In December 2013 the WSOP app moved from EA Games to Playtika the huge social gaming development company that designed the social slots and casino app Slotomania. The decision to move from Electronic Arts to Playtika was down to the fact that Caesar’s Interactive bought out a huge share in Playtika and it simply made sense to hand them the app. Since the transfer there’s been more than a few unhappy WSOP app players, however this may simply be down to the fact that in general, people don’t like change, and maybe it’s a case if getting used to some of the new functionality that’s being offered.
The app itself is a play money app, no real money is of course allowed as yet however it does offer chances to win seats to live events, most notably seats and packages to the WSOP in Las Vegas. This app itself looks a little busy for some players likings and that is still the problem poker has when being played on a smaller mobile device. The avatars and chips, cards and buttons all take up quite a lot of space and it does take a little getting used to, especially if you’ve played online poker for real money before in rooms like BetOnline where everything seems just so much more ‘real’. This doesn’t take away from the fact that the app is pretty good though and there are some cool features such as the amount of player stats that you have available, the fact that you may collect free chips every few hours and unlike many similar apps you may enjoy a game of Omaha with the WSOP offering. There’s also sit n go tournaments and a slots mini game should you fancy a break from the poker too.
The WSOP app is most definitely not for the poker purist, and the fact that only play money is used will of course rule most serious players of the game out, but for recreational poker play and a little bit of fun then it’s not so bad and we can see its appeal.