Like a lot of people, I’ve played a bit of online poker…just for fun of course.  I stick strictly to the free games that are for entertainment only.  (besides, I’m not very good) I’ve also had computers and operating systems in the past that weren’t compatible with most stuff out there.

Given that, When saw the Mac Poker site, even though I’m not a Mac user, I had to take a look just for the heck of it and I have to say that it’s put together very nicely by someone who seems to have experienced first hand the difficulties in finding a Mac version of something in a world full of PC’s.  They’ve gone to a lot of work to pull together just about anything related to playing online poker games on a Mac.

They start right out with recommendations for places to play for those that just want to find a place that has a Mac version of their client program.  The first place they recommend is Fulltilt Poker, a site that I’ve played myself.  If the Mac version is anything like the Windows version then people are going to like it.  It’s just easy to use.  Plus, playing on FTP you’re liable to run into poker pros playing online.  I’ve seen people like Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer, Jennifer Harman, Allen Cunningham and other names that have been at the World Series of Poker final tables.

Another site on their list where I’ve played is PokerStars, another site with a nice clean interface that lets you get the most out of playing with the least amount of hassle whether you’re playing for real money or “play” money.

There is also a page devoted to online poker sites divided into three sections: “no download” games where you play on their website without having to download a client program to your machine.  Then there’s “download” games that have a Mac version of their client program, followed by games that Mac users need to run in a Windows Emulator.

Each of these sites listed includes a link to the site and an overall rating for that site.  There is also a link to an extensive review of the site where you can see details of how it rated on a 1 to 10 scale for 14 different categories.

In addition to helping players find places to play that are usable on a Mac and can be trusted, there is plenty of helpful resources like articles, software downloads, even where to get a Windows Emulator.  Anyone running a Mac that wants to play online poker really ought to make Mac Poker one of the first places you go.  You can save yourself a lot of aggravation in the process.

Honestly, the ONLY downside I found on the site was the link to their forum didn’t work, but I’m sure that’ll be fixed soon.

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