March 25, 2011

Full House Poker Raises the Stakes on Avatar Games

Well Full House Pok­er is in full swing after being released this week on Xbox Live. Now I was a big fan of 1 vs. 100, so I had high hopes for this and I believed it deliv­ered. Full House Pok­er is a sin­gle and mul­ti­play­er pok­er game that allows you to use your Xbox Live avatar at the tables. Now of course with sin­gle play­er you play the CPU and build up a bank roll play­ing either stan­dard games or tour­na­ments. Along the way you earn XP and rewards such as out­fits, pok­er room chairs, play­ing cards, and oth­er pok­er items. When you make a cus­tom game you can select from the dif­fer­ent unlocks to make your very own pok­er room.

Now Full House Pok­er real­ly shines in mul­ti­play­er. You can choose to play at a sin­gle table for a while or join a toura­ment with up to 29 oth­er play­ers. Tour­na­ments have buy-ins and pay outs that go into (or in some cas­es out of) your bank roll. Each table con­sists of 10 seats, so you can get a lot of friends to play at once. With dif­fer­ent game types and plen­ty of room cus­tomiza­tion you always see some­thing new.

 One fun fea­ture seen a lot online is the chip tricks and timid or aggres­sive play. While sit­ting at the table your avatar can per­form chip tricks that you unlock along the way. Wether its flip­ing a chip on your fin­gers or spin­ning a chip on one fin­ger, it adds a lit­tle fun to the game. Also while play­ing you can choose to call, fold, or raise timid­ly as well as aggres­siv­ly. Again its just anoth­er fun wrin­kle in the game­play.

 Anoth­er cool thing about this game is Full House Pok­er is one of a few games playable from the Win­dows phone. You can log on your Xbox account and start play­ing just like from home.
I enjoy play­ing games from the Xbox Live Arcade and I love pok­er so this was a win, win for me. There is plen­ty they can build from this and I think Full House Pok­er has a bright future ahead. So I will see you at the tables, I will be the guy in the ghost­buster out­fit tak­ing all your mon­ey.


  1. ScrotusKilmystr - March 25, 2011 7:56 am

    So… my ques­tion is…is REAL mon­ey ever involved or micr­soft points? Is there chances to win things like 1 vs. 100?

  2. CharcoalCoyote - March 25, 2011 8:40 am

    And anoth­er ques­sion. Are you lim­it­ed to one game type (most like­ly Texas Hold ‘Em)? Or can you play dif­fer­ent games? I love some Sev­en Card Stud.

  3. zero_19 - March 25, 2011 8:59 am

    If only my xbox did­n’t RRoD.

  4. AceOfNades69 - March 25, 2011 7:46 pm

    @Scrotus — Its all play mon­ey and points are not involved. They do have live tour­na­ments sched­uled on week­ends usu­al­ly but I havent got­ten to play in one yet so Im not sure how they work.
    @Charcoal — It is only Hol­dem right now, but you can play high hand wins or high/low slit. You can also choose from No lim­it, lim­it, and pot lim­it.

  5. MacAttack42o - March 25, 2011 11:45 pm

    I also enjoy pok­er, but when all your play­ing for is vir­tu­al mon­ey it makes it hard to find any­one on live that will play seri­ous­ly. I would like to see a pok­er game with some kind of real stakes on the line. Be it for cash, prizes, or like scro­tus said, for Microsoft points.


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