You can now enjoy real money poker games through apps. There are apps for iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones and tablets. You can access cash games, tournaments, fast-fold games and the new lottery sit and go games through poker apps.
With the biggest and best online poker brands all legal in Canada, you have a big choice of poker apps to download. They include sites like PokerStars, partypoker and 888poker. These sites give you a choice of playing for real money — or practicing your skills in play-money games. With bonuses, promotions and freeroll tournaments available through the apps, you can get your poker bankroll off to a flying start.
This page has you covered for getting the best from Canadian poker apps. You will find how they complement the desktop clients below, what kind of games are best for apps, and how to safely download the latest apps for different devices.
You will find the best poker apps from the biggest poker sites listed below. Each app has a unique mix of games, promotions and software. You will find welcome bonuses available at all the sites below. Check them out for yourself today, and find out which app is best for you:
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There are three things you need to check before you install any poker app. You need to find the best site(s) to play on, to find the best available bonuses at those sites and to make sure you have the latest version of the app with the best security and features.
Checking all these boxes is simple. If you are not familiar with the brands, then our poker site reviews will show you where to find the best cash games and tournaments. Once you have selected a site, you should follow our links to its website using the mobile device you want to install the app on.
This will make sure you get the best available welcome bonus — and the latest version of the app.
You will see a “download” button. Tap this to begin the installation process. This will only take a few minutes. Once the app is opened, you can register, claim your bonuses and check out the different areas of the app. You can make deposits in all poker apps — there is no need to use a desktop to do this separately.
Poker apps include geolocation technology and require location detection to work. Online poker is legal in Canada as long as you are 18 or older. If you go into the US, you will not be able to access real money poker game apps. Local apps are available in selected states there.
Some sites — for example Global Poker — use instant-play browser clients instead of apps. While this does give you access to the games, this is not as stable or reliable as apps that have been created with iOS or Android devices in mind.
There are two distinct types of poker app.
One includes games like Zynga Poker and PokerUP. These are social poker games, where no real money is at stake. They are entertaining apps, though with everyone playing for fun (and rarely folding), they do not resemble the dynamics of poker when real money is on the line.
Real money poker apps let you play for penny stakes, right up to $100,000+ at a time. In cash games, the chips you bet have a real monetary value. Tournaments regularly see players competing for $1 million+ prize pools.
Many people enjoy real money online poker for entertainment. As you climb the stakes, you will find professional players and “grinders” who make a living playing multiple tables and harvesting a small profit from each one. If you have only ever played poker on social apps, then you should study some basic strategy before trying the real money games.
There are “play-money” areas of poker apps from PokerStars, 888poker and Party Poker. These let you experience their software and different poker formats without risking your money. There are ways to win real cash without any risk, too. You can enjoy no deposit bonuses or enter freeroll tournaments, where you get (small) cash prizes if you make a deep run.
The play money games on real money poker apps make an excellent bridge into the real money format. While still loose and wild, play is of a better standard than the “crazy” all-ins of social poker apps. You can also get used to the different formats — for example, the new pooled “fast fold” games.
When it comes to traffic, PokerStars is the biggest site by a significant margin. While you get the biggest choice of games, there is an important caveat: The best players end up there. So while you will find novices, amateurs and grinders at all the sites, what you will see is that the second tier (in traffic numbers) can be noticeably softer than PokerStars.
Here is what to expect in terms of software, games and bonuses from the three most popular Canadian online poker apps:
With a fast, stable and secure operating system, iPhones are the go-to for millions of Canadians. Mobile poker apps are optimized for iOS — with all the major sites offering dedicated downloads.
iPhone (or iPad) poker apps include a lot more than just the basic poker games. You will be able to register, claim your bonuses and manage your account via the app. There is a full cashier, which allows you to deposit, manage your balance and make withdrawals. You will also get access to promotions and the loyalty rewards for each app.
The types of poker and your ability to play multiple tables varies across the app. With tournaments (especially the five-hour-plus ones) less suited to mobile devices, some poker apps focus on cash games, fast fold poker and the different types of sit and go. Sites recommend a minimum of iOS 10 to run their apps.
