Owners of iPads and iPhones have plenty of choices when it comes to enjoying casino and poker games, as some of the very first iPhone games were for poker fans, including Apple’s own Texas Hold’em app. Millions of people around the world play casino games such as poker, slots, blackjack, and video poker so it only makes sense that game developers would create numerous apps and games for iOS devices that essentially let you carry your own portable casino wherever you go.

Poker games run the gamut from those such as Apple Texas Hold’em that let you sharpen your skills versus computer opponents while others such as Zynga Poker offer an experience similar to online poker sites, with tens of thousands of players worldwide playing together at the same time. Most poker apps are available for free at the App Store and many are integrated with Facebook and other social media sites, letting players compete with their friends to see who can accumulate the most chips as well as getting extra chips for inviting friends to play.

On the casino side, you’ll have a wide range of games to choose from, including most of the games you’ll find at casino online sites including blackjack, roulette, and slots. In addition to letting you learn and practice new games — including those with more complicated betting action such as craps — you can also tap into apps that help you learn how to count cards at blackjack as well as play perfect basic strategy at blackjack and video poker.

One thing to keep in mind is that most casino and poker apps only let you compete for play chips, as Apple has to date been hesitant to approve many apps for real-money play at online gambling sites. Owners of iOS devices that live outside the US will be able to access some apps released by online casino, sportsbetting, and poker sites, but those in the US (as well as other countries with laws prohibiting online gambling) will have to be content with battling it out for play chips at the poker tables and virtual casinos.


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