The Full House Poker Xbox Game And How It All Originally Unfolded

Full House Poker was a Microsoft game which was released at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in January 2011.

Prior to release, this Live Arcade poker title for their Xbox was rumoured to not just be part of a current legacy but a spiritual successor to the multiplayer arcade titles styled around the Texas Hold'em Poker game.

Texas Hold'em Poker is a game that is officially recognized as having originated in Robstown, Texas. Having spread throughout Texas, it was first seen in Las Vegas in the late sixties, when 3 card playing Texan gamblers namely Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, and Crandell Addington introduced it and consequently popularized it. Now over forty years on it returned to Las Vegas, albeit in a different guise and now targeted to a whole different category of game players.

In this Xbox video Poker game of Full House Poker the avatar central to the game has a gambling problem, a gambling addiction to be more precise. Being the system's avatar, the player can choose how to play. He can play as a single player or invite other players into the game where everyone plays in accordance with set rules, or for the more adventurous they can plug in to tournaments with up to thirty competing players where they all go to war for the big pot.

One of the showpieces of the game is called 'Texas Heat'. The original intention for this mode by the developers, although perhaps seemingly a bit fanciful, was to create a huge thousand player event along the lines of the hugely popular World Series Of Poker Tournament (WSOP). It soon became evident spending 4-6 hours at one of these huge things without a break, was not such a good idea after all, perhaps something with a time frame of around half an hour would be better where the action would be more fast paced and furious, they mused.

Fast forwarding to the spring of 2013, the little wrinkles had been ironed out and changes made to produce just the type of fast paced game that would grip the imagination of the players. A game where a player couldn't ponder on his course of action for too long having to play in 30 minute pockets whilst deciding whether to bet, bluff or raise their way in an effort to reach the top table in what was now a new poker game show! Talk about a game changer!