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Although the Texas Hold’em furore of the mid-2000s might have subsided somewhat, the game is still very much alive and well. Admittedly, the app market is awash with serious incarnations of poker that do little to garner appeal among game-hungry players. However, there are free-to-play versions that prioritise having fun and being just a little bit silly. Fresh Deck Poker gives you precisely that experience, but also connects you with your friends via Facebook, Android, and iOS.
First launched in October 2012, Fresh Deck Poker has been updated frequently over the past couple of years. Here, the current version reviewed features an update performed as of June 21, 2014. Considering the game is available over Facebook as well as Android and iOS mobile devices, it is hardly surprising that 40+ updates have been required to ensure compatibility across multiple ever-changing platforms.
Nevertheless, it is reassuring to encounter an app developer like Idle Games that is willing to respond to the evolving needs of software and users. Idle Games even went so far as to describe Fresh Deck Poker as being the only cross-platform poker game, in that you can switch from your smartphone to play on either Facebook or your tablet, which is pretty revolutionary in the genre. I just wish they could perhaps get involved in video poker games so we have something to look forward to.
The format of the app will have you playing sit-and-go tournaments, due to their fast-paced nature and naturally high speed. These tournaments will launch as soon as all of the seats have been filled at the table. You will be playing no limit Texas hold’em, so be careful to make your chips last for the duration. No real money will be staked in the app, as it is completely free to play. However, you can give real sass and brag about your winnings in the chat section; prepare to make friends…or enemies!
An Authentic Experience
What impresses about Fresh Deck Poker is how highly authentic the gaming experience is. Outside of the cartoon avatars that populate the game, Fresh Deck is authentic due to the use of a random number generator that has been certified by a genuine casino authority. Other free poker apps will not be able to give such an assurance, nor such sassy backchat between characters, such as what is displayed in the video above.
Flush with Features
To summarise, Fresh Deck is a particularly engaging experience, amid the slew of standard, dated poker apps. On the surface, the game draws you straight in by giving you the ability to choose a crazy cartoon avatar to represent your character. And there are no limits to the craziness, with sharks, dogs, and sorcerers all available for selection. Along with the avatars, the game features leaderboards, buddy lists, challenges, and special gaming variations like Royal Hold’em. The extra effort that has clearly been spent on these updates is much appreciated and represented in the plethora of players that can be found online, crowding around the card tables at any hour of the day.