Poker is a terrific game to play on mobile devices. It’s undemanding to play, easy to learn and there are quite a few ways to implement it from a design standpoint. Texas Hold’em King has been around for a while now, in fact, some folks have even been playing the game since they owned an older Blackberry device. The good news is that if you already have an existing account, you transfer funds over the new Blackberry 10 version. Better yet, your friends that are still playing on a Blackberry 7 device can still play poker with you online.
Texas Hold’em King is pretty straightforward. You play poker with other players online, just as if you were sitting around a table in a casino, or at home.
When you first load up the app, you have an option to choose your player character or avatar. You don’t actually use it for anything, so it doesn’t matter which avatar you want, it’s just used as a character portrait during a game. You’re free to change your avatar at any time too, directly from the game’s main menu.
When you choose ‘play now,’ you’ll be randomly added to an existing online game. Before jumping in to play you’ll have to pay the buy-in for that particular table. Don’t worry though, if you don’t feel like paying the buy-in you can always decline.
From there on out it is classic poker, right on your Blackberry 10. Try to keep in mind that you’re playing against real people and you should do just fine. I have noticed that a lot of folks like to take sizeable risks in the game, I’m sure more so because they’re not gambling with real money.
That being said, you can leave a game at any time. All you have to do is hit the menu button in the top left corner of the screen, and you’ll be taken right back to the main menu. Unfortunately, you can only play one game at a time. This is quite different from when you’re playing on a desktop because in that case, you can participate in several at a time.
The music is pretty cheesy, but luckily it can be turned off at the main menu.
Also, worth mentioning is that the developers advertise cash games are coming soon- yes that means real world money. Every time you load up the game you’re prompted to download several of the developers other titles, like Blackjack King. It can become quite a headache if you have no desire to play the other games, but that’s something we’ll all have to get used to. Advertisements on mobile devices are here to stay especially in free to play games.
If you run out of chips, you can always get more with real world money of course. There are 10,000 chips for $0.99 all the way up to 9 million chips for $99.99. Personally, I’ll stick to spending no money and earning my chips by playing games. At least the option is there for those of you who are interested in topping up.
Texas Hold’em Kings is available now in Blackberry World for free. Hit up the widget below for the link.