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For most people, playing online poker is as easy as click, download, and login. But for Mac poker players, it’s a different story. Those interested in playing Mac poker are challenged by obstacles such as file type conflict, graphics overload, and incompatibility of popular online poker sites.

To begin with, Mac Poker players are not able to download .exe files. Executable files have been specifically created for the Microsoft Windows operating system, and therefore Mac users cannot install these types of files.

Another problem is that Mac computers haven’t traditionally been able to handle the graphics load that Windows based computers can. Mac poker players cannot play graphics intensive games, especially at 3D online poker rooms. Instead, they can play no-download poker games that are run by a browser based version of either Java or Flash. No download, java based poker rooms include Pacific Poker, PokerRoom, and EuroPoker. Pacific Poker is my favorite though.

There are also a few Mac Poker Sites that provide Mac poker players with a native Mac download (not a .exe file). Instead, these native Mac poker rooms use a .dmg file that is directly readable on the Macintosh Operating system. You can find an up to date listing of Mac poker rooms on this site.

You may have also noticed that larger online poker rooms have traditionally neglected Mac poker players. If you were trying to find a Mac compatible poker room just several years ago, you would have had a very hard time finding one. You can now find Party Poker for Mac, but at the time of this writing, PokerStars has yet to come out with a Mac poker software client.

But all of that has passed now, and most online poker rooms are beginning to acknowledge the need of a Mac poker client, and more are following suit everyday. Of course, the first Mac poker rooms were PokerRoom and Pacific Poker, and I still favor Pacific Poker over any other Mac poker software client.

So as you can see, Mac Online Poker players have traditionally been neglected. However, more and more online poker rooms are becoming Mac compatible, which is a great thing for us Mac poker players.

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