mFortuneWinner of the 2012 mGaming award for best mobile Poker operator, mFortune is a casino and Poker room specifically designed to be played on mobile devices. This gives it a distinct advantage over most other sites where the mobile applications can look a bit like they were tacked on as an afterthought, which in some cases is true.

mFortune launched in 2007, at just about the same time as the first iPhone was released and since inception, mFortune have grown rapidly to the point where they now have around 2.3 million players across their casino, Poker and Bingo brands. Based in the UK, and being very much focused on the UK market, mFortune are subject to British rules and regulations on game fairness, and banking security. The Poker room started up in 2010 and already has tens of thousands of players, making this an action packed place to play.

Installing mFortune Poker is simply a matter of choosing your phone type from their homepage, entering your number, and then following the link that mFortune will text to you. Enter your details, and then install the software in a process that took me all of 4 minutes. A huge range of phones and tablet devices are supported including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus tablet, HTC, Sony Ericsson and unusually for a mobile Poker room, Blackberry devices are also covered.

As soon as you sign up, you are given a £5 bonus credit absolutely free to get started with and you get to keep any winnings that you may get with the free bonus. Depositing real money can be done in a number of ways, including paying via your phone bill. For your first deposit, you will need to enter your payment details. mFortune accept Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Delta, UKash, and Switch for first time deposits.

To pay via your phone bill, you need to be a customer of Orange, T-Mobile, O2, Vodafone, or 3, but note that withdrawals can only be done via a bank transfer of cheque. Just choose the Banking option from the lobby area, select a deposit method, and then choose a deposit amount to credit instantly to your account, which can be boosted for new players with a 100% bonus up to £100. You can even get a £3 bonus just for ‘liking’ mFortune on Facebook. All banking is carried out through secure systems, regulated by UK rules for complete peace of mind.

Once signed up, you are ready to play. You can choose to play for fun or real money and once you have created a player name and picked an optional avatar, you can choose from the list of tables.

Currently mFortune only offer Texas Holdem cash games, but they are available in a range of buy in and blind levels, so just pick a level that suits you, and start playing. You can also choose fast, slow, or normal speed tables, the number of players and if it is not already taken, you can choose a seat position.

Game play is of a high quality. Playing on a Samsung Galaxy the screen was an ideal size and had well-designed control buttons, as well as a clear views of the cards and other players. While playing at the ‘Medium’ level at a normal speed table, the pace was just about right for me. You can view an Action Log, which shows you who played what hand and what they did for the last few hands. There is also a nice “chat” function. However, it was all business when I was playing, as the other mobile poker players were not very social or chatty.

Being specifically designed as a mobile Poker room, mFortune have developed their own software. Their custom mobile poker software gives them their own look, which is a nice change from many mobile sites, which just use off the shelf software. The big downside to mFortune is the fact that they only offer Texas Holdem games. Those who seek a variety of mobile poker games like Omaha or mobile poker tournaments will not find the games selection to their liking. They have recognised that players want tournaments and are working to get these up and running soon. Additionally, Sit and Go tournament games are expected to be introduced soon by mFortune.

Whilst primarily for mobile phone poker players, you can play at mFortune on your home PC if you choose. Whether playing at home or on the move, the same pool of players are at the tables. As with all mobile Poker sites, you need to be sure of a good Wi-Fi connection to get the best out of the games, and beware of data charges if playing over a 3g connection.