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Tom Pinone
Gambling: Games
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Ross Holman, Roger Willis, Rick Robson
Chris Bourne

Roger: This is a fairly reasonable training aid for a misspent youth or life of idleness passed away with a pack of cards. Without explaining the rules and subtle techniques involved in poker, it can be said that the Spectrum version is a good simulation with opponents' comments, threats and discernable tactics coming across pretty much like the real thing.

If you want to learn the game or enjoy playing it without actually getting taken to the financial cleaners, then this program is worth running, with some reservations. The on-screen comments and wise-cracks get swiftly repetitive even if the hands you're dealt don't. But the most annoying feature when you really get stuck into the game is its unnecessary slowness in dealing cards.

That apart, bluffing outrageously, which is the very essence of smart poker, works very well and theoretical winnings can be raked in with growing satisfaction. Unfortunately though it's impossible to cheat... 4/5 MISS

Rick: If you're a red-hot poker player and you've won a wardrobe full of other people's shirts and no-one will play you, this could be good practice. 3/5 MISS

Ross: A card game. I took one step back. It plays The Entertainer as its theme tune. Two steps. Poker. I'm off. Reminds me of the very first games on the Speccy. I'm off them too! 2/5 MISS