Video poker is a popular game in brick-and-mortar casinos across the country, and so it’s no surprise that it is one of the games offered on licensed online gaming sites in New Jersey and Delaware.
In a sense, the game has the same core rules as you would see at a poker table where you compete against other players, but in video poker you are playing against the house. In other words, there isn’t the possibility that someone will make you fold a great hand.
Online video poker plays a big role in the roughly $200,000-a-month online gaming market in Delaware and the roughly $14-million-a-month market in New Jersey.
A great thing about online video poker is that the limits are lower than what you would see in a brick-and-mortar casino. Players can wager at the nickel denomination, rather than at the $0.25 denomination or what is sometimes a minimum of $1 or $5 in some casinos.
Online video poker is a big reason why online casinos are seen as a way to help drive visitation to the live setting. Gamblers can get used to the ins and outs of the game in a low-stakes environment before trying their hand on the brick-and-mortar gaming floor.
While California has focused solely on peer-to-peer poker play in its efforts to legalize online gaming, Pennsylvania would legalize a bunch of Internet casino games, including online video poker. The Keystone State is also in need of updating its law on live video poker, like the state of Illinois has already done, because the games happen at bars and taverns across the state but are still quasi-legal. Billions are spent on video poker each year in both states.
Video poker, live and online, is going to happen whether it’s fully sanctioned by the state or not. It is better to tax and regulate the games rather than let them operate in a gray legal area.
Outside of America, online video poker is legal in major gambling markets like the United Kingdom, Australia, etc., with online casino – Casino.com being one of the largest players in the space. It offers huge number of video games and other casino games. The success of online video poker around the world the world will surly lead these huge online casinos to join the USA land based casinos, better sooner than later.
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