It’s actually one of the easiest things to learn as a poker player. Whilst it can take years to learn skills and different thought processes to become a more profitable player, the actual nous in which it takes to understand where the softer games is simple theory.
Now, one thing we are aware of is that it’s much harder to table select and just generally find softer games when playing on a mobile device - but not impossible! The first thing we want to make you aware of is that many players who are playing on mobile specific poker rooms – poker rooms that are purely mobile based – will likely be recreational players anyway.
Mobile poker is still pretty new and to be honest, a lot of the full time, regular poker players aren’t switching across to their mobile devices. For most, poker is a solid form of income, whether this is their sole income or side income is irrelevant. The majority of serious poker players won’t be playing a massive amount of volume on their mobile devices. This is for a number of reasons!
The main reason is that people who play the game for a legitimate income will probably be looking to hit a certain number of hands a month. These ‘grinders’ will likely play multiple tables on poker rooms that have a high turnover of traffic. The standard of players will vary, but on the whole the majority will likely be of a reasonable standard, especially as you move up the stakes.
Mobile poker is seen by many income based players as a little gimmicky. The thought of actually only being able to get a fraction of the hands per hour of say an online poker room isn’t very appealing. But for the recreational player who either wants a quick game on the go or simply wants to try out this new fad, mobile poker is an ideal alternative.
All of this in turn makes the standard of play on standalone mobile poker rooms such as mFortune Texas Hold'em and Terminal Poker much lower than say your PokerStars or Party Poker. What we are trying to say is that if you are already playing on these mobile only poker rooms, then it’s likely you will be getting a pretty good deal in terms of the general standard of play.
Online & Mobile Casinos Attract Fishy Poker Players
The next thing that you want to look out for is mobile poker rooms that are tagged with mobile casinos. It’s been one of the best ways to find soft online poker rooms since forever and to be honest it’s absolutely no different in the mobile industry as well.
Basically one of the ways in which a lot of people get to hear and learn about poker is through being involved with a different entity of the bookmaker, casino, or whatever its affiliation. In this day in age, there are actually quite few standalone mobile poker rooms; in fact, the only one on offer for Windows Phone players is Switch Poker (Read the full Switch review here).
Just as a final note on this section, we want to make you aware that casino converts to poker can be some of the biggest spenders going. Casino games can range from pennies to thousands of dollars per spin, whereas to get the same sort of buzz and financial winnings, you need to play pretty high stakes for this to occur from mobile poker.
Another good indicator is whether an online poker rooms welcomes US players. Since the early days of online poker, sites that have a large concentration of players from the USA also tend to have looser games. At the moment, CarbonPoker Mobile is the only US friendly poker site for Nokia Lumia devices.
No Deposit Bonuses Attract Recreational Players
One of the most attractive prospects for mobile poker players is sites that offer them something for nothing. This is generally in the form of a no deposit offer where the poker room will give you £/$5 for free when you register a new account or along those lines.
This is another hook that will often get a lot of recreational players into the games if only to use their free money. One gripe we hear from this is that you can only win their £/$5 off them, but if you think that they might spin this up winning from other players, then there’s potentially a much bigger reward.
It’s worth noting that both Switch Poker and mFortune offer these types of bonuses to their Windows Phone poker players which in turn are probably in direct correlation with how soft their poker rooms are, respectively.
Tag Poker Fish So You Can Find Soft Games In The Future
As mobile poker rooms continue to evolve, the amount of features that you can find of them will also increase over time. Player tagging is not uncommon in the online world, in fact, it’s pretty much as standard as you can get. But in the mobile poker industry, it’s a feature that many poker rooms don’t actually have.
Player tagging allows you to not only pick out players that are weak and to target, but also those that are strong and to avoid. mFortune is one of very few mobile poker rooms that are offering up a tagging service where you can place a certain mark as to which player is the weaker or alternately, stronger at the table. When playing with such a wide range of players, like you will on such a site, this sort of information becomes invaluable.