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Texas Holdem Poker - a new CASHLESS free game for all
Yes, it had to happen. Texas Holdem Poker has been given the freeware treatment and is a great way of having fun! It's good training software for learning poker if you are new to it. But NO GAMBLING!
There is no cash involved. It's leisure poker you play just to learn with, nothing more.
I have played this game all morning with Cathy (also known to Hubbers as Astra Nomik), and we had a ball playing this! Imagine being able to play with your favourite Hubbers with this great game! And using the chat mode to slag the hell out of each other as we steal the pots from our opponents! Sign ups? Registrations? Last Wills and Testaments? Never mind all that crap! This is a great free cashless game and bypasses all that usually serious and scary nonsense. For a great introduction to cashless Poker it has to be experienced to be believed.
You set up the game after you load it up into your PC or MAC. The Game is called Poker TH 0.7.1 – The Open Source Texas Holdem Engine. It’s developed for the freeware market, and costs you nothing! This CASHLESS Texas Holdem Poker game can be played either by yourself against people or just “bots” that the game creates for you. You can have up to 10 players around that table. The dealer rotates through each player around the game table ensuring fairness. After you initially run it, take the time to go through the configuration, which lets you set up your avatar so people who see you on the main screen will see your chosen face or identity. Just like using Hub Pages! I actually used my Hub Avatar. I got Cathy to do likewise, with her Hub avatar! Be careful with the order of players, since you are the main player or usual “human player”, and not to put your picture on someone else by accident. We both then set up a CASHLESS network game which really does all the hard stuff itself. NONE OF ANY OF THE GAMES HERE INVOLVE ACTUAL MONEY.
Playing the game is very easy. You can use just four function keys F1 – F4, to either Fold, Call, Raise or go “All-in” if you feel brave enough. Beside the All – in option you see the amount in dollars, that you can set manually with numeric keys or by means of a slider which – the more you slide to the right, the higher the bet. Each “round” or turn can have the speed of it set faster or slower. I found speed 4 to be just nice for me. A more experienced player will opt for a faster speed. The online game has a timer that can be agreed on so a turn by a player must be completed by a certain time like 20 seconds or a minute, whatever you fancy. So games don’t suffer delays from players.
On the bottom left side of the screen, you will see the hands window (press ctrl + H) to disable or enable it). It indicates all the various kinds of “hands” that there are in poker that can win something, and the order in which they rank. You’ll be amazed how many times you refer to it. Over on the bottom right of the screen is another window showing information called Log, Away or Chance. The log displays a running written tape commentary of each action in the game as it unfolds. You can follow a whole game easily by just looking at this alone, it’s designed to be idiot-proof and I understood it easily. “Away” is one you have to be careful about, its tab gives you three options on either Manual Action (default), Auto-Check / Auto-Fold, and Auto-Check / Auto-Call-Any. Auto check means your player will always check on every hand and turn so you may not want that if you plan to have some bets when you are winning, so “Manual Action” is my preferred mode here. It’s a good way to slow things down a bit to have a think. The online game only gives you a set time to decide things. “Chance” show a list of your chances of picking up a pair, a flush, a full house, all in Percentages, which will change with each set of different hand you are dealt.
Again, its worth mentioning that this is software for learning poker, and is cashless poker.
You learn a lot from closely examining this screen. But don’t let it distract you. Check out all the controls before you go online against a player. We were playing some games with each other and it was fun, fun for a bunch of beginners who don't play for money but just learning or observing.
There are nice options in the game to allow you to change the color and style of the poker table you play on. You can also get very adventurous and create your own artistic Poker template for the background here and every game we or I went into had a personalised table. Many of these can be simply downloaded from the options in the game in the “configure” menu. Just go online and pick your funniest or most serious art. Have fun.
When ten players are playing, the game gets a bit slower due to the delays from the internet, but the way you can set the speed and pace of the game is useful for compensating for slow players. What impresses me is that it works. There are no glitches or problems I could see. This is a very good game, especially since no money or cash is involved so enjoy!
If you want a free and easy taster of cashless Poker game then this has to be it. The sounds for each action in the game can be enabled or disabled as you see fit.
Remember this about Poker. Don’t bet with money at all.
Gamblers love talking about their wins, but hate talking about their losses. There’s always the option of just playing with imaginary cash. And maybe we are wusses, but that's what we do. You don’t have to have any experience with playing poker to enjoy the game. You pick it up fast.
Have fun! And let me know what you think of this freeware cashless software review.
This software does not involve any money or cash, merely playing the poker game itself for fun and leisure.
Let me know if you have any tips on playing Texas Holdem Poker. Are you a fan? Do you watch or follow it on TV?