Almost everyone owns, or at the very least, works with a Personal Computer. They are everywhere these days and it hard to think of something that doesn’t use a computer in one way or another.
Even though it markets itself as a hip alternative to the PC—with commercials featuring actor Justin Long representing a Mac and a geeky business type representing a PC—Macintosh is pretty much the second fiddle.
Consensus among various sites is that Macintosh apparently has about a little over five percent market share and 10 to 15 percent of people are Mac users. MacWorld reports that the number of Mac computers shipped in the second quarter of 2006 was 760,000—up from 655,000 the previous year—so there are more than just a handful of people who have a computer that isn’t a PC.
But even though popularity has more people playing online poker on the PC, that doesn’t mean Mac users are left out in the cold—just because all online casinos are PC capable, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ones that cater to Mac users.
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has curbed the number of sites offering Mac-friendly software in the U.S., but here are some Macintosh compatible online poker rooms.
An Apple a day
If you take Macintosh at their word, Pacific should be the room that you head to, since it is their most recommended online poker site. Hold ‘em, Omaha and 7 card stud games are available for play.
One of the pioneers in the world of Mac poker offerings that has been offering the PC-alternative since around 1999, PokerRoom is considered among the elite online poker rooms according to imaconlinepoker.com.
As witnessed by their wacky commercials, Party is considered one of the top tier poker sites in the world, so it only makes sense that it should be available to both Mac and PC users alike. They even have a new version of their software called Anywhere Beta which will allow players to play, you guessed it, anywhere they want.
Like the name implies, there are Hollywood celebs that play here including star of TV series Shark, James Woods and Hollywood poker player Vince Van Patten. You never know who you might be playing against; it could be a movie star and you can do so on either PC or Mac.
Poker players will be relieved to hear that FullTilt still caters to the United States and even more relieved to hear that they haven’t neglected the Macintosh either—both Mac and PC are supported.
Yes, No, Maybe?
Some sites decided against Macintosh compatibility, some are still deciding and some are following the “More, the merrier” motto and are testing.
According to a member of their support team, “[PokerStars] actually have a Mac client in beta testing right now, and it has been for a while.”
Unfortunately, they don’t have a timeframe for its release.
Bodog is interested in a Macintosh offering but has no immediate plans for anything other than PC compatible poker, at least for the time being. A spokesperson did say the possibility was being explored though.