Our phones have almost become an extension of our body. Wherever we go, our phones are. They’re used for practically everything; emails, work, streaming, photos, chatting and yes poker too. But are they the best way to play poker in 2022? In this article we will lay out the pros and cons of using your mobile phone for online poker. By the end of this you should be able to weigh up whether its best for you or not.
Mobile technology is amazing and desktop cannot rival the speed at which we can play. Unlike desktop poker playing where we are reliant on WIFI, mobiles can switch to 4G without issue. This is a definite advantage to playing on our phones as it means we will have less connectivity issues. Imagine being involved in a big pot and losing connection? Those day are gone when you play on your phone as 4G is universally accessible.
As stated before, mobiles go everywhere with us. As such, we have an extremely convenient way of playing online poker. You don’t have to sit at your computer and wait for it to load up. You’re not resigned to playing at home. In 2022, you can play online poker from anywhere. This convenience cannot be overstated, particularly as we’re living in an age where people want things instantly. It’s one reason why Pot Limit Omaha is popular, people want juicier action than before.
It’s widely accepted that our mobiles provide much better security than the desktop. They are fitted better and less prone to viruses or corruption. Think about it, when was your mobile ever compromised? Our phones offer gamblers the opportunity to play with better security. When it comes to money you can’t take a chance and this is definitely why mobile poker is more popular too.
As convenient as our phones are, they are significantly smaller than laptops or computers. This makes playing poker more challenging. After all, your eyes cannot trick you when you’re looking at a 17-inch screen and playing Ace Four, but on your little mobile, you may misconstrue it for pocket aces.
The smaller screen also poses other issues around multi-tabling and properly reading bet sizes. These are not minor issues when it comes to online poker. If you’re a grinder who likes to 4 table, you will have trouble doing so effectively on your mobile.
The downside of mobile poker convenience is the impulsivity that comes with it. Poker playing should be done when you’re focused, prepared and on your A game. This is easy to do on traditional means like PCs as you have to devote time and preparation to playing. But, on mobiles you can just play whenever the mood takes you. This is not as good as it seems as we’re in an era where winning at poker is by no means a certainty. You should only play when you’re able to play well so thinking you can play on the toilet, on your lunch break or after an argument with a partner is likely to cause losses. There is also an increased chance of suffering burn out if you play impulsively.
Finally, we come to the tracking software. Whilst some sites are starting to clamp down on poker HUDs, there are many that still permit it. As long as they are permitted, we need to be using them too or fall behind competitors who are better informed. Unfortunately, HUDs are not accessible when playing mobile poker. This is a problem if you are facing regs who hold the stats in front of them and particularly if you’re playing several tables. It’s difficult to weigh up your opponents playing style when viewing a small screen.
As you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to using our mobiles for poker. It mostly comes down to what your goals are and where your priorities lie. If you are time restricted and wanting to play less tables, mobiles may be a perfect solution. If you want to multi-table and grind loads of hours, you’re probably best sticking to desktop.
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