In recent years, online gaming has become something of a frenzy. More and more people are turning to casual gaming, while organized video game tournaments where professional players compete for coveted money prizes are gaining ground. Younger generations seem so invested in gaming both as entertainment and as a more committed pastime, by watching their favorite gamers on Twitch and YouTube, that the future of the industry is already set to impress us. Recently, mobile gaming has emerged as the definitive trend within the gaming community. What is the role of more traditional games amidst this gaming boom? The case of poker demonstrates that, far from being obsolete, classic games are a vibrant part of the new gaming landscape.
Poker has long been one of the most popular card games ever invented by man – and also one of the oldest that is still played today. Once played casually among friends and family in social gatherings and celebrations, poker easily became one of the most representative games of the nascent casino industry in the 1800s and 1900s. From the first documented casino in Italy, the Ridotto, which was established in Venice in 1638 and closed down more than a century later, to Elizabethan England, card games and poker variants were among the most popular in land-based casinos. Poker saw an incredible mainstream adoption when the first saloons were set up in the Wild West. It quickly became the favorite gambling game in every venue from New Orleans to San Francisco.
Its history follows the evolution of the casino industry. With the advent of the internet, a prime opportunity came up for casino providers: transition to offering online gaming services. Online casinos have many advantages which appeal to players worldwide. They offer the incredible convenience of playing at any time from anywhere, are usually able to offer a wider selection of games that their land-based counterparts, and they often provide newcomers with bonus and offers like free spins – even though some players find them lacking the buzz and the atmosphere of land-based gaming. It is no wonder that the industry easily boomed, and the popularity of poker, along with other classic casino games like roulette, craps, and blackjack, was pivotal to that success.
The Mobile Gaming Revolution
The gaming industry has undergone a major transformation lately, as mobile gaming seems to be taking over. It is estimated that the global gaming industry will surpass $180 billion in profit by 2021, which marks a rise of 30.6% from $137.9 billion last year. In 2018 alone, the mobile gaming market reached $70.3 billion in revenue, which translates to over 50% of the total gaming market across all platforms. This is hardly a surprise when we take into account that there are over 3 billion people using a smartphone all over the globe, and 77% of Americans are smartphone owners. The revenue potential of the mobile gaming industry is further demonstrated by their monetization capabilities – in 2018, 75% of total mobile app revenue was generated by mobile gaming apps. This mobile revolution is in large part owed to the development of a new generation of mobile devices with increased processing power and capabilities.
Video game developers were quick to realize that mobile gaming was the future and they have concentrated their efforts in developing top-notch mobile gaming titles that can compete in terms of engaging gameplay and stunning visuals with any console or PC video game. Online casino providers have also joined the race, and soon an impressive array of mobile poker games, ranging from the usual Texas Hold’em to Omaha Hi-Lo and stud poker variants, have found their way on gamers’ smartphones. While many online poker websites have optimized their browser-based games for mobile players, many others have also launched their own dedicated mobile apps especially for poker games, which run across Android and iOS platforms. More poker providers are sure to release their own mobile apps in the future, as the industry keeps growing and mobile devices offer increasingly bigger screen size and better resolution that allows for a more detailed view – which is ideal for poker strategy games.
The Best Mobile Devices for Poker and Gaming
As the mobile gaming industry expands, mobile device developers have also caught on and have turned to optimize their products for the gaming community – which is now a consumer base with a buying power to be reckoned with. In terms of smartphones, competition is stiff. There are some amazing devices on the market to play mobile poker or other popular mobile games like Fortnite. The Sony Xperia XZ2 is one of them, with a dynamic vibration system that is powered through haptic input, as well as the latest Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, which comes with impressive Game Tools app aids that allow gamers to record and take screenshots easily. In the Apple range, the iPhone XS Max is the winner, with a powerful OS, 4GB RAM and 1242×2688 resolution, featuring a 6.5” OLED screen. In the Android realm, there is nothing better than the Razer Phone 2, which showcases an unbeatable 4000mAh in battery life, a powerful CPU and 8GB RAM, as well as amazing 5.7” screen with 1440×2560 resolution and stunning Dolby Atmos sound.
When it comes to gaming tablets, there is a definitive winner both in the iOS and Android software categories. The 11-inch iPad Pro, with a stunning HDR Retina display and a 1668×2388 pixel resolution (roughly 265 ppi), offers amazing graphics power and is the undeniable first choice when it comes to Apple products. With an Octa-core CPU ranging from the 1.6GHz Tempest to the 2.5GHz Vortex and a 4GB RAM, it has everything you could ever need to play your favorite games on iOS, plus excellent battery life.
When it comes to Android, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 easily takes it home. It also features an Octa-core CPU, which ranges from the 1.9GHz Kryo to the 2.35GHz Kryo but showcases an impressive 6GB RAM. With slightly less battery life than the iPad Pro, a 10.5” screen size and 1600×2560 resolution (roughly 287 ppi), it also offers a terrific AMOLED HDR display and amazing sound powered by Dolby Atmos and quad stereo speakers, which make it the perfect Android tablet for gaming.
Whether you are an experienced player or just testing the waters of mobile poker games, choosing the right mobile device can make or break the experience – and luckily, there are several great options to choose from.