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888 Poker, the fourth highest trafficked online poker website in the world according to PokerScout, appears to be working feverishly to attract new players into the game.
888 Poker recently launched its Mobile product, which allows players from across the globe to compete on 888 via their iPads and Android devices, with iPhone compatibility coming soon. iPad compatibility is brand new.
This is a major step for a poker site that has at times more than 3,000 cash game players competing, as many in the industry believe the mobile market is one that will soon occupy a significant portion of overall play online due to the popularity and convenience of smart phones with small screen displays.
The new 888 application for iPad is basically a cut-and-dry method of playing poker online without displaying the main lobby and other graphically cumbersome features. For the Android and iPad applications, players can only compete at one table for the time being, although this could be extended in the future depending on demand.
Being able to play in sit and gos from a mobile device is a huge plus for many beginning poker players looking to pay a one-time fee for a set number of chips in hopes of placing in the money at the conclusion of a tournament. The SNGs, as all current online players know, generally can be played in a few minutes and do not require any additional commitment beyond the original buy-in and rake unless the SNG is a rebuy.
At the moment, the app allows only Texas Hold'em play, but that likely won't be a major setback based on the game's reach. New players who come in via mobile devices will be allowed to enter the same cash games and sit and gos that the rest of the 888 Poker player pool has access to, which makes for a much easier experience when it comes to finding a game at any time.
The Quick Seat option is highly useful for real-time play on smaller screens and it's absolutely necessary on 888 since there is no poker lobby displayed in the mobile version. With the new app for iPad, players can connect via a 3G network or WiFi and even choose their own persona.
New players who sign up via mobile devices will be happy to learn that 888's first time deposit bonus and benefits extend to those entering the game via their iPad or Android. Having an opportunity to collect free cash while getting started on a new site and learning the software is very important and can make a major difference in determining a person's overall win rate.
Among the industry, the overall competition at 888 Poker is considered to be much weaker than what you'll find at larger sites such as PokerStars and PartyPoker, where large prize pools and massive cash game opportunities attract the highest ranked players.
If you're currently using an iPhone and would like to know when 888 Poker will have an application released that enables you to play, 888's website states that this version is "Coming Soon." We can only assume that it is the most important mobile application on deck now that the iPad and Android versions have successfully launched.
The apps that are now available are all 100% free and do not require any extra cost to download and utilize. To find out more about 888 Poker mobile apps and to download the software, visit 888Poker.com.
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