The XBOX360 seems like the perfect avenue for poker console games, as well as online casino games. the XBL network and its massive player base, along with some of the best online design teams you can get for console gaming, would make it seem like the perfect storm of attributes needed to host a good free poker game, whether it be an online purchase or a disc based game.
Unfortunately, the choices for XBOX360 poker games are few and far between, and don’t offer much in the way of connectivity or variation. Texas Cheat’em is one of the more popular variations on XBL, but sadly, encourages players to utilize unrealistic cheating methods to win the game, which makes it worthless in showing players a true poker experience. Poker itself is represented by two older standbys; the WSOP 2006-2008 editions, and a no deposit poker bankroll game by Howard Lederer that was received very poorly by ratings sites online; www.gamefaqs.com gives it just a 4.6/10 across 5 review sites.
What’s the diagnosis for the future of poker games on the XBOX360? XBL is the second best thing to PC gaming, so the potential is there. It all depends on the abilities of third party developers to bring quality free money for poker games to the system. A smaller, but needy poker site, like Doyle’s Room or Cake, could possibly try to sponsor a console game with online modes that sync with PC play money players, and make a game that transports players into the sites themselves. Will we have another console poker renaissance? Only time will tell.