Why VR makes sense for poker
Poker is traditionally a social game where you interact with other players. The game’s social aspect adds a dimension of fun because you get to observe your opponents and gauge their reactions.
Lacking face-to-face contact, online poker is more about mathematical probability and less about human psychology. The emphasis on odds doesn’t bother long-time poker fans, but for those new to the game, the lack of social interaction could be a put off.
This is where VR comes in. VR technology generates an illusion, tricking your brain into thinking that you’re somewhere you’re not. Just chuck on a VR headset and you could find yourself in a virtual casino lobby alongside other players.
How far the technology can be pushed remains to be seen, but companies like Mega Particle are already creating immersive VR casino experiences. Their app even lets you create a lifelike avatar that mimics your facial movements when you speak!
The growth of VR poker
For now, SlotsMillion is the only site to brand itself a real-money virtual reality casino. Since 2015, SlotsMillion has offered the chance to play popular slots in a VR lobby. Poker hasn’t featured (yet).
SlotsMillion might be alone for now, but VR headsets are getting cheaper and more accessible. The likely result: more people open to VR experiences and a bigger market for casinos to reach.
As VR online games become lucrative, we could see more casinos experimenting with the technology. As a game that benefits from the social interaction VR facilitates, poker seems an obvious choice for game developers.