Did you ever wanted to play a poker on your Linux box? This is an easy task since all what needs to be done is to install poker packages such as kpoker or sillypoker from your Linux distribution's repository and you are done. However, if you want to play a poker online and for real money this may not be as easy as it sounds.

There are plenty of MS Windows poker online clients out there but the problem is that none of them is a native Poker online client for a Linux platform. Some of them only require a Java JRE attached to your browser, but there are also some Poker Online Clients which need to be installed on your system before you can play. In this short article we will discuss one workaround on how to deploy a native MS Windows application on your Linux system.

The workaround will involve a wine application. Wine allows you to run Windows software on Linux operating system and as a result you can install and run these applications just like you would in MS Windows. What it meas is that:

Here is what needs to be done to test this formula:

  • install wine application
  • install MS Windows poker online client using wine
  • run MS Windows poker online client using wine

1. Wine Installation

If you are using Linux system with a debian package management ( DEB ) such as Debian or Ubuntu you can install wine with an apt-get command:

NOTE: apt-get will require root privileges !

# apt-get install wine

In case you are using RedHat with redhat package management ( RPM ) and its spin-offs such as Fedora or CentOS, install wine with a following command:

NOTE: yum will require root privileges !

# yum install wine

2. Linux Poker Online client installation

Now, that the wine application is installed and working, we can download a poker online client such as Party Poker and install it using wine.

NOTE: Do not run a following command as a root user. Party Poker application will be installed locally into your home directory as specified by a bash's $HOME environment variable.

$ wine PartyPokerSetup.exe

If you are running wine for a first time, wine may ask you some questions. Otherwise, just install Party Poker application normally as you would on MS Windows. Before you run a Poker online client you may need to run the wineboot utility to simulate a Windows reboot:

$ wineboot

3. Run Poker Online Client

At this stage you can start an Online Poker client from your linux desktop menu. If for any reason you do not see a shortcut to a Wine->Party Poker in your linux desktop menu you can run this application by:

$ cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files

then locate a Party Poker's installation directory and executable file and run it using wine command:

$ wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/PartyGaming/PartyGaming.exe

4. Tips

Starting a native MS Windows Poker Online Client successfully using wine is not guaranteed ! There are many factors involved in successful run of native MS Windows applications on the Linux system. If you fail to start your desired Poker Online client on your Linux box you may try to install latest version of wine or use CrossOver Software which is a commercial version of wine.

For more information you can head over, under the positively nerd blog, the post is called 'How to play poker on a Mac', but scroll down for the Linux information.

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