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Zynga Poker

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Compelling poker app brings fun without risking cash.

Parents say

age 14+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The game, Texas Hold 'Em, is fairly well known and easy to grasp, but there's no tutorial for people who don't know the rules. 

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Consumerism

Players can buy additional in-game coins if they bust, but the game gives them the chance to earn some via in-game slot machines if they're patient. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Zynga Poker is a poker simulation app for iOS and Android devices. Players bet virtual money and become familiar with (and fans of) Texas Hold 'em. The game uses imaginary currency (though, like any other app, players can use real world cash to buy more in-game currency) and doesn't have any inappropriate content or the other things you'd find at a casino poker table. Gambling can be addictive, though, so parents will want to make sure to closely monitor their child's time on the app. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Adult Written byKingteranas February 22, 2019

Fun and free Poker game

Online multiplayer poker, using virtual chips. Chips are given out regularly. There are weekly league rewards which give in game prizes, the better you do the b... Continue reading

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What's it about?

In ZYNGA POKER, the game is Texas Hold 'Em. The rule are fairly simple: Have the best hand at the table, and bet before each new card is laid down. It sounds easy, but there's a lot of strategy involved. Players can try their luck at single game tables or join high-stakes, longer lasting tournaments. You play against live players, but any interaction is limited to canned comments such as "nice hand" and "Well played". Reach certain milestones, such as leveling up (by playing a certain number of hands) or winning enough high stakes games, and you'll get a bonus of extra cash. 

Is it any good?

Poker is a love it or hate it game -- often both, and this app perfectly encapsulates that feeling at the tables. Zynga Poker is a wonderful simulation of the game, in that you'll feel the rush of victory when the cards fall your way, but you'll grumble audibly when they don't. The stakes aren't quite as high, as the game is generous with its in-game cash up front and via its rewards program. So, with a little luck and smart wagering, you probably won't have to buy additional chips. Additionally, the games are friendly ones, with players congratulating each other when they win (or saying nothing) and without bullying or abusive behavior, which is a credit to the developer in a game this popular. 

If you or your child has even the hint of an addictive personality, though, this game will engage it. And since gambling addiction is a real issue, that's something to beware of. The game is so well made that it's easy to ignore other responsibilities, even though you're playing with "fake" money. Kids who grow to love this game might try the real thing in a casino when they're old enough to get in and not realize that the stakes there are much different. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about risk versus reward. How do you know when to hold 'em, fold 'em, walk away and when to run? 

  • Do you know or recognize the signs of gambling addiction? Can you tell why it's fine to have fun, but it's more important to know when to stop?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 4, 2019
  • Category: Casino Games
  • Size: 252.50 MB
  • Publisher: Zynga
  • Version: 21.66
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Requires Android 4.1 and up

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