I went ahead and changed the title, as I think this is still a better thread for the game, as it spares the need to explain FHP to anyone new to the game.
I finally picked this up for both my Windows Phone and XBLA. I thought enough of it that I posted about it in our thread on the now defunct Pokerstars game.
But I decided to create a catch-all to see if we could consolidate some Xbox users into picking this up for some poker nights and score chasing.
Basically, the game is a lot better than the previous Texas Hold-em game, and worthy of picking up as an upgrade. The single player is strong enough, but the multiplayer is really well executed. I know that XBL is not as convenient as playing poker on a PC, but this might be worth it. And not only is it better than the previous XBL version, but it is better than any of the poker games that came out for consoles during the craze of the last 10 years.
The key is, the blind structures for tournament play that most people like are actually good. You've got levels that take more than 10 minutes which allows for much more play. Most every console poker game goes the arcade route of 3-4 hands in a level, which forces you to play way too many hands as the game evolves into a bunch of all-ins and luck of the draw.
Further, the use of the avatars is really well done here. You really do feel like you are playing with the same friends you see in your friends list. the mechanics for betting, folding and checking are simple and easy. There is even a perfect mechanic for whether you want to show one, both, or neither of your cards when you force a fold or your bet is called and your hand is beaten.
I got interested when I bought the Windows Phone version, which is only single player, but also well done. It ties into your XBLA version ,so that money and XP you earn playing on your mobile version contributes to the XBLA version. So the trojan horse worked, and bought the game on XBL last night, and found it to be way more fun than I expected.
So I'm hoping to add folks to my friends list to score chase, and we are talking about having some Goodjer poker nights.