The Rush Poker Android app has had a pretty chequered past since it was first released back in October 2011. By the beginning of December Google had changed their stance on allowing real money gambling apps into the Android Market and the Rush Poker app was unceremoniously kicked out after less than 2 months.
Luckily for Full Tilt Poker, Android is an open platform so all their development costs didn’t go to waste. Android users were soon able to download the app directly from the Full Tilt Poker website. Not having your app listed in the Android Market certainly hampered the number of players using the Android poker app but at least it didn’t mark the end of the app like it would have done had Apple removed an app from their iTunes App Store.
On the 25th of April this year the FBI seized the FullTiltPoker.com domain and forcing Full Tilt to withdrawn from the U.S. market meaning U.S. poker enthusiasts were no longer able to play real money poker on their Droids.
The death knell for the first and only Android cash game poker app came as gambling regulators in Europe suspended Full Tilt Poker’s license, forcing the company to stop trading.
The bad news for poker players in the United States is that there is little chance of a real money poker app being released in the US anytime soon give that most US poker rooms are hanging on by their fingers tips and could not justify the development costs of an Android poker app in the current climate.
There is better news for poker players in the UK and elsewhere. The iPoker Network, which is home to some of the world’s best know poker rooms, such as ChiliPoker, Titan Poker and Mansion poker, will be releasing a real money Android poker apps sometime in 2011.