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on September 12, 2012
Mostly, I bought this wanting to play a variety of poker games. This gives you a variety, at several levels of betting, as well as other casino games (keno, roulette, craps) and video poker/blackjack.
But the AI and the game options are poorly designed. Here's how a typical poker game goes: you're dealt junk, so you fold. The characters then bet and raise each other the minimum, back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and (well, you get the idea). Finally, FINALLY, that ends. Another card is dealt. And the endless raises start again. If a computer character has a royal flush, it doesn't know to bet more than the minimum. It knows to raise back and forth (and back and forth and etc), but no more than that. So if you play poker correctly, and fold your crappy hands, you sit and wait. And wait. And watch poker played worse than your six year old niece can play. No, there is no "finish game" option to just get to the result and move on to the next hand. So the amount of time you'll be playing hands is maybe 15% of the game time.
That's just not fun.
If you get it anyway, you will probably want to turn up the speed and turn off the speech within moments of starting the game, trying to speed it up a little bit. The characters have only slight betting habits--there are other games out there that give a better range of conservative players, bluffers, etc. The only time the computer characters get half smart is in the final round of tournaments, but if you buy it for poker and have no patience for waiting 85% of the time, stick with the video poker.