How To Easily Play Poker With Other People During The Pandemic

With lockdowns in full-swing and Covid-19 on the rise, professional athletes aren’t the only ones who are pained by the social isolation. Those in the world of poker are struggling as well to make it through what seems like an eternity of not being able to play the game they love. No need to hack your way through the dark jungle of online poker—we’ve got you covered.

Getting Started

The best way to play online poker is with friends, especially if you’re in it more for the fun rather than the money. However, if you’re serious about improving your skills or getting in games with high stakes, then check out Otherwise, get a solid circle of friends together online, preferably a group that all have similar schedules as you, and set up some times during the day or week that you’ll all agree to play.

It’s a good idea to use a video chat app while you play, such as Zoom, to keep the social aspect of poker that we all know and love.

Online Poker Game Rooms

There are several online poker game rooms that will offer different features and types of games. You’ll want to know before deciding if you want to play high stakes or low stakes if you want to play with friends or strangers, and what type of poker you want to play. There are many sites that will allow you to get private games going with friends, and you shouldn’t have to download anything for many of those sites, and you’ll play in the browser.


PokerStars is the most commonly used online poker destination, especially if you’re just wanting to play some games with friends. You will need to download the PokerStars client onto your computer and then you can send out invitations to friends. Since we’re all stuck at home, have some fun with it and send some personal invitations. Only your friends with the invitation can join the game, so you don’t have to worry about any strangers sitting down at your table. You can play with real money or fake cash, which is great because your friends don’t have to pay anything to join in on the fun.


This is the next best option for online poker, as it’s just as easy, if not easier, than setting up a game on PokerStars. You simply pick which style of poker you want to play (Texas Hold ‘Em, 7 Card Stud, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, or Pick ‘Em), and then you can begin to invite friends to play with you. Pots can be for as low as fifty cents or two dollars.


While online poker platforms can be great for getting a game together with friends on the weekend, many of us are on the go and we need a mobile option to play one. Unfortunately, the main platforms used for online poker do not have a mobile option, and you’ll have to go with a different platform if you want to play from your phone. Not to worry, the apps designed for poker are great options for play anywhere, anytime.

World Series of Poker

This app permits sit and go’s, cash games, and scheduled tournaments, and real money games wherever you go. With cashing in and out made easy, the app accepts all cards, Pay-Pal, PayNearMe, Neteller, and E-check. This game is special in the fact that you can win cash prizes or tickets to WSOP events, which is something everyone should get the chance to experience at some point in their life if interested in poker.

Appeak Poker

Appeak Poker is one of the most time-tested poker apps around and has been a major player ever since poker was introduced to mobile apps. This app has a special feature that permits players to join in on a quick game, including MTTs, sit and go’s, Double-Ups, and Bingo Bango. Not to mention the Dual Functionality feature, which allows you to go head to head with your friends.

While these are the most popular online platforms and mobile phone applications out there, they are by no means limited to just these. There are countless other apps that can meet your needs, however, these are certainly the most popular and prevalent. Beginner poker players tend to gravitate towards PokerStars or 888.Poker because they are enabled to play low stakes games with their friends in private rooms. These are probably your best options if you want to improve your poker skills. Remember to always fold if you’re unsure, and never play when you’re not in a good mood!

Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

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