For many years, if you had a computer with a Macintosh operating system, you were out of luck if you were looking for a Mac poker download. Many sites only offered an “Instant Play” version of the software which was played in your web browser and was far inferior to the Windows version available to the rest of the world. With limited access to games, the inability to use poker tracking software and a less satisfying poker experience available, a poker download for Mac was required.
We recommend that you play poker on a Mac at these poker websites:
Other Sites Follow – But With Issues
Responding to the challenge of producing a full-version Mac poker download seems to have out-witted many of the other online poker sites. 888 Poker only offers an instant play option, which is good, but definitely not the same as the full downloadable version for Windows. Party Poker can still only offer cash games in their Mac version (this will all change after the merger with Bwin) and PKR Poker for the Mac has to have an Intel processor to function and the popular Intel gma950 graphics card will not work.
Typical System Requirements for Native Mac Poker Software
The poker software for the Mac often requires more space on the hard drive than the Windows version, a faster memory and higher screen resolution. However, when it all comes together, playing online poker on a Mac can be a very rewarding experience (especially when you win).
|Mac Poker Download|
|Operating System||Mac OS X 10.4.10||Mac OS X 10.6+|
|Processor||Power PC G4||Power PC G5 or Intel|
|Memory||512Mb RAM||1024Mb RAM|
As the online poker market looks ahead to regulation in the USA, and the new market that will open up, possibly those sites lacking a full Mac poker download will decide that an investment in a genuinely compatible version for the Mac is worthwhile.