Full House Poker hands-on

Simple and sweet is the name of the game with Full House Poker - more so in the presentation than the actual gameplay. For example, your Xbox Live avatar will be automatically uploaded into the game, giving you an instant connection to the events going on at your table. Single player modes are available, but since this is an XBLA title, playing against real human opponents is the best way to play this hand.

Head-to-head duels and thirty player tournaments will be included, so if you want to try to be the best Hold’em player, you’ll certainly have the opportunity to test your mettle against equally challenging foes. Experience is gained through simple online play, but it’s also garnered by performing appropriate actions with your character. Fold a poor hand or get away with an excellent bluff and you’ll see yourself gaining extra points to level up your avatar.

Although overall game rankings and leaderboards haven’t yet been thoroughly explained, they will exist to some extent. That said, the developers of the title have gone into detail on their fairly robust addition to standard Texas Hold’em tournament play, which they’ve dubbed Texas Heat. This mode will enable players to cruise quickly through a tournament setting, going from an “easy” table to a “hard” table, designated by diamonds on their center, as they move up in chip counts or bust out.

Unlike their Facebook and stand-alone site counterparts, Full House Poker will not only offer players a connection with their precreated avatar, but it also gives them different options in terms of what kind of poker style they want to play. Full House Poker was the gem that Microsoft’s CES event was centered on, and it certainly deserved its place there from what we saw.

Jan 26, 2011


  • freddo3d - March 16, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    This game looks awesome ... I have not felt this excite since 1 v 100 which is obviously no longer around. I read this awesome review at; I know as soon as I have the bucks for the 80 MS points it will be mine ... all mine!!!!
  • ender42y - January 31, 2011 1:22 a.m.

    I just have two questions when is the release date and are they going to include any real prizes like with 1 vs 100?
  • Lastdirewolf - January 30, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    For an avid gamer, and someone that has never played or seen Poker played - This game was overall quite terrible. They offer tutorials, tutorials did not help much at all, and were completely in TEXT. Seeing a picture of pairs, rather than literally and fully spelled out, like: "One of the highest winning hands would be a full house", with no image of a full house. You had to go to a completely separate menu to find the winning hands. The menu's were pretty bad too >_> I simply did not enjoy this game much at all, playing/learning poker on the fly with other people was moderately fun (in the end kinda disappointing), but this game's maze of menu's and such just don't add any zest.
  • erreip199 - January 27, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    Poker is getting way too popular... i might as well learn how to play it even though im not too interested in gambling... HAH imagine u could gamble ur Gamerscore points? that would be a nice feature to add

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