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Mobile Poker Strategy

Written By: PokerNet.com | December 23, 2011 | Posted In Poker Strategy

Mobile poker is the fastest growing segment of the poker industry, thanks in part to online poker restrictions in the United States and to the popularity of mobile devices capable of supporting mobile poker software. The combination of the easy availability and small expense of mobile poker software and a glut in the online poker market means more and more people are getting their poker fix through mobile devices.

If this trend continues, more people will be playing poker on their cell phones and other devices than are playing poker in online poker rooms. Research from T-Mobile suggests that the mobile poker market in America alone could be worth billions of dollars.

Here is a quick guide to playing and winning at mobile poker.

Bankroll Strategy

Playing poker in your web browser makes people more likely to place wagers they may not place in a live poker game. Online poker sometimes seems like nothing more than a video game. If web-based poker makes people too loose with their bankroll, mobile poker makes controlling your bankroll even harder.

Proper bankroll strategy for mobile poker is working out ahead of time how much you can afford to lose per round, per gaming session, and on a monthly or weekly basis. If you control how much you lose, you’ll be more likely to stay in the black.

Loose and passive poker play in a mobile poker game is just as dangerous to your bankroll as the same style of play in an online poker room. Learn to control your bankroll if you want to have more fun and make more money playing poker and other games on your mobile device.

Learn the Games

The biggest mistake mobile poker players make is similar to the biggest mistake made by online poker newbies. They don’t take time to learn a new game before they play. This ignorance about poker variants is the main reason why playing Omaha online can be extremely lucrative—most people at the Omaha tables have no idea how to play the game.

Since mobile games are vastly different from standard poker variations, it is more important than ever to take the time to learn the rules of the game. Never drop real money on a game that you aren’t totally sure how to play.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Most mobile poker clients, like online poker services, offer free versions of their games. These free versions are a fun way to kill some time, but they can also be the one factor that keeps you from losing your shirt playing poker on your cell phone.

This piece of advice goes hand in hand with the one that says you should “learn the games.” The only way to learn is to play the free version of the game over and over again until you’re confident enough to wager actual money on the game.

Besides, you love playing poker, how hard can it be to play a few rounds a day for free? The worst that can happen is you’ll improve your poker skills and make yourself a better poker player. There are so many opportunities to play poker on your mobile phone: on the bus ride home, waiting at the airport, or even sneaking a few rounds during a meeting. Use that time to improve your game rather than send text messages or play Tetris.

The trick to playing a successful game of mobile poker is to control your bankroll, only play games you’re familiar with, and practice as often as possible before you put your real money on the line.

To find top rated poker rooms for your mobile phone, visit our Mobile Poker section that features the best mobile poker rooms on the web today.

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