Texas Holdem Poker on the iPad

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If you happen to enjoy card games, especially online games against real opponents, then you’ll probably love this one.  Poker legend Doyle Brunson refers to this game as “the Cadillac of poker.”

Made by Vaiden Gaming, Texas Hold’em Poker is both beautiful to look at and very fun and easy to play.  I don’t mean it’s “easy mode” poker, I mean the interface is easy to understand.  You can play against the game if you’re not connected or (I recommend) play against other live players from anywhere an iOS device is connected to the Internet.

You don’t play for real money, of course, but you can purchase VIP chips to give you game bonuses in the game’s freemium model.

Before you sit at the table, you can hang out in the lobby where other players who’re online congregate.  This gives you a chance to talk, find fellow players you’d like to friend and get in-game with, etc.  It can also be linked to your Facebook profile so you can not only invite friends from there for friendly matches, but you can also send brags about game events to your profile.

After all, what good is playing well if you can’t brag about it?

Although the game sometimes slows down if your connection is not good or a lot of people are connected – I noticed it was slower to draw cards when at a table full of online players during peak hours.  Otherwise, it’s great.  Some have complained that it crashes once in a while, but I haven’t seen that myself.


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