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  • Bonuses: Special
  • Payments: Multiple
  • OS: iOS, Android

Rating:

4.8/5

4.8 / 5

  • Loose action especially in midstakes PLO ante games
  • 5% rake with 6BB cap in small stakes, under 1BB cap on NL500 and higher
  • Unique clubs covering Nordic countries
  • Suitable for both recreational & professional omaha players

General rates:

Trustability
100%
Withdrawal speed
90%
Client software
85%
Recreational players
80%

Available games and formats:

Holdem

PLO 5

Drawmaha

MTT

PLO

OFC

SNG

HU Tables

Getting Started is Super Easy

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Download the application for iOS and Android at Pokio Homepage.

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101709 (King Pampo's Palace)
101693 (Beasts' Arena)
101691 (Beasts' Colosseum)
101611 (Beasts Of poker)

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Submit your Pokio player ID number and your username & contact details to application form.

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Pokio Review

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Pokio is the first real money native mobile poker app with a license from Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). Launched in 2017, Pokio offers both cash games and tournaments for poker lovers who want to play their favourite game with a smartphone or a tablet wherever they go. The platform of Pokio offers a highly sophisticated user interface that has been carefully designed to make the player experience as pleasant as possible. Pokio is operated by a Maltese company called Qufan Internet Technology, which has multiple executives experienced in the iGaming sector working for them.

Pokio was designed to be a social poker app where you can play with friends for fun. Although Pokio is more like normal poker operators compared to the rest of the mobile poker apps, the fact the games are played almost entirely on smartphones makes it somewhat different from poker sites designed for PCs. Wanna play Heads-Up against legends like Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies or Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom? No problem, we’ve got you covered! Just sign-up with Pokio and find the tables they’re at!

We have gathered all the essential info you need to start playing at Pokio in Q & A format. Let’s get started with the review:

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Pokio Player Journey & CEO interview (2020)

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Poker is a funny game. It pushes you along from point to point on a timeline and offers no clues about where it’s taking you. One second you’re hanging out, just like any other day, watching that episode of Billions where Axe steps in to the office of Taylor Mason Capital, and says ‘Go get your fucking master’ to Mafee, and the next thing you know you’re playing three-handed Open Face Chinese against crazy Norwegians…

But that’s exactly the beauty of it – the excitement, the highs, the lows, and everything in-between. For a player who likes to try out something new from time to time, playing OFC on Pokio was definitely one of those things I had no clue I would be doing about 4 hours earlier. Lets’ see what kind of player experience Pokio delivered:

Playing OFC on Pokio

So my original plan was to play some PLO5 as there was a straddle table running with blinds €0.25/0.5/1 (and it’s 10 in the morning, so there might actually be players who have played through the whole night!). However, first I put both the sound and vibration on so that I don’t miss any hands when the action is on me. Then I check the full lobby and found out other type of tables too:

You see those two tables at the bottom left with the symbol ‘OFC’? Having played OFC on pretty much all poker trips, these caught my interest. I searched the lobby for any OFC tables that are currently running, and… bingo, we found one! It’s going to be Norway vs. Finland, GL us!

I have no idea how to play OFC on an app, since I’ve only played it with real cards. Nevertheless, I grasp how the Pokio user interface works from the very first hand, so I’m up to full speed from the second hand onwards. Like all recreational OFC players, I run good right from the start. There are no jokers in the play in this version, but a decent amount of Fantasyland rounds are being dealt at our table as you can get there with any pair of Queens or better on the front:

Quickly after me and Goggen travel to Fantasyland a few times each, Fox realizes it’s not going to be his day. So we play HU for a while. I notice playing on this app is very convenient compared to playing with real cards, as you don’t have to calculate the points after each round (trust me, if you’ve never played 4-handed OFC that can be quite a mess.) After finishing the session it’s time to point out the features of Pokio that made the playing OFC a great experience, so here goes:

Smooth Animations and In-app Buttons

Dragging cards to front, middle or back has been made very easy, and you can just leave the third card to be discarded in its place. One of the clever visualisations is your cards being sort of damaged in case your hand is fouled. You have a timer visible on your turn so that you never miss once you’re out of time. Speaking of the timer, there’s also enough time during Fantasyland for everyone to come up with the best possible combination, as you get a whole 2 minutes to arrange your cards as you prefer.

Intuitive UI & Overall Easy-to-play Experience

As I started playing, it took me just one hand to get the grasp of how OFC is played on Pokio. And even in that one I managed not to get my hand fouled! Once the round is over, you see how many points each player got from their front, middle and back so it’s easy to see how everyone did moneywise on that round. I tried to think of any extra features that would be needed to make the playing experience even better, but couldn’t come up with any. Neither is there anything that I would remove from the current UI, so my conclusion is that developers at Pokio have done a good job in this regard.

Earlier this week, Beasts Of Poker had the opportunity to make a short interview with the CEO of Pokio. Now it’s time to let Pokio CEO Manuel air his views on mobile poker apps and how their roadmap at Pokio is setting new standards for the industry. Let’s jump right into it!

Quick Interview with Pokio CEO Manuel Lopes

Beasts Of Poker: What would say are the most important differentiating factors that make Pokio stand out from the crowd?

– Pokio is simply more fun and social than traditional online poker operators. In Pokio you can interact with other players, throw things at them, share games directly on social media with a couple of clicks and invite your friends to play directly with you at the table. Compared to the other apps we also have the added benefit and security of having a EU Gaming license. All our payment methods are certified, and our funds are held in segregated accounts and checked regularly by the regulator. Players’ funds are safe with Pokio and not at the mercy of shady agents or intermediaries.

Beasts Of Poker: How do you see the development of mobile poker apps going forward in terms of user experience in 2020-2021?

