Online Video Poker vs. Land Based: The Convenience Factor

When I'm asked if I prefer online video poker vs. land based, this presents a great opportunity for me to explain that the two things are actually almost identical with the exception of their locations. This means that while I would have to take a day or two off work, travel to my nearest casino (which is about 65 miles from me) and then spend money on a hotel room, food, drinks and more, I don't have to do this when I choose the internet-based option!

Truth be told, I prefer online video poker vs. land based because I can find duplicates of all of the same titles found in bricks and mortar establishments in a virtual setting. Jacks or Better is my favorite - and this is true for just about everyone, I think - and it's available in just about every single internet venue out there that offers up this game. Of course, I can also find Double Double Bonus Poker, Joker Poker, Deuces Wild, Jokers Wild and many more all with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Something else to consider here is the wait time. People who have been in bricks and mortar establishments have often noted that they have had to wait upwards of an hour to get a seat at their favorite consoles. This can be quite disheartening, especially if you only have a limited amount of time to play before you have to leave. Similarly, when you sit down amongst the crowds in these establishments, you lose all sense of privacy even though this is a game that is supposed to be solitary in nature! People can still hover over your shoulder, try to give you pointers, and even keep track of the amounts you are winning or losing.

In fact, I have found that there is one true advantage to playing online video poker vs. land based, and that is the bonus offerings that are available to me. At the time of writing, there are two venues with which I currently do business. The first provided me with a lucrative welcome offer that equaled $500 in cash, and once that expired, I still had plenty of options available to me weekly and monthly. The second one provides me with a cash-back reward which is essentially 5% of what I spend every month up to $450, and this amount is credited to me on the first few days of each month.

If you're going to play for fun, then it is important to choose online video poker vs. land based. You won't be able to go into a bricks and mortar venue and have a hand dealt to you for free; after all, these establishments depend upon every square inch of floor space they have to make them money. When you turn to the internet, though, you can decide whether you want to play for free or for real cash, and you can change your mind as often as you want. I'll always be a fan, especially since I can swap variations without having to wait in line.