World Series of Poker: Hold 'Em

Common Sense Media says

Well-made poker app simulates high-stakes gambling.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Beating the AI on this game isn't easy, and if you're not familiar with the rules of Texas Hold 'Em poker, you'll have to learn along the way. The control scheme for the game, though, is very well designed and makes the mechanics of handling the game very simple for newcomers.

Violence
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Language

Opponents (computer-controlled ones, not real people) will sometimes insult your playing in live-action cut scenes.

Consumerism

The World Series of Poker is a real, licensed competition. Also the names and images of several real Las Vegas casinos are used in the game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are a few references to drinking alcohol such as when your opponents comment, "I drink to your coming failures."

Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The World Series of Poker: Hold 'Em allows players to compete is simulated poker tournaments with virtual money. The money they win or lose carries over from one play session to the next, so losing big will leave them with virtually nothing to play with the next time they log on. However, players will automatically get $50 added to their wallet for every day they play a game. The app simulates the lush, high-stakes world of Vegas casinos.

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QUALITY
 

WORLD SERIES OF POKER: HOLD 'EM is a smooth, polished app that poker lovers will adore. Its look and feel are very realistic -- although the live-action opponents (played by actors) in the career mode can sometimes be cheesily over-the-top. It's possible that a game like this could entice kids to check out "real" gambling sites, but the way you can lose all your virtual money -- and have nothing to bet with the next time you play -- could also teach some very important lessons.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$2.99
Release date:April 28, 2010
Category:Casino Games
Publisher:Glu Games Inc.
Version:1.5.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 2.2 or later

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