Finding free video poker games online is easy enough to do. Almost all online casinos offer free video poker games to play. The "big four" software packages that make up the bulk of the online casino gaming platform include Cryptologic, Playtech, Microgaming, and Realtime Gaming. All of these casino software platforms offer free video poker in a variety of different games, including free Jacks or Better video poker, free Deuces Wild video poker, and multiple other video poker variations.
Playing "free video poker games" online is actually one of the easier things to figure out how to do in life. Decide whether or not you want to download the casino software or not, before choosing where to play. Almost all online casinos offer a free download version of their software, but a subset of these casinos also offer a no download (usually flash based) version of their games you can play for free.
Our favorite free video poker casino is Bodog Casino. The casino is available in both a downloadable version and a free flash version you can play in your web browser. The video poker software at Bodog Casino runs smoothly, quickly, and looks and feels like a real video poker machine at a traditional landbased casino. Bodog casino also offers full pay or close to full pay versions of most variations of video poker, including one of our favorites, a free Pickem Poker game with a 99.95% payout percentage.
Some people are convinced that any free video poker game is a waste of time, especially when considering that a real money video poker game might actually result in winning some money. (It's impossible to win money at free video poker, no matter how well you play or how lucky you get.) But there are various reasons why someone might want to play free video poker games.
One reason to play free video poker is to practice your video poker strategy without risking any of your own money. Microgaming's free video poker offers a strategy advisor that's built right into the game. (I'm not sure if this is available only in the downloadable version or if it's also available in the no download flash version.) Our favorite Microgaming casino at which to play free video poker is River Belle, which offers dynamite software, and if you ever decide you want to switch from free video poker to real money video poker, they offer some of the best bonuses and customer service in the business.
The big perk to using free video poker games as a learning tool is that you can learn to play using correct video poker strategy without risking any real money on your strategy mistakes.
Like almost any kind of online video game, video poker can be an enjoyable waste of time. Lots of video games are interesting even without the risk of real money being wagered, and people play those games all the time without questioning why you would play them without money on the line. Video poker is different because it's traditionally played for money. (It is a gambling game, after all.)
But that doesn't mean that you're weird just because you want to play video poker for free. The world is full of people who have different ideas of how to have a good time, and if your idea of a good time is to play video poker without money on the line, then more power to you!
By the way, there are some sites which offer free video poker games which aren't actually casinos, but are casino portals. A couple of these games include: