Poker was established long ago, so there’s only so much a developer can do when making a video game version. In Texas Poker for Prizes, Gameloft has chosen to focus on the Texas Hold’em variation, and they’ve thrown in something for players of all skill levels. We didn’t really need another free-to-play poker game on iOS, but this game is up there with the best of them.
Perhaps the biggest thing that sets Texas Poker for Prizes apart from the rest is that every month they do a drawing and give away real prizes. Just by playing online, you’re entered to win a TV, a trip to Las Vegas, or a bunch of extra chips. While the likelihood of winning is vanishingly small, it’s more incentive than most poker games offer, so we appreciate it.
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Aside from that, why else might you want to play Texas Poker for Prizes? For beginner poker players, the game has deep tutorials that walk you through everything you need to know to play the game. Then, to practice, you can play through the single-player Career mode, which pits you against AI opponents.
For seasoned poker players, there’s plenty here too. You can play online in cash games, sit-and-go tournaments, or shootout tournaments. You can even play up to four games at once. An icon in the corner of the screen lets you know when it’s your turn in any of your other games, and tapping it brings you there. This is a great addition, because waiting for your opponents to take their turns can put you to sleep. If you have multiple games going simultaneously, there’s much less down-time.
On an App Store practically overflowing with decent poker games (and some seriously excellent variations), do we really need another poker game? Probably not, but there’s nothing wrong with it either, especially considering you could win a real-life prize if you’re lucky.