Getting Started With Online Poker NZ

Poker is a game with a big personality – just about as big, in fact, as the US state after which the most popular poker variation is named. That’s Texas Hold ‘Em, of course, but there are a great many other popular variations with equally exotic names, like Pot-Limit Omaha, 5 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, Razz, Omaha Hi-Lo and Chinese Poker, to name a few. To the uninitiated, these names may sound forbidding, but the player who has delved into the mysteries will know that casino poker is a pleasure that takes a lifetime to savour. Now if you think that playing poker must involve smokey rooms and dodgy green poker shades, you’ve probably been watching too many movies! Nowadays the most convenient way to play casino poker is online, in the comfort of your own home or another location of choice. Here at All Slots Casino we have a wide range of great casino poker option with winning possibilities. Like all our casino games – and we have a whack of titles, more than 700 in fact, covering casual games like scratch cards to other classic card and table games such as roulette and baccarat, not to mention our famous online pokies – our casino poker games are designed for optimal performance on the device of your choice.  Desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet, Android or iPhone, the choice is yours.

How to play casino poker

Your standard, basic 52-card deck – that’s the foundation of poker, no more, no less. It’s all about betting against other players while playing the hand you’re dealt to the best advantage. The basic rules are easy enough to learn but there’s no end to the lessons that poker can dish out!

At the start of every game, the dealer shuffles the deck of cards, cuts the deck and deals the cards to all the players, face down. Players will assess how good or bad their hand is and then choose whether to keep or replace the cards in their hand. Every round, the players make bets – not only on the basis of how strong their hands is, but also on how strong, or weak, they think other players’ hands are, and whether or not they think the other players are bluffing. It’s not always the best hand that wins.

If one player makes a bet that nobody else can match, the other players fold and the player with the unmatched bet collects all the chips. Alternatively, come the final betting round, if more than one player is still holding cards, all players have to show their hands and player with the best hand is the winner.

Casino poker comes in different flavours

The different types of poker variations, like Texas Hold 'Em, Omaha Hold 'Em, Five-Card Draw, and Five-Card Stud, all have slightly different conventions that give each variation a different flavour.  At All Slots Casino we have 17 types of online poker New Zealand players enjoy, including Aces and Eights, Double Joker, All America and Tens or Better. Included in these options are single hand, 4-hand, 10-hand, 50-hand, 100-hand and level-up games. They’re all available in regular online and mobile casino formats. But that’s not all – we have completely different ways to play casino poker, too. From the smooth, slick simulations powered by Microgaming, there’s a world of online poker entertainment to explore here at All Slots.   

Chances to win at online poker New Zealand

The hand every player hopes to draw is the Royal Flush –  the Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of one suit. Next in desirability is the Straight Flush – 5 cards in sequence from the same suit, for example, the 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of Clubs. Then there’s Four of a Kind, which is four cards of the same value plus one other card, or a Full House, which is three cards with the same rank and two with another. A Flush is any five cards from the same suit, and a Straight is a series of five cards, like 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen. Three of a Kind is three cards with the same rank, Two Pair is two pairs of cards, each pair having the same rank, and One Pair is a single pair of cards with the same rank. If nobody has even got a pair, then the  High Card – the highest single card in any hand – wins the day.

An online video poker bonanza

Something different for the poker fans out there, video poker offers a twist on traditional poker that’s bound to appeal to anyone who enjoys card games and video pokies alike. It’s basically playing poker against a machine in a format that benefits from all the souped-up graphics, animation and sounds you’d associate with the finest video pokies. At the same time, you still have to think like a poker player! What cards will you keep, which will you discard? Video poker gives you time to think and weigh up your choices.

The different types of video poker all offer different ways to play and potentially win. To succeed at Tens Or Better, for example, your hand needs to include a pair of 10's at least. Jacks Or Better takes a pair of Jacks, a pair of Kings is the minimum required in Joker Poker,  and Deuces Wild demands three of a kind at least. Conveniently, video poker games have pay tables that show you all the possible wining hands. Some video poker games have a wild card that can substitute for any other card so you can even have Five of a Kind – impossible to achieve in regular poker! There are more than 50 kinds of video poker for players to explore at All Slots Casino.

Claim your poker bonus

At All Slots Casino we like to extend new members a courtesy in the form of a Welcome Bonus. We will match your first deposit 100% up to $500. Consider it your poker bonus! Of course you can use it on any game you like. And you can claim that bonus twice again in the first week, for a maximum of $1500. If you decide to stick around as a member, there are ongoing promotions and special bonuses throughout the year to explore and enjoy.

Casino poker online: FAQs

At All Slots Casino we like our players to be well informed so that they can make responsible gambling decisions and have the best fun under the sun. Take the time to read the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.

Q: Why is All Slots Casino the best casino poker online site?

A: At All Slots Casino, not only do players have the widest choice of top-quality poker and video poker titles, but they can also enjoy a generous $1500 Welcome Bonus as well as the peace of mind that comes with knowing their personal and financial information is completely secure at all times.

Q: Can you win real money playing at a poker online casino?

A: Winning real-money bets on poker, video poker and other games at All Slots Casino Players receive real-money payouts. However, it is also possible to play at no cost in free-play mode. Although this means forgoing chances to win real-money payouts, it is advisable especially for players who are unfamiliar with online casino games. 

Q: Is it legal to play at a poker online casino in New Zealand?

A: Under New Zealand law, it is perfectly legal to gamble on games with winning possibilities such as poker, video, poker, blackjack, baccarat, scratch cards and any other of the plethora of online casino games available at All Slots Casino. We are licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority and independently audited for safety and finance by eCOGRA for your added peace of mind.

Q: Does Three Card Draw Poker have good odds of winning?

A: Three Card Draw Poker Basic is a newer and simpler version of poker that is perfect of players with limited time who want to play a short game. The house edge can be as low as 2% or, if played blind, over 7.5%, depending on how the player approaches the game.

Q: How much does it cost to play poker at a casino?

A: It needn’t cost anything to play online poker as you can always enjoy the game in free-play mode.

Q: How do you play Texas Hold‘Em poker?

A: Texas Hold 'Em is one of the all-time favourites. Each player receives two cards, face down. The dealer spreads the cards out to enable players to build the best five-card hands they can. Players can bet before and after each card is revealed. The best hand wins the pot.