Developer/Publisher: AbZorba Games || Overall: 8.0/10
A part of the AbZorba Games’ casino line-up, Poker Live Omaha & Texas for the iOS is essentially the same user interface as the previously reviewed BlackJack Live Casino. Many familiar aspects are present, and it won’t take you long to get used to the differences if you have experience with any of their other apps, like I did before playing it. Poker Live Omaha & Texas shares the amusing avatar system, and has the same social-network-of-sorts functionality that is included in the previous title I reviewed.
Uniformity across titles is the basis, and many of the same comments I made about the game’s functionality and social network would just be reiterated for this title, so the best thing to do is to focus on the game of Poker itself as it is presented in Poker Live Omaha & Texas. As an aside, I did include the avatar pictures in the screenshot gallery from the previous game, as they are identical.
The benefit to having two or more of the titles from AbZorba installed on your phone grants greater daily bonuses to earn. You gain a bonus for each title, which understandably entices you to have all of AbZorba’s games installed on your phone at the same time. If you enjoy their games, it’s not a bad bonus to have, as it’s not really difficult to obtain.
Unlike Black Jack where you play against the dealer primarily, you are playing against other players. Calling bets and raising each other to the point they either fold or lose all of their money. The competitive aspect can be a big draw for some who like that, and not to mention it is Poker, after all.
Texas Hold’em and Omaha are represented in the game. Unlike in Black Jack, you’ll kind of need to hit the ground running to make sure you don’t play awfully, since you are competing against other players out for your sweet chips. You’ll also have to take risks to get ahead, and that doesn’t always pay off. It is smarter to play the lower limit tables initially since you only start with about 30K chips. Sitting at a table that meets your betting position is important to the longevity of your play. You may also benefit more from going head-to-head rather than being at a full table. It all depends on the amount of chips you have, the limits of the table, and the balances of everyone else at the table. You can, of course, buy more chips to limit the guesswork here or to replenish your credits if you are run ragged, otherwise you’ll have to wait for the bonuses to add up before playing again.
The game-specific user interface allows you to pre-play your hand in a certain number of ways to get the game moving faster. If you know you are most likely going to win a hand because you have a 4-of-a-kind, you can click the “call any” bet. You may also just want to wait until it is your turn to do a proper raise, though. You can also tell the game to check/fold so when it hits your turn you automatically check or fold depending on if someone bet in that round. I always like to maintain full control over my hands, so I seldom used those functions. It might be more useful on tables that have people taking a long time to play, however.
There’s not much point to explaining the rules of Texas Hold’em and Omaha, as these are popular games you can look up on any number of sites. The Poker Live Omaha & Texas app on the iOS store can be a fine choice if you are looking for one of these apps, and along with the other apps in their offering, the bonuses end up being worthwhile.