Live Video Poker

In the past, we spoke about the best reasons to play video poker at online casinos. Today, we will take the other perspective. There are some people that prefer video poker at live casinos, and for good reason. Today, we look at some of the top reasons that live video poker is superior to online video poker.

More Variants to Choose From

This may sound counterintuitive, but you will usually find more options for online poker in live casinos than online casinos. That’s because most online casinos offer a limited selection of video poker games. Those that offer games usually stick with common variants.

If you like to play more exotic games like Dream Card Poker, Wheel Poker, or other fun variants, live casinos may be one of your only alternatives. Also, many live casinos offer Game King machines that give you up to 16 different variants of video poker to try on one machine.

Live Video Poker Games Play Faster

Another thing many people don’t believe is that live video poker games actually play faster than online video poker games. That’s because you don’t have to transmit data over an internet connection for live poker games.

With online video poker, data has to be transferred for every hand you play. In many cases, the difference in speed is not noticeable. However, if you have a slower connection, you may get a little frustrated with the little hitches in play.

Also, some regulators are requiring slot games to incorporate a delay of 1 to 2 seconds between each round of play. Video poker games are regulated like slot games online, so you can expect this delay to start cropping up in video poker games. You won’t have this delay in live video poker games.

More Jackpots

How many times have you seen progressive jackpots offered for online video poker games? Odds are that some of you have never played at a site offering them. However, almost every live casino has at least a few games that offer progressive jackpots for select Double Double Bonus Poker games. They may also offer other video poker games with a progressive jackpot offered.

Video Poker Jackpots

Granted, the progressive jackpots with most video poker games range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. However, there are a few games that offer longshot progressives that can reach up to $1 million.

The Comps Are Better

It’s no secret that comps for playing online video poker suck compared to those for online slots. In live casinos, video poker comps are much better. While they aren’t on par with comps for playing blackjack or even slots, they are much better than the online version.

For example, where you might earn 1 player point for $10 wagered in slots, you might get 1 point for every $12.50 wagered. Comparatively speaking, you’ll have to wager $15 for a single point versus $1 in slots.

Higher Paytables Can Be Easier to Find

One thing you’ll notice in online video poker is that the best video poker paytables can be tough to find. On average, the best tables you’ll find are about 8-5 or 8-6. You can find the occasional 9-5 or 9-6, but you have to really hunt for them.

In live casinos, you can generally find better paytables by doing a little hunting. Games like Double Double Bonus Poker can offer up to 10-7 paytables with 9-5 paytables possible for other games. However, one thing you can do with some games is up the stakes for better paytables.

For example, .25 jacks or better offering 8-5 may switch to 9-5 if you up the stakes to .50 or $1 per coin. Game King is famous for offering this option. Upping the stakes online will seldom impact the paytable of most video poker games.

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James Guill

James Guill is a veteran of the gambling media industry. James started his career as a semi-professional poker player, traveling the US to play tournament poker. In 2008, he transitioned to the media side. Since that time, James has worked for many established brands, including PokerNews, OnGame, Bwin, CardPlayer Lifestyle, Poker Junkie, and Ivey Poker. He also wrote for PokerNews Australia and once had his work featured on G4’s Attack of the Show.

James has a wealth of gambling knowledge and can write on most topics. He also keeps an eye on the growing Bitcoin gambling market and is a HODLer of BTC and several top altcoins. Check out James’ Game of the Week feature, covering the latest and greatest online slot games. James is also a part-time picker, traveling around Virginia looking for deals to flip.

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James Guill is a veteran of the gambling media industry. James started his career as a semi-professional poker player, traveling the US to play tournament poker. In 2008, he transitioned to the media side. Since that time, James has worked for many established brands, including PokerNews, OnGame, Bwin, CardPlayer Lifestyle, Poker Junkie, and Ivey Poker. He also wrote for PokerNews Australia and once had his work featured on G4’s Attack of the Show.

James has a wealth of gambling knowledge and can write on most topics. He also keeps an eye on the growing Bitcoin gambling market and is a HODLer of BTC and several top altcoins. Check out James’ Game of the Week feature, covering the latest and greatest online slot games. James is also a part-time picker, traveling around Virginia looking for deals to flip.

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