Whether counting your steps, investing in Bitcoin, learning Spanish, or designing a website, chances are, there is an app that can do it for you.
Given the immense popularity of online poker and the statistics involved with the game, it should be no surprise that many poker apps are out there. For example, a quick search for the word poker in either the Google Play Store or the App Store reveals thousands of matches.
So how are you supposed to know which ones are worth your time (and money) and which aren’t? Good question! Well, it’s your lucky day because we’ve done the heavy lifting for you after years of trial and error. So check out this handy list of the best poker apps to improve your game.
Bankroll Management Apps
To be successful at poker, you need to be good at tracking your finances. It sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised. Keeping up to date with your wins and losses will help you assess your gameplay and can also be a great way of controlling your play and minimizing risks.
Poker Income Tracker
Everything from fitness to finance is all about tracking and metrics these days. Poker is no exception, and being able to analyze different aspects of your play is a +EV play, whatever way you slice it. Poker Income Tracker is one of the best ways to do this. The app allows players to track their profits, losses, playing time, results, and more. So monitor your money and work out where and when you are playing at your best.
The Poker Manager app is a handy app for tracking every aspect of your poker career. The app allows you to track your performance and monitors your total profits and loss, your tournament averages, your optimal playing locations, and more. The slick visuals certainly don’t hurt, either. There is a free version of the app and a premium version, which comes with a one-time purchase fee. The latter option is the way we recommend going, as the free version only allows for a limited number of entries. As far as we’re concerned, it’s a must for anyone serious about tracking their data.
Notes & Calculators
Sometimes, the simplest of apps can be the most effective. If you’re the kind of person who ends up downloading tons of apps and has trouble keeping track of everything, maybe relying on a simple notetaking app is the right play. Notes is an app that comes built into all Apple products, and as its name suggests, it’s used for… (drumroll, please) taking notes. Next time you stare at your phone (if you aren’t already), add a quick shortcut to the Notes app to jot down observations and strategies on the fly.
Regarding crunching numbers, Poker Cruncher is one of the best out there. From calculating hand equity to doing other quick math on the fly, it’s a great add-on to your poker arsenal. In addition, a Tournament Cruncher App provides an ICM calculator, which can be particularly useful at certain stages in an MTT.
Those looking to sharpen up their overall poker game will want to look at some of the training apps listed below. We’ve picked a handful of apps that we believe can help players at different levels of experience.
TOK Learn Poker App
Everyone has to start somewhere, and if you’re new to the game, the TOK Learn Poker App might be that place. Developed by Jelle Van den Eynde, who taught himself how to play poker through work, this app is aimed at new players with little to no poker background. Plenty of simple interactive elements in the game are used to help you learn, with the quizzes being a particular favorite of ours. While this app will not be for most of our readers, those who are new to poker or want to help a friend learn the basics should give this one a download.
DTO Poker Trainer
If DOK is for beginners, then DTO is for those seriously looking to up their game. DTO Poker Trainer was developed by the professional poker player Dominik Nitsche. The app plays like a video game, throwing players into highly complex situations and teaching them everything they would need to know about GTO. In addition, the app provides performance analysis and is strongly recommended by a number of pro players. Of course, this level of poker wisdom does come at a cost. There are several pricing options for DTO, with the cheapest being $9.99 a month.
For those of you who enjoy watching the pros battle it out in some fierce action, a streaming app will do you wonders. It’s the easiest and most convenient way to get your poker watching entertainment and will provide you with some necessary in-person poker action.
We’d be remiss if we skipped the “Netflix of Poker,” PokerGO. The subscription-based service includes live poker tournaments like the WSOP and an extensive back catalog of cash games. We don’t know about you, but nothing hits on a lazy Sunday afternoon like throwing on an old season of High Stakes Poker at the click of a button.
Free Poker Apps
Free poker often gets derided for its unrealistic portrayal of real money stakes. Still, it can also be a fun and risk-free introduction to the world of poker for newcomers as they get comfortable with the nuances of the game. It’s also not a bad way to pass the time if you’re into poker solely for gaming and entertainment purposes.
For many players, Appeal Poker is the king of free-to-play poker apps. The app has an easy-to-use interface that makes playing poker simple and fun. It offers various playing options, with the “Play Now” feature being the most popular. Clicking this will throw you right into a game of Texas Hold’Em. There is very little messing around with Appeak Poker. It offers players a convenient, top-quality poker experience with the click of just a few buttons. What’s not to like?
Anyone who has ever played poker on Facebook will have encountered Zynga Poker. Most games here are Texas Hold’Em, but you might find other variations available. The app can be downloaded and played on Android and iOS and is also available on Facebook.
Governor of Poker 1-3
Players looking for something with a fun, video-game-like vibe will enjoy the Governor of Poker series. There are currently three games in the series, each with unique selling points. If pushed, though, we’d back the third one as the best. During gameplay, you’ll travel around an animated Wild West as a cowboy poker player. You start as a total rookie and then–cards and luck willing–earn your way up to the bigger tables, with Vegas being the end-game. The game can be an entertaining way of playing Texas Hold’Em and honing your skills with no real-world risk involved. It also lets players jazz up their characters with in-game purchases and compete against others in online tournaments.