The days when a long journey was necessary to visit a real life casino in order to play your favourite poker games are long gone. The reason is the internet, which has managed to open up many avenues for you to explore and exploit in your quest for video poker game nirvana. The ability to play from the comfort of your home, using your own home PC, at any time of the day or night that you desire, from your own computer is a boon that any poker player in their right mind would be a fool to pass up.
Even though the basic rules and game play are the same, online video poker presents a somewhat different experience than a real game of poker. Online casinos that offer poker as a choice are a fairly recent arrival; with the first poker game to hit these online casinos being Jacks or better draw poker. Today, online casino poker games come in numerous guises with a choice of well over a hundred different variations in most of the online casinos.
With these numerous guises also comes numerous unique names for the different incarnations with some of the better recognised ones the following: Deuces and Joker, Jacks Or Better Poker, All American Poker, Joker Poker, Two Way Royal, Deuces Wild, Aces and Faces Poker, Aces and Eights Video Poker, Double Joker, Bonus Poker, Mega jacks; to name but a few!
Online video poker casinos normally entail the installation of some free software which is normally downloaded from the online casinos website. Depending on your internet connection, it could take a bit of time to download and install the software but to alleviate this problem, a few online casinos instead of offering a software download enable you to play your poker games directly through a web browser.
These online poker games can be played for fun or they can be played for real money. This would involve depositing real cash into the account that you have opened with the casino, but the beauty of this is that more often than not, when you sign up to a new casino you can earn yourself some cash bonuses.
Nonetheless, inexperienced players would be better advised to practice on the free versions of the games at these online casinos before jumping in with real money. These free games enable you to play with virtual ‘fun’ chips and you’ll also be able to receive virtual ‘fun’ money for your endeavors as well.
Online casinos offer excellent sound effects and graphics giving you the ambiance of the place, with the voices of the dealers and other normal casino background sounds making you feel like you are really standing in a real life casino. And to add to the authenticity, when it comes to betting in the ‘real’ games, you would be able to place bets on the draw, one credit, maximum or double; just as you would be able to in a poker game in the real world.