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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Whether you're a beginner or a pro, enjoy the thrill of the perfect hand or the perfect bluff. Test your skills in ring games and tournaments, or fine-tune your skills playing the scenario you always wanted to be in. Customize the game however you want. The comprehensive help provides details on each aspect of the game. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Free poker game with gambling cat picture! Bargain. Poker is free after all. [Issue # 11, p.104]
  2. The presentation leaves something to be desired, but the price tag – either free or for $10 – is totally worth it for those who want some casual fun in their Xbox 360 rotation.
  3. It feels cheap and tacky, missing things you'd hope for and things you'd expect, and the single player mode is terrible. Still, try as they might, they've not managed to stop poker being great fun, especially with friends.
  4. 65
    If it remained free, I'd recommend it, but at almost ten dollars, it's a losing bet — single or multiplayer.
  5. Even though it will satisfy anyone’s need to play a few good hands of Texas Hold ‘Em poker, its presentation is boring and it’s multi-player mode is bug ridden – leaving you with a half-made game.
  6. Texas Hold 'em does the barest of bare minimums to make a playable game of Xbox Live Arcade poker.
  7. 22
    A rather horrible game. Something this simple being so poorly designed is asinine.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. RobB.
    Sep 29, 2006
    Been happily playing this game for a while now, pretty much every night. When World Series of Poker came out , I ran to the store expecting something better. WRONG! WSOP is brutal by comparison, despite the 3D environment. Is going back to the store, without question. The arcade version is clearly focused on play, not graphics. The essentials have been implemented almost perfectly. A must for any hold-em fan. Expand
  2. MandableM.
    Aug 27, 2006
    oh come on people, alright it may be a little lacklustre in its appearence but for goodness sake IT WAS FREE!! personaly I have spent every waking moment playing this on live and it is superb. Its even worth the 800 points they charge now aswell. If you have any friends online at all then this is a must! Expand
  3. GeoginaS.
    Aug 30, 2006
    OK so the graphics are hardly dazzling etc. etc.. However, two major things going for it. 1. It's Internet Poker through your TV. 2. You can speak to each other. This makes its it a totally addictive, social activity. Outwitting your opponents and then hearing their cries is a great laugh. Also there's lots of people just chewing the fat. Far more social than a FPS. OK the system is a bit clunky and the options are a bit limited, but ultimately the Poker is just as addictive. For the time being this'll be consuming hours of my free time. Expand
  4. BrendanN.
    Aug 23, 2006
    If you pick it up while it's free, then the game is definitely an 8. It has a lot of variety, even if the gameplay boils down to Texas Hold-Em Poker. There's various modes to play through, and if you paid nothing for the game, the deal is that much sweeter. However, if you're one of the unlucky folks who didn't know this game was free for the first two days and you paid 800 points for it, then you may feel ripped off and your score for the game will reflect that. Expand
  5. alexl
    Aug 30, 2006
    Internet poker, through the TV. Simple as that.
    OK the system isn't as refined as many of the PC based systems, but it's just as
    addictive. Consequently I haven't played any other games since. Worth 800 points? Well seeing as I've already spent more time on it than all the other Live Arcade games put together, then Yeah. Its also finally spurred me into buying a headset so I can sledge my rivals. If you like poker, (and who wouldn't) then get it. Expand
  6. MolokoP.
    Aug 27, 2006
    Good fun. Tons of competition. And I haven't run accross any annoying kids! If you missed the free download it is still worth your microsoft points to get into the game. Expand
  7. JeroenJ.
    Mar 7, 2007
    I've been playing this game for a long time now, but this is were it ends. On the one hand, it is great to talk to people from all over the world, to play with free money and just to enjoy the pokergame. As for the game itself, the design is really not that great. There are three different playing options; the single player mode, play against 'not so hard to beat computer opponents, and two online modes on xbox360 live arcade: the player match where everybody can throw in playing money at will and your bank account can go below zero. The second online mode is the competitive match, 8player tournaments with buy in's that are limited to the bank account. This is the mode I prefer to play, because it is usually with good and serious players, except of course on the 500$ starter's table where people go 'all in' often before the flop, because there is nothing to lose; the bank account is not affected. Anyhow, to get to the point of my review, the biggest problem with this game is that it has a lot of 'bugs'. At the beginning of 2007 Microsoft updated the game, resetting all the players back to zero. Besides, the only thing that changed was a 'away mode', and the fact of getting kicked off the table after 3 'automatic folds'. As for the 'bugs', nothing changed: The game lags out every once in a while, meaning that the screen freezes up, and there is nothing els to do then to manually turn off the xbox and restart it again. Another 'bugger' is that regularly everybody disappears all of a sudden and you are told that you ended up 8th place, even when you were left with only 3 players and being chip-leader... One more: Someone wins an all-in bet and the other player leaves the table right after he saw that he lost, the winner ends up with no money (sometimes the player next to the winner gets it) and leaves the table as well. As for a part some of these problems might be due to the connection and server-host-controllers of the game, the freezing up of the screen, or lagging out, is a error in the game itself and really annoying when it happens on a table with high buy-in. It happened to me one time to many and ofcourse you might say that it is only free money and just a game... still i find it frustrating that this game is so badly tested and has all these errors. In the 'credits' of the game a lot of russian or polish sounding names appear... I wonder why Microsoft chooses undeveloped crap to like this to present to people that spend a lot of money on games and console. Even though the game is apparently for free, my advice is: don't waste your time with it. If you like poker, there must be better designed games out there. Expand

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