Internet poker is predominantly played from the comfort of the computer. However, with technology improving at a fast rate, people are able to connect to the Internet from a variety of devices besides the computer. Last month, Switch Poker announced that they would be introducing real money poker to Apple iPhones, iPads, and iTouches. Full Tilt Poker has also begun beta testing a real money Rush Poker app for phones running on the Android operating system. This month, poker will be hitting television sets in the form of a console game.
Microsoft Game Studios has recently invited select players to beta-test Full House Poker. Full House Poker is a multi-player poker game aimed at casual players. The email explains that “you’ll be able to bring your personality to the table with unique tells and avatar accessories.” Players will be able to compete for XP and play chips and it is predicted that real money play will not be allowed.
This may not mean much for real money poker players, but the implications of a poker game on game consoles are huge. As Facebook has done with Zynga Poker, poker on game consoles may reach an entirely new audience which means more players which translates into more fish. If poker law in the United States changes, Microsoft may choose to add real money tables to their existing poker game. Pending on the success of game console poker, it would not be surprising to see PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker dip into the market.