Many a video poker fan has asked me questions about the online form of the game
over the past couple of years. Now that online video poker games are as plentiful
as apples in an orchard, perhaps it's time to evaluate the concept.
I get the feeling that most online video poker players still get their start
in a land based arena, but I also get the feeling that this is starting to change.
There are a growing number of people who have found online casinos to be a great
form of entertainment, and through the bundled casino software packages man
have had a chance to play online video poker.
Perhaps it most often happens to the slots fan that has become a little bored
with their game, or maybe the main cause is friends telling friends that video
poker can actually have a players edge instead of the standard house edge. There
really are a million and one reasons to take up the game, and the most convincing
is of course the ability to play a game that the house has no advantage on.
That may not be the very best reason to take up the game, since it takes some
practice and work to achieve the skill level that lets you play proper strategy
while at the casino.
All of this changes of course, when you log on from home. Playing online video
poker gives you the ability to reference a strategy chart as often and for as
long as you wish. With this added advantage, you can play perfect strategy video
poker with nobody watching, for as long as you want. Essentially, this means
that you can gain a steady profit if you manage to play perfect strategy over
a long enough time, and with a big enough bankroll to weather the ups and downs
you'll be put through. Those seeking the ability to make their living off of
video poker though are not considering the scale at which the advantage to the
player would need to be exploited. All I'm saying is, even if you play perfect
strategy and achieve a 100.77% payback percentage, the money will still take
years of straight play to build up to a worthwhile level.
Since automation and computers are quite related, you're not the first person
to consider automating a perfect strategy video poker player at an online casino.
The complications in creating software that not only knows how to play video
poker perfectly, but also mimics a human's computer interaction behavior so
well the online casino cannot detect it, are vast to say the least. Beyond those
complications, putting the software into effect would be a full time company
operation, with multiple machines running multiple connections at multiple casinos.
But if you're willing to do this, you're not into video poker for the fun of
it, so my site isn't really the spot for you.
People are quick to assume that an online video poker machine may have odds
that are not in line with Vegas. So what's the source of this assumption? It's
most likely human nature; people in a casino see a machine, and they know it's
a microchip, but it doesn't register as such a negative thing because they are
still surrounded by people. Human faces can make a lot of difference to peoples
trust levels (maybe we're thinking, if all of these people are playing too,
we can't all be getting ripped off). There are startling similarities between
online video poker and casino style, because of course, the video part implies
that something is digital, and both mediums are digital. People often make the
naive mistake that casino 'software' that you download is necessarily different
than casino 'hardware' that exists in the physical boxes on the casino floor.
Not so. The 'hardware' in this case is simply made up of integrated chips, which
have been programmed with software. The hardware is composed of software, so
that difference never existed in the first place.
Major online casinos will be able to provide you with some payout percentage
information for their online video poker machines, most likely a range describing
Let's work on the presumption that some online casinos carry online video poker
that has static Vegas odds, and we are playing one of these pieces of software.
In this situation the advantage lies with the online gambler. Why you ask? Simple.
The environment is extremely different. Vegas and all land based casinos exist
to distract the player into not noticing how much money they have lost. Think
about it. The flashy lights, the loud noises and piped in music, the uniforms,
the low cut tops on the cocktail waitresses. Everything exists to make you not
think about the fact that you're depositing. This truth is universal across
each of the games in the casino. Now picture yourself at home, sitting in your
favorite chair, with your favorite drink in your hand. You can pause the game
at any time and not lose your machine. You can quit while your ahead and not
be faced with walking back through the whole casino to cash out and then back
through again to leave, only to be bombarded with more opportunities to lay
down your winnings, and bank machines at each exit whispering to you that your
not truly broke yet. No clocks on the wall's, no windows, nothing to even hint
to you what time it is. At home, you have all of the control in the world. Plus
a few bonuses you wouldn't get otherwise. For one, speaking of bonuses, have
you ever been comped in Vegas? Chances are the answer is no, or if yes, only
after hours of play. The reason for this is simple: because the place next door
won't comp you either, hence, no competition. On the Internet it's different,
even if you're only playing online video poker, and only just starting, you
can get a great sign up bonus. There are thousands of online casinos just wishing
for you to sign up with them, and willing to reward you. Other perks of playing
from home include a hand count on your cumulative bet total. Vegas does NOT
want you to realize just how much money you've put down so far, but many online
casinos offer a running total. This gives you a much clearer view of your wins
and losses, and better control over your bankroll, which is important in a volatile
game like video poker. When it comes down to it, playing online video poker
may be your most intelligent choice.