Texas Hold’em King 2 Reviewed

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Texas Hold\'em King 2
It seems like No Limit Texas Hold’em is everywhere these days. Now you can be just like the pros on T.V. with Magmic’s sequel to their popular Hold’em game for BlackBerry. The game is simple: each player is given two pocket cards, and then using them in combination with five community cards, must make the best possible five card hand. THK2 spices up the action, by adding network play so you can go all in against players all over the world. Read our review below.


Installation

This game is huge, weighing in at around 225kb. This must be due to the crisp graphics and quality poker AI. There is also a free 3-day trial available that you can download by pointing your Blackberry device to http://bb.magmic.com

Gameplay

Like we’ve said before, the graphics in this game are sweet. Everything is crisp and well defined, with vibrant colours. The overall graphical feel to the game also perfectly suits the Las Vegas poker aesthetic. This game obviously looks best on the new 7100 BlackBerries, but is more than playable on older models. Unfortunately, there is no sound to the game, but that’s not so bad as it’s not really necessary and only drains battery life, anyways.

The poker AI in this game is pretty tough, greatly improved over THK1. Entering into the three day World Series feels like the endurance match that it should be. Each poker player plays one of a few different types of styles (aggressive, passive, bluffer), so you won’t be able to play the same way against everyone. While the poker AI has a tendency of going all-in with slightly marginal hands, in general, playing against the AI feels like playing real people.

  • Steve

    In playing this game in World Series Mode it readily becomes evident that the game is not winnable. The reason for this is each of the 5000 players at the beginning of the tournament start with 1500 chips. That’s 7.5 million chips total. When I was playing I got down under 300 remaining players on day 4. I had over 8 million chips myself and had several other players at my table with over 1 million chips each. That doesn’t include the other 290 + players still in the tournament. While I enjoy the game if it isn’t realistic then whats the use?

  • Steve

    In playing this game in World Series Mode it readily becomes evident that the game is not winnable. The reason for this is each of the 5000 players at the beginning of the tournament start with 1500 chips. That’s 7.5 million chips total. When I was playing I got down under 300 remaining players on day 4. I had over 8 million chips myself and had several other players at my table with over 1 million chips each. That doesn’t include the other 290 + players still in the tournament. While I enjoy the game if it isn’t realistic then whats the use?

  • joicey

    Because the house takes a rake of each pot as in normal oker dumb ass.

  • joicey

    Because the house takes a rake of each pot as in normal oker dumb ass.

  • Ross

    Steve,

    You are obviously not paying the game well. I had a crack at World series yesterday and won $5.0mil(ist place). I would say its a bit easy.

    Ross

  • Ross

    Steve,

    You are obviously not paying the game well. I had a crack at World series yesterday and won $5.0mil(ist place). I would say its a bit easy.

    Ross

  • Doug

    Joicey,

    Forgive me but you are the dumb ass. He said he had more chips than were issued in total to all players combined at the beginning of tournament. If there are only 7.5 million in play how can he have 8 million him self?

    Rake would make it less, dumb ass. lol

  • Doug

    Joicey,

    Forgive me but you are the dumb ass. He said he had more chips than were issued in total to all players combined at the beginning of tournament. If there are only 7.5 million in play how can he have 8 million him self?

    Rake would make it less, dumb ass. lol

  • ade

    being a dumb ass myself, how can i raise my bet to a high sum without wearing my fingers out on this ball

  • ade

    being a dumb ass myself, how can i raise my bet to a high sum without wearing my fingers out on this ball

  • nklaes

    I heard if u hit the (K) repetedly it will raise. Idk have not figure out how to even get the game. But that is what I read at another posting for this game. I hope that works. Good luck

  • nklaes

    I heard if u hit the (K) repetedly it will raise. Idk have not figure out how to even get the game. But that is what I read at another posting for this game. I hope that works. Good luck

  • Raising_Iron

    im not going to get charged on my bill for the money that i play with?? excuse the stupid question, I just recieved my BB and just want to make sure

  • Cedric

    I won it yesterday !! exhausting but it’s really cool :)
    Ced from Paris, France

  • Gyrop

    This games sucks. LIVE play takes up to 5 minutes for some people to play a card. BORING!!!!!

    Quote from above review: “While the poker AI has a tendency of going all-in with slightly marginal hands, in general, playing against the AI feels like playing real people.”

    I have been playing texas holdem for years and this game does not even remotely feel like playing real people. And yes, the AI loves to go all in with very marginal hands way too often.

  • Uscanam

    did you get an answer? I am thinking same thing!

  • Guito_d

    hi Raising Iron; we’re you charged on your bill for this game; I have the same question; I did not agree to a contract so thinking this is just play money but want to double check. thanks

  • Yallaraviteja

    how to play i am not understanding

  • Nawa 111

    thank

  • Sjttaiwan

    I am in the middle of a game with 4 aces and it froze. When I exit, I can’t get back into the game. Anyone know how to reenter the game without losing my place?

  • Ralex49

    Is ther a way to bet a value without just scrolling the touch screen?

  • Ralex49

    Is ther a way to bet a value without just scrolling the touch screen?

  • Poker King II sucks

    This game totally sucks. Never seen such flukey hands. The AI seems to know what cards you have.