Texas Ask'Em Poker enters the world of Facebook poker games with a decent pair of hole cards, they have now amassed over 6,500 likes and their players have already sent over 150,000 game invites to their friends.
“One weekend in February, we quietly spent €400 on Facebook ads in order to have some real players, unknowingly, be the first to play Texas Ask'Em Poker,” says Neal O'Gorman Co-Founder of OteetO, “The response was really excellent, people played for hours and then later we got complaints from fans whenever the game went down for updates! We have made significant improvements to the game since then and will continue to but we are now delighted to be officially launching Texas Ask'Em Poker at the Berlin Social Gaming Summit.”
Texas Ask’Em Poker is addictive, fun and simple to play. Gamers are invited to sit at a table on a topic they know and enjoy e.g. Sports, Entertainment, General Knowledge, etc. Each hand begins with a multiple choice question, each player answers and then receives their cards and regular Texas Hold'Em Poker follows. So where’s the smart part?
The first trick is that all players are competing for the best of the randomly dealt starting hands. So, the person with the fastest correct answer will receive the best of the random starting hands. Naturally players with the correct answer will receive better ranked starting hands than the players that answer incorrectly.
The second, but key trick, is that players are not informed as to how either they or their opponents performed in the question round until the poker hand is complete. But, players be warned, even if you feel you answered fast and correct maybe someone else was faster but perhaps even more importantly, as it is still poker, having a good starting hand does not guarantee a winning hand anything can appear on the flop the turn and the river. Even the person that had the answer wrong can still win the poker hand – you still need to know when to fold'em.
On signing up to Texas Ask'Em Poker, each player receives 20,000 worth chips and can raise this by 3,000 by liking the app and another 2,000 to 5,000 chips every day they log in. The smallest number of chips a player can purchase is 675,000 chips for close to €2 euro with the maximum being 270 million chips for over €100. At the moment there is only 1 stakes table but as there are more players joining the game will offer higher stakes table. The stakes table currently has a minimum number of chips needed to play of 200 and the max you can join the table with is 4,000 chips with minimum bets at 20 chips.
Texas Ask'Em Poker is a lot more social than normal online poker games as people with two hobbies in common are seated at the same table, with good questions striking up table chat, and players being able to share the experience of an interesting or relevant question with their friends on Facebook. In addition, not only can you play against your friends in real time but you can also try to win more chips than them or beat their personal record of correct answers in a row.
Targeted at the existing Facebook poker players Texas Ask'Em is not for players that play for real money just the fantasy and adrenaline rush that you get from playing with in effect monopoly money in the online world. With over 40 million Facebook poker players playing each month, Texas Ask'Em Poker is appealing to the poker players that are looking for that extra challenge and additional entertainment value.
Poker players on Facebook are predominantly male (75% male and 25% female) but OteetO feels that Texas Ask'Em Poker can appeal to a wider audience changing the demographics to 70% male and 30% female. Currently, only available in English this will be expanded into other languages over the next six months.
1. As reported by Facebook on www.facebook.com/TexasAskem
2. As reported by http://www.appdata.com/apps/facebook/185831624816820-texas-ask-em-poker
3. As reported by http://www.appdata.com/apps/facebook/2389801228-texas-holdem-poker
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