Texas Hold’em is an iPhone and Android Games App, made by Apple. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Apple, with the latest current version being 2.1 which was officially released on 2019-10-09. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 44586 Reviews on the Apple App Store alone, with an average user rating of 4.7 out of a possible 5 stars.
Texas Hold’em lets you play like a pro against 24 realistic opponents—or with your friends over Wi-Fi. Use all of the hints, tips, tells, and your mastery to gain access to more challenging locations with higher stakes and even bigger rewards!
- Opponents bet, bluff, and have secret tells
- Winning advances you to the next location
- Includes 10 distinctive locations—including Las Vegas, Paris, and Macau
- Bring up in-game hints, tips, statistics, and player ratings
- Texas Hold’em is entirely free-to-play, works online or off
- Play against up to 8 friends with Wi-Fi multiplayer
- Rotate between immersive first-person and top-down gameplay
- Re-designed, re-rendered, and re-built to use high-resolution graphics that look stunning
- On iPad, use Split View or Slide Over to play Texas Hold’em while using other apps.
- Designed for iOS 12 and later
The draws, though...👎
It’s a good, fun app when you hold the phone horizontally and play quickly. Having said that, there is usually one bot who gets nothing but good hands, even if they start with garbage, like 7-2 offsuit. Sometimes this is “Connie,” but more often “Chris,” who has drawn a full house on me to beat an ace-high flush and quads to beat a full house. In fact, he has drawn quite a few quads, usually at those moments you really need your straight or flush to hold up. The bots are also obscenely aggressive preflop and often see trash hands to the end and often draw out on them. They go all-in all the time, which is super annoying. They don’t give a fig for pot odds, either. So while I really like the music, speed and atmosphere, the card-dealing RNG is questionable and the bots’ betting behavior is outrageous. I also really dislike the inevitable “really lucky bot” who gets nothing but boats, straights and sets. EDIT: Played again today after a few months. The bots got quads four times in less than 10 minutes of play. What universe does that happen in?!
Glad you’re back
I loaded this on to my iPod Touch years ago and absolutely loved this game. Great graphics, good card action and betting. Then the Touch gave way to other brands of phones until finally I bought the iPhone 7. I hunted through the offline poker section of the App Store. Only found a handful of apps. I didn’t want to sign in to the world poker tour app and have to buy chips. Then one day I found this version. Christmas arrived early this year. Thanks for bringing this back. It’s a straightforward yet engaging way to play.
I love this poker app. You start from nothing and you build your way up until you get to the 100,000 buy in. Costs you nothing to play and you have lots of fun while you’re at it. The trick to win is you fold 90% of the time until you get to the final table and your goal is to get at least third place so you fold and fold and fold until you have a solid hand and then wait till you get third place and try to get first after that. I have over 8 million chips doing it this way.
I used to looooove this app game. I’m not sure if I misunderstood by them saying ..we’re back”, that being the reason why I could not find this game for years and thinking I was a perfect idiot. Hey not that this disproves that but we can feel a little better now. Anywho, very thankful to the developers, the world in hardship as it is, and this game being one of, even if minuscule, life’s little-to-no-effort pleasures of owning an apple product. Gee I mean after my idk how many now products purchased from them, I hope I’ve earned it ;)
Just my speed as a single player
I just learnt how to play poker and I love this app for the graphics and the different rooms you can play in. Of course you get to play in the higher stakes room after you’ve earned the right to. That means earning the right amount of money from placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd in lower rooms. Love that you can also play in portrait or landscape mode. And if you get tired of the character animations you just have to tap the screen to advance pass them. Did I say I love this app?
Overall a great app
Overall this is a fun poker app, especially since it is free and ad-free. A couple things I'd like to see would be some "quick bet" buttons with various dollar amounts or 1/2 pot bet options so I don't always have to "dial in" my bet. Secondly would be an option to always skip the "acting" in portrait mode. Sometimes it's just easier to hold the phone that way but I dislike the cutaways most of the time. Really enjoy the app!
Same ol poker
Every poker game I download seems like the computer knows the cards before they flip. At first I thought I was being paranoid. But then I paid close attention. The first 3 cards were 2,4,7 and the computer went all in. And I was puzzled because it wasn’t a flush and I had a pair of kings. Then the flop and river flipped and it was a 3 and a 6. The computer had a 5 and a jack. The next time the cards were 3♠️ , k♦️, 9♠️and I had a pair of queens. The computer went all in for a total of $3,000+. The flop and river were a 2♠️ and k♠️ computer ends with a flush having a 5♠️ and a 7❤️. When I first got to the cruise ship the first 5 hands were last card flushes whenever I had the winning pair going into the flop. It’s an entertaining game, but when you start going to different levels your cards are horrible. The skill of the computer doesn’t grow. They just give them high cards constantly. Or will bait you in knowing the other players know what’s coming next. The logic should be to keep the cards random and have the computer learn how to manage their cards better as you go on. It’s not a complete deal breaker as i stated before, all poker games do this. Even some spades games also. Aside from this - the game is solid. you can tell the developers wanted to produce a great game. Once/if this gets fixed I will return and upgrade to 5 stars.
