The state of poker games on the PS3 is a dire one, indeed; during the days of the PS2, when the poker boom was at its peak, 10 different “poker” games were released for the PS2, including World Series of Poker games and a separate entry from Kid Poker himself, Daniel Negreanu’s Stacked, a free money game where you play with a texas holdem bankroll. Since the PS3 came out in ‘07, however, very few poker games have came out for the system. Many players complaints about the clunky interfaces, terrible AI, and the improvements on many online site’s free money games made the prospect of making more poker games for consoles a losing proposition.
The few that made it aren’t new entries, however; WSOP 2008 and High Stakes on the Vegas Strip are the only two with a listing under gamefaqs.com. Neither entry seems to have done much to help the case for console poker games; the online options are limited, the clunky AI is still too easy to combat, and the interface is still notoriously slow. So what does this mean for the future of console poker games? Back in 2006, it looked like they were about to flood the market. Now? It looks like there’s a very small chance we’ll ever see WSOP 2010: November Nine in stores. Not until the PS3 network can get a more organized medium for their software; could a FullTilt or PokerStars themed play money game on the PS Network be far away? And will they ever introduce real money games, or offer fulltilt rakeback? Only time will tell.