Playing poker on Ubuntu
Poker, the most popular card game of all times.
Everyone loves it, but can you get your fix on Ubuntu?
As you all know all the commercial poker clients are written for Windows (or OSX), but as an Ubuntu (linux) user, you have a few options.
Hate it or love it, but there is a poker client that runs on Wine.
It happens to be the PokerStars client, the biggest online poker room in the world.
Install Wine from the repositories (in a terminal: sudo apt-get install wine), download the PokerStars client.
Right-click the .exe installer and run it using Wine.
I use this one myself, without any problems.
That’s about it for Wine.
Some sites claim the Ultimate Bet works with Wine, I installed it but I couldn’t type anything when I tried to register, in my book that means it doesn’t work.
I tried multiple clients with Wine, a lot of them will install (eg. Full Tilt, …) but they don’t work properly once you run the client.
2. Java based
Some commercial poker sites also have Java based poker rooms, making them work on almost any OS.
This is PartyPoker running in Firefox using Java.
Other good Java poker clients include:
3. Non Commercial Poker Client (texas holdem only)
Are you just looking to play some poker against the pc or online for free?
In comes PokerTH.
It’s in the Ubuntu repositories and is also available for Windows and OSX so you can play against your friends.
You can create privates online games or just join public games.
It must be said that the level of some players on PokerTH is extremely weak.
I hope this was useful to some of you.
If you know other poker clients that can run on Ubuntu, or have any comments on this article, please drop a line in the comments.