Poker has been a mainstay of casinos and video games pretty much since the beginning of each form. Before digital, casino dealers had to use physical cards; before screens had pixels on them, the only thing we could gamble with was our stacks of quarters and bits of paper torn from our parents’ wallets.
Enter: virtual reality (VR). It turns out that VR allows for a very immersive gambling experience, and this is probably one of the best things about it. Ever wanted to just throw your money away by throwing chips into a hologram machine so you can sit at a table with some other dude who’s way too good at poker? Well, now you can do that! Without all of those real-world consequences like friends, family, work, or thinking about the future of modern civilization.
Poker VR is an online multiplayer game (1-4 players) where you sit at a table and play poker with other people in VR. It uses Oculus Quest hardware for its players’ headsets. The goal of Poker VR is to win money by being better than whoever you are sitting across from at the poker table, which is called ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’. This game has gotten some pretty good reviews so far so it can be assumed that it’s fun if only because the novelty of playing poker in virtual reality probably carries some charm.
Let’s break down some keywords in this article:
Casinos: indoor establishments that contain many small rooms called ‘casino rooms’ where people pay to gamble with cards, dice, slot machines, or other games of chance.
VR: short for virtual reality; is the term used to define a three-dimensional (3D) environment that is explored using special equipment like headsets or gloves
Poker: card game where you try to get the best hand by having your cards beat everyone else around the table at once; costs money per round
Texas Hold ‘Em: specific version of poker played only in casinos and online; the game consists of two players trying to make their hands better than each other’s while they bet on who will win (to determine how many coins/points are won).
Poker VR is a game where you play poker with other players in a virtual reality environment. It uses the Oculus Quest 2 hardware. Poker VR has gotten pretty good reviews online thus far, but there are some general complaints made about users not being able to see their cards very well during gameplay or that the multiplayer mode may be a little lacklustre overall at this point in time.
In the end, Poker VR seems to be a good enough way for new users to “get into” virtual reality without having to spend too much on an insane PC or some other kind of new technology. The general consensus around this game is that it can be a pretty fun time if you have a lot of people around and want to play poker with them. Of course, there are some flaws, but maybe those will get patched or worked out eventually. All in all, if you have a friend who has an Oculus Quest 2 headset and wants to play poker, this may just be the app for you!