Unlike Blackjack or Solitaire, poker has become more than just a card game these days. Combining strategy, luck and even some acting (hence the term, “Poker Face,” brought again to popularity thanks to Lady Gage), Poker is a card game that has blown up into a professional sport.
The World Poker Tour is broadcasted on television and has turned ordinary poker players into celebrities like Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu. But if you’re still new to poker like me, you don’t have to lose hope. Developed by OSH Mobile, Poker Guide is the ultimate educational poker app for players of all levels.
Concept and Functionality:
Even if you think you’re almost a professional at poker, because there are so many elements to the card game and so many things to memorize, it doesn’t hurt to refresh your memory every once in a while with the rules. There are six sections in the app: Hands, Tips, Terms, SHC (Starting Hand Chart), Rules and Timer.
The “Hands” section explains all of the different hands you can play in order to win at poker. If you want to learn more about a specific hand, all you have to do is click on one of the mentioned hands and a pop up with come up explaining what comprises a “straight flush” or “full house” and the winning rank they’re in.
For those who don’t know the jargon used in poker, there’s a helpful list of terms in the app and a basic list of suggestions on what to do when you’re dealt with a certain hand. If you’re looking to play a different type of poker, such as Texas Hold’em, Five Card Draw, or Omaha, you can learn the rules right from the app.
Poker Guide is a very straightforward app. If you know what you want to learn, the app can cater to it. In case you’re looking to be more formal about poker, the app comes with a blind timer that will help keep track of bets and playing time. Depending on how good (or bad) at the game you are, you can look at tips for beginners, advanced players or pros.
Since Poker Guide is a free app though, there has to be some way for them to make money. Though tips for beginners are free, you’ll have to pay (maybe by playing extra rounds of poker?) to unlock the tips for the more advanced players, as well as for more features on the timer and a full version of the SHC.
Just by simply browsing the app, I learned a lot about poker. It’s a no-frills app that gets down to the basics and shares the most important aspects of the game. No crazy graphics or anything like that either — the interface is simple and clean, and makes it so that learning the tricks of the trade as easy as possible.
So if you’re looking to pick up poker soon, look no further than this app, the Poker Guide.
Poker Guide requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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