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Beat the House

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Beat the House is a poker simulator. Before each hand the player can select the amount of money to bet. Then the game begins by pressing DEAL. The computer provides the player with 5 random generated cards and the player has the possibility to hold or discard each of the cards. By pressing DEAL again the discarded card are replaced with other random generated cards. The player win the hand if one of the following combination is achieved:

ROYAL FLUSH pays 1000 x amount of bet
STRAIGHT FLUSH pays 200 x amount of bet
4 OF A KIND pays 80 x amount of bet
FULL HOUSE pays 20 x amount of bet
FLUSH pays 14 x amount of bet
STRAIGHT pays 10 x amount of bet
3 OF A KIND pays 6 x amount of bet
2 PAIR pays 4 x amount of bet
JACKS OR BETTER pays 1000 x amount of bet

After each hand the player can save the score and quit.
The game is over when the player loses all the money.

Click on the options and cards with the mouse.
+/- to increase/decrease the sound volume.
Key S to turn on/off the sound.

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The menu was good and then I heard what sounded like a weird Windows SAM which made me almost close this game. The card designs seem very random. That ad in the right hand corner while I'm playing is annoying. Needs some music. Also needs a voice actor, that Windows SAM sounding voice is annoying and sucks. I also feel when I double up I win every time no matter want. And the one time I did lose I didn't lose any money.

Game is broken.... On several occasions, I had a pair of Aces only to be met with "You Lose!" Also, given that there are millions of card games out there, you have nothing special. Graphics are lack luster. Very simple game.

Not too shabby and you have the all-important mute feature. There is a glitch of making a simple pair of Jacks or better AFTER the redeal: it's treated like it didn't happen.

This piece needs a lot of work, like learning a few basics of poker and how someone usually plays a poker simulation.

Aces high is a term which usually comes up in poker, since the aces are the best value cards that you can have. I managed a pair of "bullets" and the woman politely informs me "you lose". Naturally, I was a little peeved with this, as the term Jacks or better would indicate a pair of jacks, queens, kings or aces. Not a big deal, but it does get to you after a while of playing. How can the ace be low, if a royal flush, the best hand in the game, have an ace at the very top?

Holding / toggling cards was the other major bugbear - I was dealt a flush and wanted to keep all of my cards - most games assume that you want to keep the cards and if you click on one, it flips it over, indicating that you require a replacement. Albeit a little naively, I clicked deal and promptly lost the flush, to my dismay. These sorts of issues are the sort of thing that gets people clicking away from your game, as opposed to on it.

The artwork of the cards was nice - did you draw them yourself, or borrow them from elsewhere? An option to speed up the dealing would be nice as well, since the game didn't have all that much flow for my liking.

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1.88 / 5.00

May 4, 2013
4:37 AM EDT