While there are a few poker titles available I would say the most popular is Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition which was the first title of its kind for the PlayStation 3, there are no real high quality titles which feature the whole casino atmosphere. There is probably a decent audience out there who would enjoy a game where you could walk around a real lifelike casino, buy drinks, play slots, sit down at a poker table, etc. and all of this without the risk of losing any real money and from the comfort of your own home. I think the video game company executives should really look into this genre for it may be a goldmine sitting on their lap.
In the mean time let’s give a brief description of High Stakes on the Vegas strip: Poker Edition to our readers. This $9.99 download on the PlayStation Network store is a simple, stripped-down offering that lets gamers play a few different variations of holdem-style poker, both offline and on. It carries 3D visuals, a bit of character customization, and a couple of online bells and whistles, but that definitely isn’t the best part of this game. What makes this game a good title is the simple, easy-to-use interface and the solid poker artificial intelligence.
High Stakes offers five variations of poker, but they're all hold 'em variations: Billabong, Shanghai, Tahoe, super hold 'em, and, of course, Texas hold 'em. The lack Omaha, Stud and other games is a down side of course but we have to deal with what’s at hand for now until someone fully commits to making a very complete casino game. The game has a solid interface that maps betting, calling, folding, and pushing all-in to the four face buttons. You can also fast-forward through any of the CPU action by holding down the R2 button.
The AI is pretty impressive for such a game. The calling, betting and raising is all done in very sensible demeanor by the computer. High Stakes' is a decent game at best, though for a $9.99 game, it's not awful, either. The big downside is that there is no music feature whatsoever and that is kind of a bummer.
Still, you can't really ask a $10 game to offer all of the features present in a standard console poker game that often costs four or five times that. In most ways, High Stakes manages to come close to matching the quality of those more-expensive games. With solid AI and a decent online community to play against, High Stakes on the Vegas Strip is a worthwhile download for PS3-owning poker fans. But as said before aside from fully developed poker games there are no real all about casino titles and I think that is something to ponder about for the gaming industry.