I found something pretty cool recently. There is an English company call Switch Poker that created a mobile poker app for the iPhone. This is one of those things that would blow up if poker was ever legalized in the United States. Needless to say, the iPhone poker apps are only going to be available for poker players outside of the USA.
Imagine being able to play a quick raked game while you are away from your computer. That is what Switch Poker is currently offering. You can currently play at a 6-player mobile table. The stakes vary from 0.05/0.10c up to 1.0/2.0 Euros. The rake that Switch Poker charges is 5% of the pot.
Since this poker app is in its infancy, there isn’t much in the way of options. The only poker game they offer is Texas Holdem in the 6-player ring games. However, they always has to be a first and the kinks and bugs need to be worked out.
Switch Poker does have plans to expand and offer a range of games like Omaha poker, pot-limit holdem, sit n gos and multi-table tournaments as well as larger tables for ring games.
The idea of mobile poker is what gets me excited. I can’t tell you how many times I have been somewhere and have wanted to play a quick game of poker while I’m killing time. Currently, I just have to go to one of the thousands of non-gambling apps and games from my iPhone.
If you had the option between playing the same brain-numbing games on your mobile or playing a game of skill like poker, which would you choose. It’s only going to be a matter of time before poker becomes more popular on devices such as the iPad and the other knockoff tablets.
But what happens if I go out of range for my cell phone? Probably the same thing when you computer freezes or you get disconnected from the internet. You will be folded out/sit out until you get back online. If you are in a ring game, you probably will have a set number of hands before you are logged out of the table.
I have seen a couple of other mobile poker sites come and go in the past year or two. The biggest problem is that the mobile poker game just isn’t popular enough yet. It has to be a casual poker player or a pro poker player away from their computer. Most players who take poker seriously will want to play at multiple tables at the same time and want every poker option available.
The big kick-start to mobile poker will be the legalization of online poker in the United States. The majority of the iPhone, Android and other smartphone users are from the United States. Since they can’t play games for money over the phone, there is not a whole lot of money left to make major developments in mobile poker for providing that convenience for the pro poker players in Europe.