Almost everyone loves to play some games. Whether we are thinking about the real-life ones where you can show off your skills and intellect or cool fictional entertainment brought to you by your favorite TV series like tri-dimensional chess from Star Trek. Now it’s time for you to prepare yourself for the most twisted (and fun) game of poker you’ve ever seen.
Sci-fi and fantasy fans are used to a great variety of options in the gaming department to choose from as well as a constant drive for improvement in the matter. I’m sure many of you remember the Big Bang Theory’s rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock — an exciting take on the immortal hand game? Any idea is good if it results in cranking things up a notch. That is what the new poker version is designed to achieve.
The new feature, courtesy of PokerStars, is called Power Up and it presents some notable tweaks to the classic game of Texas Hold’em. In addition to the standard pair of cards, players are also dealt special powers, allowing them to perform specific actions in order to gain some edge over their opponents. And though the general rules stay pretty much intact in terms of hand rankings, those power cards make it less predictable and harder to master.
Some of the moves you will be able to make with them include the ability to see the top deck’s card for the duration of the hand (Intel power), exposing one card from each opponent (X-ray power), removing a board card (Discard power) and changing one or a pair of hole cards for the new from the deck (Reload power). This adds significantly to the already high number of possible scenarios in a game, so even experienced players should be ready to expect almost anything. This futuristic poker also attracts with unprecedented graphics and an interesting backstory, and there is supposed to be more to show later.
The new Power Up version is currently in its beta testing stage and the Sit & Go tournaments are available for users via regular PC software. The stakes start from a one-dollar buy-in. Although professionals might not have a big opportunity to grow their bankroll fast and make the whole investment really profitable, recreational players should be able to appreciate the sheer fun of it. There will undoubtedly be many poker purists who will scrutinize the game to see if it indeed measures up to the original, we’re sure the PokerStars brand has already prepared for that, as the new solution sure brings a substantial amount of chaos to the table, which can be sometimes a little overwhelming yet at the same time enhance the excitement factor. In the end, you’ll need to play it for yourself.
The new Power Up variety has certainly made some waves in the poker industry already. But only time will tell how enthusiasts and amateurs embrace it. So far, it sure does seems like the geekiest version of poker there is. But what do you think?