Parents' Guide to

Pure Hold'em

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Realistic poker simulator brings casino feel to your home.

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For those who don't live somewhere gambling is legal or would rather not lose their kids' college funds to a straight flush, this poker simulation is a fine placebo. Not only do the photo-realistic graphics make you feel like you're sitting at a casino's poker table, but it follows the real rules of Texas Hold'em, right down to how much you need to bet and at what points. You can play against other people online or set up a private game with your friends.

That said, Pure Hold'em's realism and attention to detail make it feel like a serious game. Which means that if you're not a serious player, you should probably take your action somewhere else (there are plenty of other poker games available that let you play with a range of crazy characters). Also, if you play offline, your virtual opponents aren't the brightest bunch, so don't expect much of a challenge. All that aside, if you're looking for a strong game of poker, Pure Hold'em should deal mature players a fun hand time after time.

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