Looking for a way to play online poker with your friends while still playing your home games?
Some of the best online poker sites provide you with everything you need to start your own private poker club, invite others to join you, and play free and real money online poker with your friends.
PokerStars, 888poker, WSOP App, ClubGG Poker, and partypoker are the most popular poker rooms that provide this service and are by far the best for playing poker with friends.
It is simple, quick, and free to set up poker games with friends on these sites. All you need to do is ensure that you and your friends have an account on the poker site of your choice as well as the correct codes to access your private games.
This article contains the following information:
- How to Play PokerStars Online with Friends
- How to Play 888poker Online Poker with Friends
- How to Play WSOP App Online Poker with Friends
- How to Play ClubGG Online Poker with Friends
- How to Play PartyPoker Online Poker with Friends
- How to Participate in Free Online Private Poker Rooms
To compile this list of the best poker apps for playing online poker with friends, we tested other (ostensibly) free apps such as Pokerrrr 2, Poker Heat, and others.
We didn’t include them because they forced us to make in-app purchases in order to keep our games running. That is not acceptable.
The Best Poker Apps for Playing Poker with Your Friends
PokerStars Online Home Games
PokerStars is currently one of your best options for playing private poker games online with friends.
PokerNews Executive Editor William Shillibier has written a comprehensive guide on how to set up a home game on PokerStars. There is everything you need to get started quickly.
When you sign up for the PokerStars Home Games, you have the option of playing cash games or tournaments.
Follow these steps to create private poker “Home Games” and launch your first private poker game online:
Sign up for a free PokerStars account.
Install the PokerStars software.
Navigate to the “Home Games” section.
Make your own private poker game to play with your friends.
The ‘Home Games’ section is located at the bottom of the right-hand menu
Once there, navigate to the ‘Manage Games’ section and select the type of game you want to play with your friends. You have the option of playing cash games or tournaments.
Players can create and play no-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, and five-card pot-limit Omaha starting in July 2021. In the near future, ClubGG intends to release short deck hold’em and open-faced Chinese poker.
Setting Up a Cash Game on PokerStars
To start your table, select the game, the format, the number of players, and the currency.
Create a Private Poker Tournament on PokerStars
It is also simple to set up a private online tournament to play online poker with your friends.
Choose your game, the number of players per table, the buy-in, and the format, and you’re ready to go.
PokerStars offers a wide variety of poker games to choose from. You can challenge your friends to a game of your favorite variant, or you can set up a nice private game with them to try out some new poker games.
How to Invite Friends to Home Games at PokerStars
You must add your friends as members of your poker club before inviting them to play online poker games with you.
To do so, navigate to the ‘Manage Club’ tab and select ‘How to Invite New Members.’
At this point, you receive a message containing the only two pieces of information your friends require:
the Club Identification Number
the code for the invitation
Copy and send the text to your friends. Once they have it, they can join you in the club and view all of the available private poker games.