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Texas Hold'em

 

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Play like a pro against realistic opponents or with your friends over a Wi-Fi Network. Use all of the hints, tips, tells, and your mastery to gain access to exclusive rooms with higher-stakes and even bigger rewards!FEATURES:- Switch between….. Read more

What's New in Version 1.1

Now Texas Hold’em is even hotter with animating gesture-created emotes, more statistics tracking, and unlimited re-buys in Multiplayer games for longer competitive play!

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Rated 1/5 based on 3 customer reviews.

 

3/5 stars
Needs independent AI's

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Fun as a diversion, and the interface, graphics, sound, etc. are some of the nicest of any of the game apps....

BUT a poker game is really about the poker, right? A good poker game will run a game engine independently of the computer generated character's AI's. In other words, it should run the game based on whatever random chance / calculations of what's left in a deck program it uses, and the computer generated player's AI should run completely independent of that, with basic logic programs that allow them to choose to play a hand, fold, bluff, whatever.

However in this app, the game engine and the CGP's AI are clearly the same thing, working in conjunction with one another. This means you'll often see stupid hands like this: You have two aces. You play the hand. One guy goes all in before the first common card is dealt. The five dealt play out as an Ace, a 10, an 8, a 2, and a 7. You're feeling good because you have three aces. But the guy who followed you in wins it with a straight, since he had a six and a nine. Now who goes all in before the first common card is dealt with a six and a nine of different suits? And who then wins with a straight? In my neck of the woods both the guy and the dealer would get shot...

Clearly the computer generated players in the game "know" the cards that will be dealt. It makes for some pretty boring play. Stupid hands like the one I described, bizarre decisions like raising until they have only five hundred dollars in chips left from a pile of four thousand, and suddenly folding, etc. etc... poker games with independent AI are so much better, because then the players are actually playing to the best of their programming based only on the limited information they are receiving... just like you...

0/5 stars
Insulting, Unrealistic (but pretty)

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This game is an insult to the intelligence of anyone who actually plays poker. Without seeing play after my fold, it is impossible to learn anything about the players. Things like play after the fold, speed of play, and many others, should be controllable in the preferences.

Yes, the graphics are excellent, but it takes more than eye candy to make good game play. The format is artificial and completely unrealistic (unless you play in the Poker SuperStars tournament on television, which is by invitation only). Please - give us some real Hold Em!!

UPDATE: After seventy-five games, it is clear that the AI players are too few, with even fewer different playing patterns. It also seems likely that the game changes "luck" or the odds of a given card falling as the level increases. That is totally unrealistic, it's lazy programming, and it makes the game suitable for kids but not adults.

MAJOR REVISIONS ARE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!! First, get the rules right: the minimum bet should be doubled on the last two rounds. Second, make it easier to see both cards in the winning player's hand, even if one is out of play. Third, dump the aritificial format, have more and better AI players, give us a chance to see all the play. Have larger tournaments as the level increases. Last but certainly not least, make the multi-player version just like single-player except with more humans.

2/5 stars
Nice UI marred terrible game engine

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The graphics and user interface are excellent. The "live" actors and various locales also add a very sophisticated touch. The AI is poor; however, good poker AI is difficult to program and given the low price of app, any criticism of the AI is unwarranted.

But at the end of the day, the game is marred by the fact that the random number generator is either seriously flawed (e.g. for mathematicians, standard random functions are not sufficient to select the total number of possible starting decks in poker) or purposely rigged. I assume the latter case, presumably to increase the action.
A few examples:
-The young female player with the cowboy hat who appears on the introductory splash screen gets pocket aces all the time. This is clearly hard coded into the program.
-It is common (yes, common) to see all-ins where three or four players have pocket pairs.
-The larger your total bankroll (> 20 mil), the greater the odds are skewed in favor of the computer players, once again, I presume to make it harder and hence more interesting? Uh no. For instance, AK unsuited heads up against A6 unsuited preflop is about a 70/25 favorite. The odds will skew toward 50/50 once your bankroll becomes large.

For $4.99, I am not expecting anything more than mindless fun and in many respects, the game more than delivers. But why mess with the game play itself which is the heart of the game and more important than any fancy bell or whistles?
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