Fortunately for Mac users, more and more online poker sites let Apple computer owners play poker online. Here are the best places for Macintosh owners to play poker online.
Pokerstars is the latest online poker room to allow Mac users to play online. Pokerstars is famous for sending the 2003 and 2004 World Series of Poker Champs, Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer to the big game. They've got a ton of tournaments througout the year so you can try and join them. The software is very user-friendly and includes features such as player notes, chat, and you can multi-table. You can search for other players, and hide yourself from being found as well. It also lets you choose a player icon and personalize your experience.
Full Tilt is a great site which welcomes players from the USA and abroad, and they released a downloadable version for Mac users, much to my joy. Full Tilt has a really lively interface and you can play tons of top poker pros here including Jen Harman
, Phil Ivey
, Howard Lederer
, Chris Ferguson
, and more. They have a huge variety of games and tournaments and come highly recommended.
Bugsy's club is one of the only other sites with software that's downloadable for a Mac (meaning it's not Web-based). While the site is pretty small compared to giants like Party Poker, the software interface is clear and easy to use, and they also are affiliated with pokerschoolonline.com, which is an interesting idea, where players get to learn as they play online at the site.
Another site which allows Mac users to download the software to play is Games Grid, which runs on OS X 10.3.9 or higher. There aren't a lot of players on the distinctive round tables yet, but it offers another option.
Pokerroom.com was the first place I ever played online, and it was a great introduction. The interface is very intuitive and easy to use, and the Web-based platform lets Mac users as well as Linux users play at their online poker tables. Features include chat, hand history, player search, and the ability to multi-table. Unfortunately, they no longer allow US players to play for money.
Pacific Poker launched it's own Java-driven, Web-based online poker platform, which made me very happy since I've won a lot of money at their Omaha tables when I still had a Windows computer. Unfortunately, at this point, it's a little spotty -- at least when using Firefox and Safari for me. Hopefully, it'll improve quickly. Only available for players outside the United States.