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App will be web-based, and available to all customers, including those in the US. Limited "preview release" before wider release to public, with real money and support for other devices "coming soon."

Carbon Poker, a poker room on the Merge Gaming Network, is expected to soon launch an online poker mobile client, the first of its kind for a US-facing network.

“Our mobile poker client is now about to be pushed live,” site representative “CarbonRyan” announced late last week on Carbon’s customer forum on 2+2.

The app has finished final testing, and Carbon are looking for a few players “interested in being involved in a first preview” ahead of a wider release to the public.

The initial version will only be available for players on the iPhone or iPod touch and will be limited to play money games. Real money games should become available soon, along with support for players with an iPad or an Android device.

The app is web-based, not native, a Carbon Poker rep has confirmed with pokerfuse. This will avoid restrictions with the Apple Store so all customers—including those in the US—will be able to use the mobile app when it launches for real money.

Although slow in adoption, the online poker industry is finally embracing mobile clients, both with native apps and browser-based solutions. PokerStars has rolled out its mobile offering to most countries; Ongame has native iOS apps; 888 is available on Android and iOS app.

More recently, bwin.party announced an Android application, Microgaming recently unveiled “Blaze Mobile,” and PKR released a poker app for UK players with iPads.

But Carbon Poker, which counts Revolution, Bodog and Winning Poker as its primary competitors, will be the first US-facing network to enter the space.

Interested players are advised to contact viphost@carbonpoker.ag if they are interested in helping with the beta test.