

The next article that I’ve added gives advice about how to choose the best sit and go table. This was a difficult concept to write about, but I felt that it was necessary to add.

June 19, 2006

New poker article added on how to build your own poker table.

New poker chips resources page added

Press Release from Showdown Poker Tour – Matt Savage joins Showdown Poker Tour

News from Daniel Negreanu’s video game, Stacked Poker. Daniel Negreanu’s Stacks Poker Video Game get’s new intelligence.