Live Poker vs. Video Poker: How Are They Different?
There are hundreds of different games to play at the casino, but poker stands out from the rest. They even have dedicated poker rooms when you play live. When you step into one of these rooms, you’re entering a special world with its own set of rules and social standards to follow. It can be a bit awkward at first, but if you’re good at cards, you can make a lot of money playing live poker.
That’s assuming you can get over that initial awkwardness. Not everyone is cut out for the social challenges of live poker – which is where video poker steps in. Whether you’re playing at the brick-and-mortar casinos or right here at Slots.lv, video poker gives you a different way to play one of the most popular card games in the world. Here are some of the other differences besides the social aspect that you can expect when you hit the video poker machines:
Strategies Are Much Simpler
Most video poker games are single draw 5-card poker, where you have only one decision to make during the hand: Which of the five cards to keep. You can learn a near-optimal strategy for each game in a matter of minutes – you can even have a “cheat sheet” with you while you play. Fully optimal strategies are more complicated and take more time to figure out, but they’re still far easier to wrap your head around. Becoming an expert at live poker is very much like getting an advanced degree.
No Bad Beats
Live poker has a way of building up your hopes (you made a straight on the flop) and tearing them down (your opponent made a full house on the river). There is no opponent when you play video poker, and there aren’t any additional betting rounds to fret over once the cards are dealt, so it’s far less stressful for most people.
No Tipping Necessary
When you play live poker, you’re expected to tip the dealer; a dollar for every pot you win at the low stakes is standard. You should also tip your servers, of course, and if you want to get seated promptly at a busy casino, you’ll have to grease some palms. None of that is required at Slots.lv. You don’t even need to know the difference between a brush and a floorman.
Unless you’re playing in one of the massive cardrooms in Los Angeles, you might have trouble finding a live poker game running at the stakes you want to play. And if you love the classic 5-card draw game, video poker is one of the last places left to go. At Slots.lv, you can play video poker anytime you like, 24/7, and you can play for stakes as low as five cents per hand. You can’t do that at the Bellagio.