Poker Rooms and Online Casinos to Join During Lockdown

Poker Rooms and Online Casinos to Join During Lockdown
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As the global coronavirus pandemic sends people into self-isolation, it only stands to reason that there would be an upturn in online entertainment, including playing casino and poker games.

Normal routines are being upended due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is ramping up around the world. Concerts are postponed, sporting events are suspended or canceled, schools are closed and outdoor activities are practically banned, save essential work and one daily dose of exercise in the name of “healthy living.”

Gathering restrictions, social distancing, non-essential work bans, and more, are some of the virus-mandated edits that are affecting populations in major cities and changing life as we know it, right before our eyes.

Many countries in Europe have already gone into some form of lockdown – from partial to draconian lockdown – in an attempt to come to grips with the spread of the deadly virus; and more and more states across America are heading towards similar measures as the number of coronavirus cases and fatalities increase daily.

Self-isolation may be a good way to protect yourself and others in your family or at home from coronavirus, but, let’s face it, it can be very challenging where staving off boredom is concerned.

Some of the questions that many are contending with today are, ‘What’s there to do in a lockdown when you’re stuck inside four walls for the better part of the day? How does one avoid getting ‘nutty as a fruitcake’ in self-isolation?

Resorting to traditional means of passing the time are options to consider, obviously. Things like reading a book, watching television shows, playing various games or dusting off an instrument (so long as your neighbors aren’t bothered by the noise) can provide much-needed distraction.

In this day and age of globalization with the internet connecting us all, it stands to reason that people will also look to online entertainment for their thrills. Anything from making Tik Tok videos and zooming friends and family for a “get together,” the options are endless.

Online casino games and poker games fall into online entertainment options to consider, naturally. For those that live in areas where online gambling is legal, this will be easily accessible. For those that don’t live in such online gambling-friendly jurisdictions, playing with ‘play money’ or ‘playing for fun’ is a safe option to consider.

Free games typically don’t require opening an account and are a great way for players to play for fun and hassle-free entertainment. For those looking to hone their skills, learn a new game or practice their skill set before playing for real money, playing for fun is a good place to start.

The ease of playing from home has long been an advantage that online casinos have had over land-based casinos; amidst the coronavirus outbreak, this has never been truer than it is now.

Online betting and gambling fans are embarrassed for choice with a dazzling array of online games available at top-rated sportsbooks, such as slots, table games, and lotteries.

Online casinos can offer free bonuses to players (something that a land-based casino simply doesn’t do), as well as better payouts, smaller to bigger limits (depending on a player’s preference), and larger progressive jackpots. Importantly, there are no wait times to play your favorite game and you can play anytime during the day, 24/7. One simply has to turn on a computer/device and log into one of many of the best sportsbooks to get started. It’s a win-win.

Here we list some of the top destinations to consider for online casino and online poker entertainment, while self-isolating.

5Dimes has over 200 casino games on tap, including 8 different variations of blackjack and several video poker games to choose from. Complementing the wide selection are numerous bonuses and promotions that are sure to enhance players’ bankrolls.

Bookmaker serves up a ton of casino games from blackjack and video poker to slots, bingo, and keno. Weekly tournaments, regular casino bonuses and free play options are on hand to satisfy both novice and experienced players’ needs.

Bovada’s catalog of over 300 online casino and poker games is impressive and during these trying times, Bovada is ‘super-sizing’ its casino with new games every week.

Heritage Sports offers a full suite of casino games, giving players the option to play for real or fun.

BetOnline offers an extensive selection of table games, craps, baccarat, roulette and slot machines as well as video bingo, keno games, and 3D virtual racebook.

Intertops offers 300-plus games and a comprehensive welcome package to new customers along with various promotions and giveaways.

Youwager serves up 24 table games and 41 slots in its classic casino portal, along with 18 video poker games, 7 keno, and scratch games.

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