The current online poker apps for NJ all do their best to mimic the desktop versions of NJ’s regulated online poker rooms. For the most part they succeed in this quite well, though the selection of available tables and tournaments is far more limited.
Playing on multiple tables simultaneously is now an option, but only on one poker application. The touch interface is perfectly useful for poker play, but if you intend to use any kind of chat options you will miss having a keyboard.
This page covers mobile poker apps. Get the rundown on NJ online casino mobile apps here.
Best NJ online poker apps
NJ mobile poker overview: iOS & Android
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NJ mobile poker apps: available games
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Although all five apps allow for free money play, the only one that seems to get “fun” games off on a somewhat consistent basis is PokerStars. And even then, players will have much better luck finding a free play cash game than a tournament or sit & go.
PokerStars is also the only app that offers Pot Limit Omaha games. Other mixed games like Omaha Hi/Lo and Stud games have yet to be integrated into NJ-based online poker apps.
Best mobile poker app for NJ players
Prior to PokerStars’ official launch in New Jersey, WSOP.com held a narrow edge over Borgata Poker for the state’s best online poker app. Now, it’s the PokerStars NJ app that wins out, by more than a little.
PokerStars has integrated its online casino and poker offerings into one comprehensive application, with poker taking center stage.
Not only does the app provide the most robust selection of account management features – which includes access to the cashier, VIP Store, and settings page – but the PokerStars NJ mobile app simply feels more polished than what the competition has to offer.
It’s also the only app that has integrated multi-tabling, non-hold’em variants and lottery sit & go’s. And thanks to the large lobby icons and sliders, finding a game of preference rarely takes more than a couple of swipes.
As for gameplay, PokerStars NJ comes closer than any other NJ operator to simulating the desktop experience on mobile.
PokerStars is partnered with Resorts Casino in New Jersey.
NJ mobile poker app snapshots
WSOP poker app overview
Of all the poker apps this was probably the second best: the inherent advantages WSOP has in liquidity in its usual room carries over to mobile. This more than makes up for the missing features in the software, unless you are very particular about your cash game tables.
While mobile poker functions identically between 888 and WSOP, the WSOP app has the better tournament selection of the two (although this could vary from day to day).
888 Poker app overview
The software that 888 Poker and WSOP use is a little less functional than the apps for Borgata and Party.
Rather than seeing the tables by name (and number of people there) you have to just specify the type of game you are looking for with a number of sliding bars. This makes getting a good cash game tricky at times. Also 888 and WSOP do not have any kind of fast fold game options on mobile.
Though there is a wide range of Sit & Go options, you may have trouble actually finding one that is viable. As with the cash games, you must choose parameters and then hope there is someone else interested, and many of the S&G tournaments that are more popular on the site don’t seem to be available on the app.
Regular multitable tournaments, on the other hand, work perfectly and are excellent.
Party Poker app overview
The app built for the mobile Party Poker room is the same program as Borgata. Since they have a near total liquidity share, you will have the same experience with both programs.
Please note: the iOS version we tested had numerous connection problems that prevented play for several periods. No other app had this issue, including Borgata Poker. The Android version had no such problems, and all devices tested were on the same wireless network. During the times when the iPad did recognize the network connection correctly the app functioned perfectly.
Borgata Poker app overview
As with the NJ online casinos, the choice between Borgata and Party will mostly come down to which rewards program you are already in. Borgata offers its Fast Forward tables via the app, but the games rarely run. Pot-limit cash games also exist in theory but no tables are listed under the option.
At one point, registering for tournaments was unreliable, but it appears the operator has ironed out most of the kinks. More good news: Borgata’s numerous daily freeroll tournaments now appear on the mobile tournament list. Tihs will come as a pleasent surprise to those who may have disregarded the app when they couldn’t sign up for the freebies.
PokerStars App Overview
As solid as other New Jersey poker apps have become, the PokerStars NJ mobile offering still blows them out of the water. That’s not to say the app is a model of perfection, as server lag and unresponsiveness are still minor issues, but in terms of overall game selection, account management, design and aesthetics, PokerStars NJ wins out.
Currently, the app offers cash games (NLHE and PLO), tournaments, sit & go’s and the widely popular (and mobile friendly) Spin & Go’s. Zoom poker is listed in the app lobby, but is presently just there for show, as PokerStars has yet to offer fast-fold cash games on either mobile or desktop.
The PokerStars’ app features a sort of smart feature that recommends games to players based on their playing tendencies. Players can easily bypass these recommendations by clicking on the large icons and using the sliders and filters instead. We did find it a bit odd that players aren’t permitted to specify an exact buy-in for cash games, but otherwise, the ring game sliders fit the bill.
Tournament registration was a breeze. The app lists buy-in, prize pool, format and date info for multiple tournaments right from the main tournament page. All players have to do is find something they like and click “Register.” If the tournament lobby proves too cluttered (which is often the case during the evening) players can weed out tournaments via nine different filters.
Players can also register for and participate in freerolls from their mobile devices.