Linux, WINE, and Online Poker Clients - Discussion/Experience
I'm currently successfully using Ubuntu 9.04, WINE 1.01, and the Full Tilt Poker
client to play poker on-line.
I've been using Linux
for about 8 years now as my sole OS, so I'm fairly experienced at getting it to do what I want. I had never used WINE before.
Recently I decided to give on-line poker a try, and signed up with FTP. Installing WINE went smoothly and without drama. I simply used Synaptic Package Manager to install it.
The FTP client (for Windows) I obviously downloaded from their website. I saved it to my Desktop, right-clicked on it, and chose to "run using WINE". Again, the installation was uneventful.
Problems I've had:
1. No sound (fixed)
- The key to this was choosing the OSS driver instead of the ALSA driver in the Wine Configuration menu. Then, I had to edit the command for the FTP launcher (shortcut icon).
env WINEPREFIX="/home/chris/.wine" wine "C:\Program Files\Full Tilt Poker\FullTiltPoker.exe"
env WINEPREFIX="/home/chris/.wine" padsp
wine "C:\Program Files\Full Tilt Poker\FullTiltPoker.exe"
2. The lobby occasionally freezes (not fixed)
- This has never affected gameplay for me. Once I open a table, everything seems fine. But sometimes when first opening the program (and signing on), it just sits at the lobby screen and won't do anything. I haven't really tried troubleshooting this much.
3. I haven't got Hold 'Em Manager to work (not fixed)
- I have, however come across reports of it working. Also, some people apparently run HEM on their Windows machine, but run the database on a networked Linux box, using a different filesystem (can't remember, but it wasn't ext3) that is better optimized for databases. I have spent very little time trying to get HEM to work.
Pokerstove works fine.
I've only played about 200 hands, so experience is limited.
Depositing works fine.
I've only been single-tabling. I've opened a couple of tables at once, but just observed.
I tried the Bodog client. Apparently it requires Internet Explorer (which you can install), but configuration seems to be a major
pain, although one guy I saw had done it.
PokerTracker seems to have similar issues to HEM.
I installed the PokerStars
client, and ran it. I didn't find any issues, but I didn't try to play or even observe any games.
WineHQ has some good info here, with reviews of different applications and how well they work: http://appdb.winehq.org
So if you have any comments/questions/suggestions or anything else to share or discuss as it relates to Linux and playing poker on-line, please post. I'll try to help where I can.