Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
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  1. Stacked presents itself as a typical game of poker, but thanks to a pretty intriguing artificial intelligence system, it plays things much smarter than your average poker title.
  2. Graphically, aurally, and from a production standpoint, STACKED with Daniel Negreanu is a bit of a mess, but don't let that gruff exterior fool you. If you scrounge around a bit, you'll find what every poker player is seeking; a real game improvement aid.
  3. Hmmm, I guess in the catalog of poker games that are on the market, Stacked does manage to be one of the best when it comes to its thinking opponent system and the inclusion of Negreanu himself, putting some personal touches on the product.
  4. Stacked could benefit from more polish and deeper player customization (no, we don't want to look fat and balding, even if we are), but its actual gameplay is solid, and the creepy I'm-watching-you-so-I-can-destroy-you vibe can only help your real-world strategy.
  5. The market may be over-saturated, but Stacked has the right hooks to attract the serious players and newbie learners alike.
  6. 70
    Overall, Stacked is a great poker game that could have been better. Granted, that would have meant more delays, but the overall package is well worth the price.
  7. Overall, Stacked is a mixed bag of experience.
  8. With too little in the way of additional options, it becomes almost a chore to play this game for the non-enthusiast. However, Stacked has its merits, especially as a tutorial, so it is worth a try for those interested in Texas Hold 'Em and all of its different intricacies.
  9. It's easily the best AI experience you'll find in a console poker title, so if you're dying to pick one up, definitely go with this one.
  10. Official Xbox Magazine
    A seriously clunky interface, on-demand advice from Negreanu that alternates between canny and staggeringly bad, and unimpressive graphics provide no saving graces. [Aug 2006, p.77]
  11. Until you've decided and played your hand, the Pokibot is extremely slow. If you're used to Internet Hold'em play, this game seems quite boring.
  12. 60
    When poker has almost been debased by constant media attention and excessive bandwagoneering, a game like Stacked is refreshing.
  13. If stacked wants to play with the big boys, it needs to bring more to the table.
  14. Two things work against Stacked in the end. One, while the computer AI is great, whoever is dealing the cards needs to be looked into by the gaming commission. And it says "Halo With Chips" on the back, which gives the game higher expectations than it should. Being that I am really enjoying playing Texas Hold'em both in video games and in real life, I wanted to like Stacked. Unfortunately there are just too many other Poker games out there that are better, even with less realistic AI.
  15. If you want Texas Hold 'Em, there are plenty of other ways to get it. This game may have been alright had it been released even a year ago. As it is, Stacked just falls flat inthe face of the competition.
  16. 50
    Unfortunately, similar products have been around for years now, and unless you're not old enough to play competitive poker on an online gambling site (most of which offer free games as well), it's hard to justify picking this one up.
  17. Probably because when compared to the likes of World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour, even Hello Kitty: Poker Party would look like gold. Stacked is better than that fictitious mess, I think, and might be worth a rental if you'd like to see some decent poker-sim A.I.
  18. If you're old enough to play online for nothing, why spend $30 for an ugly interface and weak action?
  19. 48
    The presentation on a whole is either poor and/or awkward, including the raise adjustment, menu navigation, visuals (specifically for the chips), lack of a reasonable create-a-player and more. These are essentially vital in any poker game and they really stick out when they're not done properly.
  20. The tutorial sets the stage for a pleasurable experience, but shoddy game modes, AI, and visuals kill the moment.

Awards & Rankings

#57 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
User Score

No user score yet- Awaiting 1 more rating

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Dec 27, 2017
    For an older guy who doesn't care about "graphics" but rather a better AI engine Stacked has been for me, the best of all the XBOX Hold 'emFor an older guy who doesn't care about "graphics" but rather a better AI engine Stacked has been for me, the best of all the XBOX Hold 'em Poker titles. Who cares about graphics if the game play stinks or crap that never happens at a poker table, happens? Yeah, throw Daniel's advice away and learn the game for yourself. Full Review »
  2. JB
    Jun 3, 2006
    The IGN review is dead on. This game was delayed and delayed for a reason: It's not very good. It doesn't matter how strong the The IGN review is dead on. This game was delayed and delayed for a reason: It's not very good. It doesn't matter how strong the poki engine is, the user interface is awful, not to mention the overall gameplay and poor online setup. Reminds me of a car with a Porsche engine but a Yugo body. Full Review »