Video Poker Review – Review Introduction
This is a review of Video Poker – a game for Kindle by Amazon Digital Services. It is available for free in the Amazon store and was initially released in February 2011 and is rated 3.5 stars on 40 reviews.
Available on the following Kindle versions as of 10/4/2011: Kindle Keyboard (formerly Kindle 3), Kindle DX, Kindle 2nd Generation.
Video Poker Review – Main Takeaways
This Kindle game is a simulation of the Vegas-style poker machine called Jacks or Better. You are dealt 5 cards, choose which to hold and then get a second deal.
It seems to me that the whole purpose of this game (similar to the Black Jack game) is to teach you how to have better odds of winning at the poker machines. The interface is hard to see and the game moves slow. I couldn’t figure out a way to ever bet more than 5 and wanted to take more chances. It was interesting to have the game point out which options were best and I got a kick out of trying to get optimal scores of 25 or higher (I selected the correct cards to keep that many times).
It took me a while the first time I started to game to figure out that the top row of the keyboard indicated which cards I wanted to hold: Q or W for card 1, E or R for card 2, etc. And then it took a while to not have to think about which key I wanted to press each time. I think it would have been simpler to use the 5-Way for card selection.
There are various options for the Strategy List and Advice that can be turned on or off. There are also extensive instructions – but they made my eyes glaze over, so I didn’t read them thoroughly.
Video Poker Review – Conclusion and Overall Rating
I would give my Video Poker game review 3.0 stars. It is free – so worth giving it a try. If you like Vegas type games, you will probably enjoy it more than I did.