Play poker at online casinos, too
Although online casinos are not usually known for their great offer of poker rooms, you might still consider them a viable option. Casino games and online poker are usually intertwined anyway - most online poker rooms have casino side games, and casinos offer access to various forms of casino poker. Not to mention online sports betting outlets, that have poker rooms, casino games, bingo halls and many other similar online gaming options.
Some say that casino versions of poker are not games of poker at all. They are right to some extent - the casino variants of poker games are mostly games of chance. Strategy - that can help a good poker player win a round even with a worthless hand - has no role in these games, only luck. Still, these games can be fun to play, and an interesting alternative for online poker.
There are several casino poker games a player can try. Most of them are based on "traditional" poker variants. Players can go for a round of Casino Hold'em, 3 Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, or spend some time at the video poker machines.
Video poker is the simplest of them all. It is similar to slot machines, although a bit more complex. These machines usually work by rules similar to Five Card Draw. The machine uses a standard 52-card deck, sometimes with the jokers included, and sometimes the deuces also act as jokers, depending on the game. The machine deals five cards, and the player has the possibility to discard up to five of them, and request new ones. The wins depend on the amount wagered, and the strength of the player's poker hand, according to a pay table.
Some video poker variants will pay out with any winning combination from a pair up, others will only pay if the player has at least a pair of Jacks (these are called Jacks or Better). Usually the strongest hand - and also the less likely to be dealt by the machine - is considered the Royal Flush - this one always comes with the highest payout.
Pai Gow Poker is another popular casino card game, especially online and in Asian casinos. It is the Americanized version of Pai Gow, a Chinese game played with Chinese dominoes. The player is dealt seven cards, and has to divide them in two hands - one with five cards, the other with two. The five-card hand has to be stronger than the other one, according to the rules. The hands are evaluated by the standard poker hand ranking. If both the player's hands beat the dealer's hands, the player wins, while if only one hand beats the dealer's hand, the bet is a push.
Oh, almost forgot - there is one more reason why you should try these casino poker games: because of the generous bonuses and other benefits usually offered by online casinos.