Online Free Play
by J. Phillip Vogel
free play or practice play including online poker free-rolls is a
casino luxury that most often goes unappreciated.
certainly is true that online free play does indeed shave off a bit of
the excitement of the action going on--well, okay, a LOT of the
excitement, the true value of it isn’t the thrill of the chase.
is more of a fantastic opportunity to explore what
is available, and to learn the many free
casino games with zero risk
You can freely
version of poker that was a mystery before--Pai Gow or Badugi, maybe?
Or, how about that slot or video poker version never explored?
gives online players the chance to test strategies that are both
proven, and theoretical, learn the basics of games that they aren’t
familiar with or to simply have fun knowing there is no consequence no
matter what they decide to do. Want to play that favorite game at a max
bet of $200 a spin? Go for it!
The free play is not just for novice players though. They are a
wonderful resource for gamblers of all skill levels.
It is unfortunate that it is often difficult to convince veteran
gamblers to explore this option.
if it is warranted by the situation such as testing a new casino site.
Despite the fact that it is clearly to their advantage to do so, many
feel that their familiarity with online gambling makes the step
unnecessary, wrongly believing that online gambling software is all the
They think, “Why bother with it when trying it out will be no different
than any other site?”
fact is it does not matter whether this is your first time playing or
your one thousandth; it’s never a good idea to play at a new site
without first getting some experience with the software through online
free play. This step is too important to take lightly.
to say that the games aren’t wholly without their drawbacks. Just like
anything else you will encounter in life, there are both good points
A Few Good Points
Set aside the
entertainment value of playing the games. There are some vitally
important reasons why both novice players and veteran casino gamblers
alike should give the preview games a whirl with online free play.
Players can test before they commit
allows players to try out the casino sites software before parting
company with any of their cash. This is an excellent way to get a look
and feel for the graphics. This is the perfect strategy to decide
whether the site is a good match for your preferences or not.
can never be a bad idea to practice a little on some of your favorite
games. This is true especially if you have been away for a while.
play is especially important if you are more into the skill games and
you are working on new strategies that need to be fine-tuned.
Players Gain Experience with Unfamiliar Games
you are dealing with new games at internet casinos, it is to your
advantage to preview the casino games and to learn the theoretical
basics behind the game. Then you should get some practical experience
playing the game.
For the novice player who has never played
online before, this would likely include all or most of the games that
they like playing.
Online free play offers a risk-free option to learn the games where
there is no money involved and is
the most cost-effective way to learn how to play them.
Get Your Feet Wet
those who like to gamble and have never seen the “inside” of an online
casino before, playing the games in this section affords you the
opportunity to make the jump from land-cased casinos to those that are
online without any pressure.
A Few Bad Points about Online Free Play
As was stated previously, just like everything else in life, there are
good points about things and there are bad. It’s true that nothing is
perfect as we wish it were.
Here are a few of the issues that practice gamers will likely encounter
during their online free play.
the free play mode, not all of the games will be available to you that
can be played in the real money mode. If you are visiting a new online
casino and are not sure if a game you prefer is available, feel free to
contact the customer support department and ask them about it. They are
always more than happy to answer your questions.
Limited Amount of Interaction
will typically be facing off against the computer-generated house and
it can get boring fast. If you want to chat or compete against other
players then micro-limit multi-player games may very well be your only
It takes Time
Between downloading and
registering, if it is a download casino, it can take 20 minutes or more
to go through the process from beginning to end.
Once you have
done all that there is the possibility that you simply do not like that
online casino software. This means going through the entire process
again at another site.
fact that these games are identical to the real games, if you are
facing any opponents in multi-player games, they may act differently
than they would were you playing for real money.
For example, if
you are in an online poker room, don’t be surprised if 7 out of 10
players go all in just about every hand with garbage.
This is something they would never do if they were playing for real
while these games are an extremely valuable resource for online
gamblers, especially if you are a novice player, they are
unfortunately, not without their limitations.
drawbacks, online free play is an important step to safely enter and
compete in the exciting world of online gaming.
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