Instant Play Poker Sites

Published: 28/12/2010

There are many advantages to being able to play Poker online without downloading any software. Not the least of these is that it is possible to get into games from any location on any computer, rather than be tethered to a specific machine that contains the provider’s Poker client. That’s one reason why more and more Poker web sites are offering an “Instant Play” option to their customers.

Another benefit of switching to Instant Play mode is to relieve players’ computers of cumbersome applications that can take up valuable disk space and slow the function of their machines. Similarly, Instant Play makes it unnecessary to download time-consuming updates whenever the Poker site upgrades its software.

Instant Play Basics

Today’s Instant Play Poker sites are every bit as functional as their downloadable counterparts. Graphics and audio streamed over high-speed Internet connections are equal in quality to their downloaded counterparts, and the compatibility problems that plague some Poker software are all but eliminated thanks to the use of universally accepted Adobe Flash and Java scripts.

Instant Play Poker sites can be accessed by both Windows and Mac operating systems as well as Linux and open-source systems like Ubuntu. The games are played directly in the computer’s browser window, and it really doesn’t matter much what type of browser format is selected. Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and Firefox are all supported.

If there is a downside to playing without downloaded software, it comes in the form of fewer extra features. For example, most Instant Play versions are not set up to allow multi-tabling. This can be important to those who find single table play too slow for their liking. Other missing features may include hotkey options, instant replay of hands, cascading and tiling of browser windows, favorite seat saving, and alternate table views.

That said, most of these extras are simply conveniences that in no way affect actual play. The ability to participate in single-table ring games (cash games) and various types of tournaments is not impeded in any way. And Instant Play Poker games offer the same full cashier facility as downloads, allowing deposits and cashouts without the need to access additional programming.

Start Winning Instantly

Many of the Poker sites offering Instant Play games can be accessed in risk-free “For Play” mode as well as the real-money “For Cash” mode. This allows players to “test drive” the browser-based versions risk-free before committing any actual funds. Switching over from play money to real money is as easy as clicking a button.

Should any difficulty be experienced in getting the Instant Play window to open, it may be necessary to turn off the browser’s pop-up blocker or configure it to allow pop-ups from the Poker site. Another fix is to ensure that the latest version of Flash or Java is installed.

Among the top Poker web sites providing Instant Play access are Absolute Poker, Party Poker, 32 Red Poker, Chili Poker, 888 Poker, Titan Poker, and UB Poker. A re-launch is also being planned for Bodog’s currently disabled Mac-compatible Instant Play Poker rooms, too. Some of these sites accept American players, while others have country-specific restrictions, the same as their download versions.

To get more players using Instant Play Poker, promotions are offered. Examples of these include Party Poker’s free $50 no-deposit bonus and UB Poker’s 100% deposit match bonus of up to $1,200. Promotional codes may be required to take advantage of the offers. Be sure to check the promotions list of the Poker site for details.

Published on: 28/12/2010

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