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The biggest Poker site in the world has one of the best mobile applications in the world. PokerStars have worked hard to get into the position they have reached, and one of the ways that they have done this is by being highly innovative. With the huge increase in the use of mobile phones and tablet devices, PokerStars were one of the first sites to develop downloadable apps that let their players enjoy games wherever they are.

PokerStars is available in most countries around the world, with the notable exception of the USA. You can use the mobile PokerStars app to play anywhere that has a Wi-Fi, or 3g mobile connection.

Like the actual desktop software, the PokerStars mobile app is perfect for playing your favourite poker games. The PokerStars mobile apps are available for a wide range of devices, and come in two formats. The Apple app is available for free download from the App Store, and works on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

The Android app can be downloaded directly from the PokerStars website, through a clearly marked link. Like the iPhone app, the PokerStars Android App is free of charge. Supported Android devices include any mobile phones which run Android 2.2 or above and have screen resolutions of at least 800 x 480. This means that you can play poker on just about any Android based mobile device, as the specifications for the app cover most of the common models released in the last couple of years like the Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and X13, HTC Sensation and Desire models, and Motorola Droid RAZR. Getting a software update through your phone is usually an easy process, as you can just check you device before playing your session of mobile poker.

The PokerStars mobile apps are available in numerous languages including English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, and Portuguese. Due to local laws, mobile players in the Netherlands can only access PokerStars.eu, not PokerStars.com.

It is recommended that where possible you play over a Wi-Fi connection, as this will give you a stronger signal, over a wider area, and cost less. If you are playing over a 3g connection, on the move, you could lose signal, as well as potentially face higher charges from your mobile operator.

If you have an existing PokerStars account, you will need to use that account on your mobile device, as you cannot have more than one account. However, if you are new to PokerStars, you can either create a new account from the desktop site, or click ‘Need an account’ on your mobile, and follow the simple steps to get started.

For new players, making your first deposit from an Android device is simply done through the ‘Web Cashier’ link. However, if you are playing on a mobile Apple device, the first deposit must be done from the desktop version of the PokerStars software. Subsequent deposits for Apple customers can be made through the Web Cashier. All your personal and financial details are carried out in a secure manner, with the same security systems, as you will find at the desktop site. As an added layer of security, the PokerStars iPhone app does not permit you to save your password. Whilst this might be a bit on the inconvenient side, it ensures that if your device is stolen, no one can play in your name. Payment options through the Web Cashier include Visa, MasterCard, UKash, NETeller, Skrill (Moneybookers), and Paysafecard.

Once you are all signed up, you will find that the PokerStars mobile version is a user-friendly place, where you can play the same great games as on the desktop site. From the easy to navigate lobby area, you can access all the real money and play money tables that PokerStars provide, and you will be playing against the same pool of players that you would face in the desktop version. All tournaments, cash games, sit and gos and Zoom fast-fold games can be played using these apps. This is a definite bonus, as some mobile poker versions only let you play against other mobile players, severely limiting the selection of poker games.

You can also play up to four tables at once on the iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices. The iPad allows you to multi-table five tables at once and switching between tables is a simple one-click operation. Hand History is easily accessed by clicking the ‘Previous’ button for the last hand, the ‘History’ button for hand history, or ‘Playing History Audit’ for a full review.

Although the mobile apps are being constantly updated, there are at present a few things that you cannot do while playing through a mobile device. The main one for most players is that you cannot withdraw any funds through the Web Cashier, only at the desktop site. Thus, you must download a computer based PokerStars software client on your home PC or laptop in addition to the mobile app. You also are not able to change your account information, like address, or password, although this is a sensible security precaution. Serious players may want to play at more than four or five tables at once, but for most people that will not be an issue. You cannot access Home Games from a mobile device, while tournament history, and play money transfers are not available either, and if you receive a call on your mobile during play, you can be cut off from the games.

Most of these are minor issues for the vast majority of players, and overall, the PokerStars mobile apps are among the best available, with any issues being down to Wi-Fi or 3g connections, rather than the apps themselves. Overall, PokerStars is leading the pack in terms of mobile games offerings.