Excerpt: Those familiar with the poker broadcasts on ESPN or the Travel Channel have all heard it before. With the way poker has exploded on to the mainstream scene over the past couple of years, many have bought into the aforementioned statement. While it appears the poker boom is finally starting to plateau, fortunately for gamers, the steady release of new poker titles is not.
Excerpt: Now that many real-money online poker sites are starting to close due to federal legislation, many gamers are deciding whether they're in it for the money, or for the thrill of poker itself. The most popular form of poker nowadays is Texas Hold 'Em, and video games and TV shows basedon it are everywhere.
Conclusion: The tricky thing about Texas Hold 'em on Xbox 360 is that it can take a completely disinterested newbie like yours truly and convert them into an information-hungry addict in the space of a few short hours. It's the kind of game that makes competitive types want to go out and compete in real life - there can be no higher praise. But this is more due to the strength of the game than the Xbox 360 iteration.
Excerpt: Poker has become incredibly popular in recent times. Once, a male’s pastime secluded to dimly lit, smoke filled rooms and back-alleys, there has been an explosion of social poker players that don’t necessarily play away their family’s life savings. Looking to jump on the bandwagon of this phenomenon, Texas Hold ‘Em was released on the Xbox Live Arcade midway through 2006. Significantly, for the first 48 hours of its release, it was available for free to download.