It’s a bit like a cheesey movie...
You know, the kind of movie where the gang of crooks have set up a scam game, and know what the mark (that’s you) has, what cards they will be dealt. I have had players go all in right off, have a seemingly unbeatable hand, and get wiped out because one of the bots has a higher hand that they should not have known was coming. They make bets that are a little too perfect. Apple needs to make the deals truly random. You win what seems to be a fixed percentage, and can tell when it is your turn to advance. If you play the Garage, you can accumulate quite a bit of money to pay entry fees, but you risk losing a large amount. And the bots are all rather nasty characters. They are arrogant, smug, even vulgar. If you are playing in portrait, they can be quite annoying. At least in landscape you are spared that. Please Apple, make it a realistic game. It is too predictable.
Good game horrible algorithm
I really enjoy the game but the algorithm is horrible. Very little reality in the game almost to the point you can anticipate what is going to happen. Example: player will move all for 50k only leaving 3k behind...when this happens push all in and the bot will fold. Another example: The bots will also call an all in with no draw and no pairs only to runner runner 2 pair. Once again, it’s a good game but would be better if more realistic algorithm was applied. If you can’t win at this game you have no reason playing poker at all. You can anticipate the moves of the bots. Went from 0 to 110 million +. I’ll keep playing until I get to 1 billion. Maybe another level after Macau would be good!
Good game, but loses enjoyment with coding
Two major problems are: (1) persistently “rebalances the table” with no corresponding increase in original value of 1st, 2nd, 3rd place wins; (2) significant inconsistency in a multiple raise ‘traps’, based on the value of the online player ‘s hand (ie, game players repeatedly make baseless raises, until the online player is all-in, and then simply fold as if working as a team to beat the online player! (Later) I’m going to replace this game with another! I know it sounds stupid, but every time I get down to 2-3 opponents, the game injects an artificially meaningless “Rebalancing the table” and I’m back to 8 opponents. I feel like throwing my phone and frequently just dump my chips and start over. This feature really ruins an otherwise great game!!
The algorithms don’t reflect real-world odds
I’ve played this game for a while now. At first, I assumed a patch would be released to fix the main issue with the game. But it has not been. This is from someone who has played over a year and amassed $82mil in earnings in the game. I’ve also played it on other iOS devices just to be sure if the mechanics there. The algorithms that determine both a) the likelihood of any given hand on each flop/action, and b) the probable response based on said flops/actions is fundamentally wrong. The average winning hand needs to be way, way too strong. Four of a kind, full houses, straights, and flushes are way too common. I am not exaggerating that a three-of-a-kind will rarely be the winning hand. And some of the player actions are just crazy stupid/lucky. When I play other apps or in person, I have to mentally adjust how I play. I will fold nine out of 10 hands in this app that I would play on the real world. This visuals are fine, and while there certainly are glitches, those don’t cause any major issues.
Most unrealistic poker game
The cpu just raises to raise, there are times pre flop where there are like 10 bets (not an exaggeration), and the cpu seems to always know when you have good cards post flop, because they will almost always check when you check, or fold even if you raise 10 dollars in a 1000 dollar pot. There are rarely pre flops that dont have 5 or more bets, and half the time the cpu has nothing, this doesnt happen in real poker games. Also i have just messed around and would go all in first hand everytime, and the amount of times the cpu hits their cards is ridiculous, you could have a cpu absolutely dominated pre flop but since they are a cpu they hit their cards. Try making an actual shuffle system, and cpus who dont 6-bet with 3-10 off suit, it would actually be an enjoyable game if it was the slightest bit realistic
Opponents’ betting is super buggy in the re-release.
I have seen both of the following betting bugs several times in this re-release (when I didn’t in the original), the second one rather frequently: 1. Opponents who are still in the hand, even though their chip stack says $0 before the hand starts. They can win the pot if they get the right cards. 2. Opponents who “raise” with a call. This one happens frequently! It’s so frustrating. Player to my left raises for $8,000. Okay. Player to his left calls for $8,000. Okay. Next player “raises” to $8,000 – not another $8k, the same $8k! That’s a bug. If I simply call, the original raiser will often raise again, when that’s not legal and blows my entire strategy of playing within my range.
Betting by Bots unrealistic.
I’ve been using this App for a while because it’s the one of the few multi player with good graphics. That said the algorithm is not very realistic. Very high bets on small pots with highly improbable starting winning hands. Big and small blinds consistently have foldable hands against, again, improbable betting with small pots. And finally consistent bad beats, again, with improbable starting hands. The game is easily beaten by bypassing 90% of early bets and after half the Bots have been eliminated. A middle or higher pair or an Ace with a face card is a minimum after half of the Bots are eliminated. Risker bets are better played when only 3 players are left to play guaranteeing at least a third place finish. Updated - not even close to probable betting based on hand to pot probability. This app isn’t even worth the one star because of an unrealistic betting algorithm. Very high bets on small pots with highly improbable starting winning hands. Big and small blinds consistently have foldable hands against, again, improbable betting with small pots. And finally consistent bad beats, again, with improbable starting hands.
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