Poker has a tradition that goes back centuries, being played on virtually every continent today. It is not known when or where the fun started, but over the years, new concepts and rules have accumulated. And when it spread around the world, new variations were created.
And there is not a small number of players in what is considered the most popular card game in the world. With that, it would not be a surprise that he would arrive at video games, and developers would start to invest in alternatives for this public interested in the subject.
The bet was to bring games that brought or at least tried to bring the feeling of being in a tournament and being multiplayer. And little by little, games have evolved with regard to artificial intelligence, including some fundamental elements in poker, such as bluffing ability computer-controlled opponents. This became the differential of more modern games.
We are bringing a list with some of these games, which also shows a little of the evolution of this modality:
Poker Face Paul
Developed by Spidersoft for Game Gear, this game launched in 1994 brings the simulation of several traditional card games like Solitaire (with Monte Carlo, Eleven and Calculation versions). It is also possible to play poker in two versions (facing the machine or playing alone) and in its most famous variant, blackjack. As expected, the game did not have very developed graphics, as well as the sound is also very weak.
Full House Poker
Full House Poker was developed by Xbox Game Studios (formerly known as Microsoft Games Studios) and Krome Studios for Xbox 360 and later Windows Phone 7. Considered one of the most fun games in the game, this game launched in 2005 features Texas Heat tournaments where you can play Texas Hold'em matches with up to 30 players. These can be virtual or human. And this is, in fact, its greatest attraction: being able to talk to other competitors directly from your home without any commitment.
World Poker Tour
Developed for PlayStation and Xbox and Microsoft Windows through Coresoft, the World Poker Tour has come to take advantage of the huge success of online poker tournaments. His intention was to bring to the player the feeling of being in the felt fighting for a hand. But despite offering the most common modalities such as Omaha, Omaha Hi-Low Split, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split, Seven Card Stud and Razz, the game and its sequels did not please everyone: This is because it ended up becoming more of a simulator. simple tournaments and also for having moves that became cool. But despite this, it is very pleasing to beginners.
Poker Night at the Inventory
Developed for Arcade, this game from Telltale Games was released in 2010. In it, the player can play matches with well-known celebrities and characters like Strong Bad (Homestar Runner), Max (Sam & Max), Tycho (Penny Arcade) and Heavy (Team Fortress). And the goal is only one: to get to the end after breaking each of the competitors. This game had a continuation released in 2013, but was discontinued in 2019.
Launched in 2015 by VooFoo Studios, Pure Hold'em is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. It is considered one of the best poker games for video games and can be played between 2 to 8 people. The graphics are very realistic, but there is one factor that ends up hurting: competitors appear as tablets, which takes away much of the feeling of playing at a table observing the opponents' squeamishness. Either way, you can play at 6 different tables and develop your skills.
The Four Kings Casino and Slots
The Four Kings Casino and Slots is a good option for those who like casino games in general, as it is possible to explore options such as slots, baccarat and roulette. But those players who prefer poker may be a little disappointed, as their graphics are not well developed, and there are no multiple players. However, it is possible to create 3D avatars and give them all features. This game was released in 2015 by Digital Leisure for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, macOS and Mac OS Classic.
And finally, Prominence Poker. This game was released in 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows by Pipeworks Studio. With the evolution of games, it was possible to bring a more real experience. Multiplayer, here the player can feel himself in the middle of a tournament where he disputes the prize with high level competitors. Another positive factor is being able to personalize your avatar, interact with other players through a forum and also play online matches.
Not many poker games have been released for video games. In fact, there is little variety if you think about the large number of games that exist. But these are some good options for those who cannot be at a face-to-face table or just want to have fun in the usual way at home.