Poker Mavens - Tips For Mobile Users

Updated 2017-06-29

Introduction

This document describes how to optimize the Poker Mavens client in Mobile mode on a tablet or smart phone, both iOS and Android. Poker Mavens 4.49 and later versions have the mobile-web-app-capable meta tags included in the client HTML wrapper. These instruct the mobile browser to treat the document as a web app and run it in full screen mode without an URL address bar. However, to make that happen, the user must first add the site to their home screen. Instructions for doing that in iOS and Android are provided below.

Note that if the poker client is running in an iframe on a web site, the site operator must add the applicable meta tags to their wrapper, since the browser will just look in the outermost layer for those. See item 3 in the Poker Mavens FAQ for an example.

In version 5, the default icon is a black club over a green background but the site operator can use their own image by setting the "Mobile icon" setting in the Client Settings group on the server. In version 4.xx, iOS will make an icon from the screen image whereas Android will just make a solid green one.

While the mobile interface was improved in version 5 to maximum the table size and game lists, it can still be a little difficult to operate with just your finger on a phone or other device under 7 inches. You will likely need to do a lot of pinch-to-zoom actions or make use of a capacitive stylus for touch screen devices.

Table Controls

Zoom buttons were added in version 5.15 that allow the player to enlarge the various table controls into a popup dialog box. On the left side, the top "+" button will enlarge the various "sitout" checkbox controls while the bottom "+" button will enlarge the chat edit box. On the right side, the top "+" button will enlarge the "next move" checkbox controls while the bottom "+" button will enlarge all of the betting controls.


Apple Safari on iOS

Launch Safari on your iPad or iPhone device and load the poker client of your site. Note the URL address bar at the top of the screen. On a full sized iPad, it doesn't take up much space but on an iPhone, it uses a considerable percentage of the available space. Tap the "share" icon (box with an up-arrow) as shown below:

Tap "Add to Home Screen" on the drop menu. Note that on an iPhone, you may need to scroll this menu to the second row to see it:

Confirm the action by selecting "Add":

Logout and close Safari. You should find the site icon on your home screen. This one uses the default image but a version 5 site operator can use their own custom image:

Tap the icon and the site will load directly into full screen mode without the URL address bar:



Google Chrome on Android

Launch Chrome on your Android device and load the poker client of your site. Note the URL address bar at the top of the screen. On a full sized tablet, it doesn't take up much space but on an phone, it uses a considerable percentage of the available space. Tap the "3 dot" menu icon as shown below:

Tap "Add to Home screen" on the drop menu:

Confirm the action by selecting "ADD":

Logout and close Chrome. You should find the site icon on your home screen. This one uses the default image but a version 5 site operator can use their own custom image:

Tap the icon and the site will load directly into full screen mode without the URL address bar: