Instant Play Poker provides users with an alternate version of the poker room client that requires no download and permits them to play directly from a browser.
The main advantage of poker instant play software is that it supports far more operating systems than the standard poker client usually allows. Instant Play poker is playable from Mac’s, Linux and all versions of Windows OS directly from the player’s favorite browser.
There are some disadvantages of playing instant play poker in that usually the game lacks certain features found in the full downloadable client versions of the software.
Due to the recent surge in popularity of poker mobile apps, we have included mobile poker apps to the list too, we believe in time the mobile poker app market will become a major player in the poker industry especially seeing that latest smart phones with Android OS / IPhone OS can run flash based poker games.
Several poker rooms like Full Tilt Poker have already identified this ever increasing mobile poker trend and are getting in early on the poker mobile action with the launch of their Rush Full Tilt Poker mobile app, but others like PokerStars are sadly left behind. Come on PokerStars get your act together, where is your PokerStars Mobile game or even a PokerStars instant play version?
Portability and accessibility are the major driving forces behind the demand but on the other hand playability seems somewhat dampered at this early stage.
Instant Play Poker Games and Mobile Poker Apps
FullTiltPoker have yet to develop a fully fledged Full Tilt Poker Instant Play version of their software but they have made up for this partially by launching a mobile device app of FullTilt which can be played via a flash enabled browser although it is not the full version of their game and only offer rush poker, I guess you can say FullTilt Poker Instant Play does exist albeit a limited version.
Full Tilt Poker Mobile: Full Tilt Poker do offer a mobile version of their rush poker game in the form of a mobile poker app for more detailed information see Full Tilt Poker Mobile
PokerStars is way behind most and do not currently offer either PokerStars instant play software or a PokerStars mobile app, pretty sad really as one would expect with all the players they have and the amount of rake they generate they could easily afford to dominate in all aspects of poker that being said, PokerStars do offer a Mac compatible client and of course their standard PC version client.
PokerStars mobile: PokerStars do not currently support a PokerStars mobile app at this stage, while I have seen a PokerStars hack while doing some research on the subject, that allows one to play PokerStars via a mobile device, but it is only possible with a remote connection from a mobile device to a PC, then you remotely control the actions via your phone and playability is very limited, this PokerStars hack certainly is not endorsed and could be used across the board to make any poker room playable via a mobile phone.
PartyPoker does offer an instant play version that has been available for ages, it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. PartyPoker Instant Play software requires java and allows you to play directly from your browser with no download needed. The PartyPoker Instant Play version does lack some features found in the full client version like Table Filters, Private Tables, Dealer options, Network status, Table resizing and cascading. Party Poker have named their instant poker software PartyPoker anywhere, follow the review for more in depth details.
PartyPoker mobile: PartyPoker does not have a mobile app version of their software at this stage.
Ultimate bet do offer an instant play version of their UB software, we have previously written about UB instant play here: UltimateBet Instant Play
Ultimate Bet Mobile: There is no Ultimate Bet Mobile app at this stage.
Carbon Poker doesn’t offer an instant play version, but do offer a mac compatible version of their game, if you would like more details follow this post: Download Carbon Poker.
Carbon poker mobile: no mobile version for Carbon Poker exists at this stage.
Bodog Poker offers instant play, for our full review please read the following post: Bodog Poker Instant Play
Bodog poker mobile: no Bodog mobile poker app has been created to date, there is a Bodog Casino Mobile version.
888 Poker do offer an instant play version of their poker game. Read our full review of 888Poker then click the download link for more details,
888Poker mobile: No mobile poker app has been developed for 888poker at this time.
UWin Poker offers an awesome instant play poker version that can be played in any browser supporting Mac, Linux and all Windows versions read more about it in our previous review: UWin Poker Instant Play
UWin poker mobile: No mobile app version of UWinPoker has been created yet.
Winner Poker does offer an instant play version of their game, read our Winner poker review then follow the download links and you will see the WinnerPoker instant play button when entering their site: Winner Poker Review
Winner Poker Mobile: No Winner Poker Mobile app has been created yet
PartyCasino Instant Play
PartyCasino instant play is available where one can get a taste of several Casino games on offer at Party Casino, read our PartyCasino Instant Play post for more detailed information.
PartyCasino Mobile: no mobile app has been developed yet.
Hopefully in the near future other poker rooms will see the trend and develop more mobile poker apps or at the very least offer an instant play poker version of their software. It really is hard to comprehend how PokerStars have still not released a PokerStars mobile app version or at least PokerStars Instant Play for their overly popular poker room, I'm sure we will see it in the future and the likely cause of it not already existing probably is due to security concerns.
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