To make sure that you get the latest version of the app and best available bonus, follow our links using your iPhone or iPad and hit the download button on the poker site. You will find that apps from all the big three poker rooms work seamlessly on your Apple devices. You can find out how the different games work by checking out the play money versions before you play for real money if you wish.
Android powers more smartphones and tablets than any other operating system. Poker apps are available from all the major sites that work with your Android devices.
To get the best available bonus and latest version of the poker apps, you should follow our links to the poker websites via your phone or tablet, then follow the installation instructions.
Each app is unique, though the following areas are in common:
All recent Android phones will work with the poker apps. If you have an older phone, then you might need to upgrade to get the best experience. The sites recommend Android 5 or better.
Online poker is dominated by No Limit Texas Hold ’em. You can enjoy this game in several formats via your poker app. The only other game that sees a wide choice of cash games and tournaments is Pot Limit Omaha. If you prefer more traditional poker formats, you will find a small selection of stud poker and draw poker at the bigger sites.
Here are the main game formats you can enjoy on poker apps:
Apps from the major poker sites are safe. They use the latest 128-bit SSL encryption. You can deposit securely — with the license terms of all European gambling jurisdictions ensuring that player balances and operating costs are separated by the operators.
The shuffle of cards is handled by RNG (random number generator) software. All the poker sites have their shuffle audited regularly. Look for links to certification from eCOGRA or Gaming Laboratories International in the footer of the website.
There have now been billions of hands of real money online poker dealt. Zero evidence can back up any claims that the deal is unfair. Tracking services and audits show that online poker apps give you a completely fair deal.
All apps from major poker sites in Canada have full cashier functionality. This means you can deposit, withdraw and claim your bonuses without needing to separately access a desktop poker client.
Real money poker is legal in Canada, though the banks are not gambling friendly. This means that credit and debit card deposits will often get declined. If this happens to you, then there are plenty of alternative payment options to fund your poker account.
Here are the key deposit methods listed on Canadian poker apps:
When you make your first withdrawal, you will need to supply the poker site with ID verification. This helps keep real money poker clean — protecting players as well as the sites. Most sites will also insist you withdraw the same way you deposited, as long as your payment method supports this. You can withdraw directly through the “cashier” section of the poker app.
Yes. It is more difficult to monitor multiple tables on mobile devices than desktops, though you can play a small number of tables at once. PokerStars uses a tabbed format, allowing up to four tables (five on an iPad). When it is your turn to act on one of the tables, the tab will be highlighted.
Fast fold poker is an alternative to multi-tabling for cash game fans. This format speeds up the game, giving you the equivalent of four times the hands on a single “table.”
Apps are not ideal for multi-table tournaments, and some smaller sites focus on the cash games, fast-fold and lottery/jackpot sit and goes instead. If you are a fan of poker tournaments, then you will find them on the PokerStars and Party Poker apps.
Poker sites give each player a time bank. The length of this depends on the game format. If you have disconnected, then you will get extra time added on during a tournament. After that, your hand will be checked, or if someone has raised and the disconnect means you do not call, your hand will be folded. This happens even if you put money into the pot. For tournaments, you will then continue to pay the blinds and antes until you have reconnected.
In cash games, you will typically lose your seat if you are sat out of a game for two orbits.
This highlights the importance of a stable connection, especially if you are playing for higher stakes.
If you get an all-in situation, you will see the odds of each player winning on poker apps. This is optional, you can switch it on and off in the settings. As the flop, turn and river are dealt, the odds will change.
Yes, many of the gambling sites are keen to offer sports betting and casino games. You can sometimes use a single account to access different types of gambling — and also enjoy promotions and bonuses based on your play. To get the full list of slots and casino games, downloading a separate casino app is recommended.
You need a minimum of Android 5 or iOS 10 to use poker apps. There is also a minimum screen resolution of 800×480 pixels. Additionally, location services must be enabled for your apps to run.
Poker apps do not take up much room on your mobile devices. Examples include the big PokerStars app at 200MB and the 888poker app at just 4MB.
Data transfer is minimal. The apps need to get information on the deal, bet sizes and state of the games. There are no large graphics files or videos to download. You need a stable connection to enjoy the games without disconnecting.