Carbon Poker launches First Mobile App for US Players

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For the past few years, American poker players have sat by and watched site after site launch mobile apps - with none of them catering to US players. But finally, Carbon Poker has launched a real money US mobile poker app, thus ending years of waiting and frustration.

Carbon's app has been undergoing testing since February, when players were invited to try a play money version. Then in early August, Carbon Poker rep "Ryan" invited TwoPlusTwo users to beta test the real money app in low stakes cash games. Now, one month after final beta testing began, we have a real money mobile poker app that Americans can use.

At this point players can enjoy both Limit and No-Limit Hold'em cash games ranging from $0.05/$0.10 to $0.50/$1.00 stakes. Carbon's network, Merge Gaming, has already announced plans to expand the available ring game stakes and possibly add tournaments in the future.

But one thing that's not entirely clear about the Carbon Poker mobile app at this point is when Android players will be able to enjoy the product. Currently, this app isn't optimized for Android users, so only those with Apple (iOS) products like iPhones and iPads can use the wireless poker room.

Now Carbon will wait to see if their new wireless app can start bringing some US traffic back. The past couple of years have seen Carbon lose out on a large share of the American poker market, with Bovada and the Winning Poker Network benefiting from their loss.

Currently, Bovada's network, Bodog, leads all US-friendly online poker entities since they're eighth in traffic. Next up is Revolution Gaming, which has fallen to 19th in traffic (amid slow cashouts) after previously leading US-facing networks. Merge sits just behind them in 21st, while Winning Poker has been catching up as they're sitting in 25th place.