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5 Most Fun Places to Play Free Poker in 2021

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Poker is one of the most popular card games out there, which can sometimes make it feel impenetrable to newcomers. Thankfully, there are a lot of options nowadays for games that can help ease beginners into poker, without having to put real money on the line — even if you only have access to video game consoles.

Texas Hold’em for iOS

Texas Hold’em was one of the first big games for Apple’s iPhones, lasting until 2011 before eventually being delisted from the App Store. However, Apple brought it back a few years ago, with a fresh coat of paint and a removed entry cost.

It’s a solid choice for beginner poker players due to its accessibility (all iPhone users essentially already own it), and its modern presentation with lots of areas to play in and lots of players to compete with. You can also play with friends over Wi-Fi, making it an easy game to enjoy at parties without the need for a physical table and cards.

Zynga Poker

Zynga Poker has been around for quite some time now, but remains relevant even now. It was mentioned in a recent article for beginner poker players as one of the best places to play the game without real money on the line. And its Facebook version has become arguably the single most popular poker game on social media.

Of course, the fact that there’s a Facebook version means that there’s already a huge pool of potential players across all skill levels. As you eventually learn the ropes, it can also serve as a decent way to encounter better and better players without having to move to other apps.

Governor of Poker 3

Governor of Poker 3 is available for multiple devices, including PC via Steam, Android and iOS. As with some of the other titles on this list, you’re given a decent amount of chips for free, with more offered daily — or even via tournaments, once you’re confident enough. It also has blackjack, if you want a quick break from learning poker.

What separates it from other poker apps is the overall theme. Governor of Poker 3 does not take itself too seriously, offering a number of unlockable cosmetics for your avatar. This all carries over between devices, giving a noticeable feeling of progression that sometimes isn’t found elsewhere.

Rockstar Console Games

While this is more of a category than a specific title, the truth is multiple games from Rockstar — namely, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Grand Theft Auto V — have excellent in-game poker. And with Grand Theft Auto V getting more console ports soon, you’ll likely own a copy in the future, even if you don’t right now.

The benefit of learning poker via the aforementioned titles is that you have access to both AI and real players. This lets you learn the game offline, before moving to each game’s online portion to play against others. You also have an entire game to try out as well, if the poker isn’t enough for you.

Appeak

A simple one to end things with. Appeak isn’t the most flashy app in this list, but it knows what it wants to do. You get a simple but sleek interface and appealing avatars across Android and iOS, with lots of free chips given out constantly.

There are even a few quality-of-life additions for beginner players, such as four-color decks that make each suit stand out at a glance. In general, this is the app to try for a simpler experience that gets you into games quickly, without completely removing any sort of customization.

 

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