A Guide to Mobile Pai Gow Poker

Fact: Mobile usage has exploded the last couple years. Mobile gaming, too.

My wife and I both always have our phones next to us. My tablet is often sitting next to me too, usually for work purposes. Then, at night, I watch shows on my tablet while I play games from my phone.

I’m not the only one, either. Statistics show that people favor games on their mobile devices. In fact, more than 13 million people enjoy playing social casino games monthly. Another statistic shows that 32% of consumer spending will be on games by 2017.

So it’s no surprise that more and more people are asking, how do you play pai gow poker on your phone or tablet?

Unfortunately, though, if you want to play pai gow poker for real money, your options are limited, if not non-existent for the time being. We were not able to find a casino that offers it.

On the bright side, several options exist from the app store. You can’t play for real money, but if that doesn’t matter to you, then those are good alternatives until casinos add more games to their lineup.

Of course, there’s always the option of playing other mobile casino games.

In either case, we wanted to explain what options you do have, how mobile casino gaming works, and how to get started. We want you to leave this page prepared, regardless of the mobile games you plan to play.


What Mobile Casino Games Can You Play?

Unfortunately, at this time you’re not going to find a real money casino app that offers pai gow poker. I searched high and low, and not one casino has it.

Most casinos offer only a handful of games – the most popular ones – which include roulette, blackjack, slots and craps.

In time I expect more games to be included, but for now you’re limited to play money apps, playing pai gow from a computer or playing other casino games.


Other Casino Games

On the bright side, you can find most popular casino games. Again it depends on where you want to play. But here are the games most readily available:

  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Slots (and variations)
  • Video Poker (variations)
  • Casino Holdem
  • Progressive Jackpots
  • Keno
  • Scratch Cards
  • Live Dealer Games


Americans won’t have access to live dealer games.

The best mobile casino for Americans is Carbon Poker, if anything because of their selection of games. Bovada is a good option too, but they only have 7-10 games at the moment.

Bet365 is a good place to start for international players. Tons of options, and they have a live dealer app.


How to Get Started

Playing from your mobile device is simple stuff.

The fastest way to get started is to visit the casino of your choice and scan the QR code. Most casinos have them. The few I’ve used take you to the casino. From here you’ll click their links to be taken to the app store to download the app.

Once it’s done downloading you’ll want to log in or create an account. From my experience creating an account is easier from your computer, or tablet if you have a keyboard.

From here you can make a deposit, if you haven’t already, then choose a game and play.

All devices are compatible, but remember what I said earlier about how it varies from location and casino.

Blackberry and Windows devices will receive the short end of the stick. Few casinos have compatible apps. Not a surprise given their market share.

Apps exist left and right for iOS and Android, and you won’t often find one casino that offers one but not the other.


Exclusive Offers For Mobile Devices

One perk to playing from your mobile device is that casinos offer mobile-exclusive promotions. These are either cash offers, free bets or small deposit bonuses. All are smaller than your standard $1,000 web offer.

Most of these offers will have their own terms, and they aren’t very clear. You’ll want to read them, especially if you have plans to participate in one of the larger deposit bonuses. Often casinos will only let you take advantage of one ‘new player’ type bonus, so you don’t want accepting a free $25 bet to interfere with your plans. If you have any questions support should be able to help you out.


Alternatives to Casino Apps

One thing you’ll find is that many casinos still don’t have apps, or apps compatible with devices like BlackBerry or Windows. So, what now?

Unfortunately, you’re limited. We’re seeing a transition in technology used. For example, most casinos use Java or Flash for their casino games. But most mobile devices are compatible with HTML 5. They’re only compatible with Flash if you download 1-2 additional apps and use special browsers.

If you can make something like that work, then you could theoretically play from your browser if the casino has a no download section. That might be easier said than done on your phone, though, given the size. But it’s definitely a possibility on your tablet.

Another option is to use a remote desktop app. Using one of these apps you’d be able to connect to your desktop from your tablet/phone, and basically use it as if you were on it. Then you could play the desktop version (download or non download version) of the casino. But you run into the same ‘size’ problem I mentioned above.


Last – you can always grab an app from your respective app store. There are tons of casino game apps, many of them for free. Here are some examples for pai gow poker.


Social games are always an option too.