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What Happened to Poker Video Games?
Posted on October 13, 2010 by Oscar Gonzalez

Summertime is over, and as always, it was full gaming events. Evo, E3, SGC, Quakecon and our own Alamo City Gaming Championship (cheap plug, I know). There’s another "gaming" event that happens in the summer too that’s fairly popular: The World Series of Poker. Yes, some of you gamers are shaking your head right now about me mentioning poker in a video game blog, but it’s a game like what you play on TV. Hell, online poker is just an MMO using real money instead of experience points.

Being a former big time poker player, and by big time I mean that $50 was the max I ever deposited in a poker website, I realized when checking out some of this years WSOP events that the booker boom has come and gone effecting the game of poker, but also, poker video games. See online poker took a big hit a few years back due to some changes made in Congress. Apparently, online poker was a thread against national security or at least that was the kind of bill it was added to in some legislature shenanigans. Despite that, online poker continued on, but far from being that huge "Moneymaker" (pun intended) that it used to be during the boom. Once the law is repealed, some day, expect online poker to comeback in full force.

While online poker survived, poker video games did not share that fate. For a time, it seemed that poker video games were going to be as they were being released on almost a monthly basis for all consoles and portables. From the official World Series of Poker video game to a poker video game endorsed by poker pro Daniel Negreanu, these games were a hit.

Then gamers saw the emperor’s disturbing nude body: POKER GAMES SUCKED! Although the idea of playing for imaginary millions may have seem somewhat entertaining at one point, it ended up being a giant borefest. The blame really comes down to the fact that there’s no way to truly replicate human strategy. There’s optimum strategy that can be programmed, but that simply doesn’t match up to human spontaneity.

So if you need a poker fix, avoid the poker games and just go straight to online poker.

Or if you just need a game of chance, visit online casino UK.

Oscar Gonzalez - Editor-in-Chief og (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

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