- Fix for crashes on some iOS versions
Ratings and Reviews
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I enjoy this game. It’s well-designed and fun to play (there’s a big But coming…read on). I’m a seasoned player, do not mind losing fairly, and play this game on my iPad at least 1-2 hours every day as a side diversion while working at my desk. I’ve achieved the #3 ranked player in “the world,” and have (eventually) won tournaments on nearly all continents.
But after playing for a couple months now, and spending some $100 in Real Money for additional chips (the pleasure has been worth it to me), I’ll soon be letting my $20 million bank play out and move on.
The honest reason is simple: the “house” (in this case the developer) uses shills, in the form of cartoon players, who make completely unrealistic bets having only one obvious purpose: to separate you from your money. No reasonable player ever goes All-In with the absurd frequency of these toon bozos; no real player ever bluffs that much or that foolishly. After all, cartoon players have nothing to lose. The end result, with frequent annoyance, takes away from the true enjoyment of this game when you know you’re being cheated by the house.
For beginners, this is a good and fun way to learn Texas Holdem, with beautiful graphics. But if you expect fair rules in the long term, find another version of the game. (To the developer: this isn’t a decent way to make money, folks. Offer honest players an honest game, and you’ll have loyal users like me stay all-in for the long haul.)
Simulation needs work
I appreciate that this poker app has tasteful, elegant graphics and photo-realistic avatars. However, after four months of play, I have come to the conclusion that this product does not (yet) employ fair game play algorithms nor random shuffle. For example, your simulated opponents will frequently go "all in" before the flop for hands they could not win without the turn or river. Low card and other junk hands that most players would fold become full house or straight draws that justify open bets. It is as though the outcome of each round is known and your simulated opponents bet accordingly. That is frustrating. Also tournaments seem rigged in your favor such that, unless you really botch your hands, you'll likely end up at the top so it's easier to advance to the next tournament. I hoped for an authentic experience in order to improve my betting game. If you just want to practice Texas Hold 'Em in a gorgeous environment and don't care strongly about authenticity, I would recommend this app. However I plan to look for another poker app that better simulates real game play.
Ok for super casual novices
I’ve been playing for a week. Very fun the first couple days. 2 main problems.
First, they try to get your money. If you lose a few tournaments (highly likely), you can’t go back and replay a tournament you’ve already won, and it takes virtual currency to enter most tournaments. It’s very tempting to drop actual money to get some VC to play tournaments.
Second, the goal is to increase your world ranking. I’ve already noticed that a head to head challenge is very difficult...it’s as if the AI can see my cards and/or knows what cards are coming up. Several times, the AI went all in with bad cards and then caught a straight or flush or 3 of a kind on the river. Like the AI doubled up on me 3 hands in a row via a river miracle.
So occasionally, the odds are stacked against the player, you lose VC, they try to get you to spend real money.
Very fun game if you don’t care about progressing and just want to play a hand of poker on the toilet every once in a while.
- Youda Games Holding B.V.
- 351.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 17+ for the following:
- Frequent/Intense Simulated Gambling
- © 2017 Youda Games Holding B.V.
- In-App Purchases
- Chips Pack 01 $0.99
- Chips Pack 02 $1.99
- Chips Pack 03 $2.99
Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.