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Poker has been a popular game in the United States for years, slowly evolving into the multi-million-dollar industry it is today.

From the dusty bars of the old Wild West to the mobile devices of the 21st century American, poker continues to grow in popularity, despite having to change and adapt. In 2021, many US states have either legalized an online poker industry or will do so as the year progresses.

Wherever you are in the country, there are options for you to play poker with friends or strangers online. You may want to play for money, looking to qualify for the World Series of Poker which has been held annually since 1970 and is televised around the globe. You may wish to simply play for fun with friends, testing your skills without financial commitment or outlay. If you do, there are plenty of options available to you.

The increased processing power of handheld devices has driven mobile gaming into the mainstream. Titles available on mobile devices have become more involved, more entertaining and delivering a much more social experience playing with friends. Often, they are based around a ‘freemium’ model, being free to play but featuring payment options that improve upon the basic experience. Within that genre of games, poker is well catered for, too. If you are a keen poker player, looking for a free, or freemium experience to share with your friends, family or even like-minded strangers, then here are some titles you might be wise to check out.

Zynga Poker

Zynga is a US-based games developer with a strong background in mobile games. They were the force behind the hugely successful Farmville title, and they are responsible for the word game Words With Friends. That track record is evident in Zynga Poker, where they bring all the expertise to your favorite card game. It features Texas Hold’em as its chosen variant and can accommodate nine players at a time in a variety of game modes and tournaments.

Play WSOP

Play WSOP is a free online poker platform for friends specifically designed for gamers who do not want to play for real money but still want an authentic and enjoyable poker experience. It trades on the poplar WSOP brand and even gives you the chance to win your own WSOP bracelet, virtually of course. You can connect with players from around the world too, making it a great social experience as well as a good poker simulator.

Appeak Poker

Appeak Poker is another which has become popular in recent years, due mainly to its simplicity. It does not get bogged down in menus, options and the like, rather offering a basic, but enjoyable poker game. You can be playing at a table of up eight other players within seconds of downloading the app, but do not be fooled into thinking this is at all basic. There are plenty of game styles to enjoy, and the option to represent your country on leaderboards is a nice touch also.

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