We think the future is definitely more socially oriented. Poker apps appeal to slightly different demographics than traditional online Poker sites. Millennials spend around 70% of their free time engaging with social media platforms and following their friends on those. I believe also mobile Poker apps will evolve in that sense.

Beasts Of Poker: What’s your view on the effects of the Corona virus outbreak on popularity of mobile poker apps and online poker in general?

We´ve experienced a significant surge of players registering and playing in Pokio since the Virus outbreak. It makes perfect sense since the live games are stopped at the moment and regular poker sites are not appealing to many of us anymore. Apps have softer and very fun games. Pokio has also been available to provide an alternative platform for live game venues and organizers to continue their business online with a record fast setup time.

We believe the online poker industry as a whole will benefit from these times of isolation as the value for entertainment is much better than other gaming products – you don’t play against the house, so funds tend to last longer than for example in casino products. The apps are leading the way, and we at Pokio will try to set good standards for the industry.

Beasts Of Poker: Any greetings you would like to say to people are considering moving to Pokio?

I would definitely encourage them to try it.  We have so many positive feedbacks from players that have never tried our app before. You will find that it is extremely user friendly, with action 24/7. Several tournaments and promotions at all times and a great atmosphere. Also, where else do you get to throw a Tomato at Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom or Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies?

Pokio List of Clubs

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You never want to miss on good action and one way to avoid that is to have all the Pokio clubs possible at your disposal.

King Pampo's Palace
  • Club ID: 101709 Country: Malta

King Pampo's Palace

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  • Description: Welcome to King Pampo's Palace that belongs to the United Poker Clubs Circle! You can find some pretty wild games from time to time. Play with famous players such as Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies, Manig Loeser & others!
  • Chip Value USD: 1.07 (1 chip = 1 EUR)
  • Games: NLHE, PLO, PLO5, OFC, DRAWMAHA
  • MTT: €5 - €20
  • Stakes: Low - High
  • Bonus: Sign up with us to for special promo!
  • Traffic: Up to 15 tables / 4000 + player pool.
  • Rake: Rake 5% for cash games with descending rake caps – Please refer to section ‘How much are the rake and rakeback on Pokio?’ in the review!
Beasts' Arena
  • Club ID: 101693 Country: Malta

Beasts' Arena

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  • Description: This club is a great choice if you’re looking for soft games. The majority of players are Polish with some Norwegians also at the tables.
  • Chip Value USD: 1.07 (1 chip = 1 EUR)
  • Games: NLHE, PLO, PLO5, OFC, DRAWMAHA
  • MTT: €5 - €10 tournaments every 2 hours
  • Stakes: Low - Medium
  • Bonus: Sign up with us to for special promo!
  • Traffic: Up to 10 tables / 1000 + player pool.
  • Rake: Rake 5% for cash games with descending rake caps – Please refer to section ‘How much are the rake and rakeback on Pokio?’ in the review!
ACE of hearts
  • Country: Ireland / Europe

Ace of Hearts

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  • Description: Ace of Hearts is a smaller club with Irish player pool and soft games in all formats. Excellent choice for micro & low stakes players!
  • Chip Value USD: 1.07 (1 chip = 1 EUR)
  • Games: NLHE, PLO, PLO5, OFC, DRAWMAHA
  • MTT: €5 - €30
  • Stakes: Low - Medium
  • Bonus: Sign up with us to for special promo!
  • Traffic: Up to 5 tables / 700 + player pool.
  • Rake: Rake 5% for cash games with descending rake caps – Please refer to section ‘How much are the rake and rakeback on Pokio?’ in the review!
Beasts' Colosseum
  • Club ID: 101691 Country: Malta

Beasts' Colosseum

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  • Description: Welcome to Beasts' Colosseum, our club that belongs to the Nordic Circle! This club plays similar to live games. Players such as Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom and other famous players have their poker home in this circle!
  • Chip Value USD: 1.07 (1 chip = 1 EUR)
  • Games: NLHE, PLO, PLO5, OFC, DRAWMAHA
  • MTT: €5 - €20
  • Stakes: Low - High
  • Bonus: Sign up with us to for special promo!
  • Traffic: Up to 15 tables / 3000 + player pool.
  • Rake: Rake 5% for cash games with descending rake caps – Please refer to section ‘How much are the rake and rakeback on Pokio?’ in the review!
beastsofpoker
  • Club ID: 101611
  • Country: Malta

Beasts Of Poker

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  • Description: Our BeastsOfPoker club on the Malta-licensed app Pokio is a part of the Finnish Poker Circle, launched in April 2020. Besides facing Finnish opponents, you can play with players from Sweden, Norway, Ireland and Central Europe in this circle.
  • Chip Value USD: 1.07 (1 chip = 1 EUR)
  • Games: PLO, PLO 5, PLO 6, OFC, MTT
  • MTT: €5 - €20
  • Stakes: Micro - Mid
  • Bonus: Sign up with us to for special promo!
  • Traffic: 1-10 Active tables, growing fast
  • Rake: Rake 5% for cash games with descending rake caps – Please refer to section ‘How much are the rake and rakeback on Pokio?’ in the review!

Pro's comments

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"Pokio is sort of the 'green hippo' of mobile poker apps. While it's not the most popular one, it certainly has it's pros such as very friendly games for recreational players, fast and convenient deposits & withdrawals and a pleasant look & feel inside the app. The choice of clubs or the number of running tables are not as high as on other more popular apps, but once the action games get going on the app you want to be sure to arrive at the table before it has filled up! For omaha lovers, Pokio is definitely a must try. May the flops be with you on Pokio!"

- Beasts Of Poker Pro-Team

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