User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16

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  1. GeoginaS.
    Aug 30, 2006
    9
    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 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
  2. Andyman
    Aug 24, 2006
    9
    Best poker game on any platform, period. Enough said.
  3. MandableM.
    Aug 27, 2006
    10
    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!
  4. RobB.
    Sep 29, 2006
    10
    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 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
Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Texas Hold 'em does the barest of bare minimums to make a playable game of Xbox Live Arcade poker.
  2. It's just puzzling that, with so many internet poker rooms to use for inspiration, many of Texas Hold 'em's elements - play speed, AI, graphics - feel cobbled together and bargain bin.
  3. 65
    If it remained free, I'd recommend it, but at almost ten dollars, it's a losing bet — single or multiplayer.