Online Poker – To download or not to download?

Just like playing at online casino’s, online poker rooms also have download and non-download versions. However, although the non-download versions of online casino’s can be quite restricted, as often there are a smaller choice of games, the non-download online poker rooms usually give you full access to all the tables and features of a downloaded poker room.

Advantages of non-download poker rooms :

  • No time spent downloading
  • No disk space taken up on your hard-drive
  • Mac users can play on Windows-based poker sites

Advantages of downloading the poker software :

  • Quicker access direct from your desktop icon
  • No browsers need to be opened and so smoother connection is expected
  • Java & Flash not required (although most people have this installed on their computers anyway)

A large majority of online poker rooms offer both full download versions and instant play versions of their sites. You can either visit poker sites directly or find a poker portal, which lists all the major poker sites, for your online poker downloads.

Here are a couple of the top online poker sites that have download and non-download poker options :

1. 888 Poker

We love 888 here at and their poker site is an excellent choice for players worldwide, with the exception of USA players. They have a download and non-download version of their poker room that is easily accessible from their homepage. They also are currently offering all new players a £5 No-Deposit Bonus! It’s not often that major poker rooms offer no deposit bonuses so if you are not already registered at 888poker then this is one not to be missed.

2. Unibet Poker

Unibet is primarily a sportsbook but also run successful casino, poker and bingo sites. Players can access all of the sections of Unibet under one account and transferring money between them is instant with the click of a button.

Players have 3 options at Unibet Poker. They can either select the Unibet download, the non-download version or they can select to play poker on their mobile devices. There are a few software requirements for the mobile version, which are :

  • OS Version 2.2.x (Froyo)
  • OS Version 2.3.x (Gingerbread)
  • OS Version 3.1.x (Honeycomb)
  • Flash Player version 10.1 or later
  • Air version 2.6.x

Which sadly means that iPhone users will not currently be able to use the Unibet Poker Mobile software as they don’t support flash.

  • 3. Winner Poker

We have Winner Casino listed here on our site and we love it. Their poker room has been a great success and continues to grow daily. They are a growing company that is also due to launch an online sportsbook section of the site in the near future. Download and non-download options are available for both the poker and casino sections of the site and both options are clearly advertised on their homepage.

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