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[ Hands On Mobile ]

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Poker is hugely popular on mobile, but here in Europe this popularity is entirely based on playing against mobile-controlled opponents, with the sort of simple AI that's necessary when you're squeezing algorithms into a limited-size Java file.
That's fine for games that you play on the train or sofa to practice your skills, and there have been some slick titles offering a decent challenge along the way (the latest being Glu's head-to-head World Series of Poker Pro Challenge).
But it's not the same as playing against real people. While American mobile gamers have had multiplayer poker titles for a while now, us Europeans have had to look on with envy. However, Hands-On Mobile has just launched a multiplayer version of its World Poker Tour: Texas Hold'Em 2 game with operator 3 UK.
Before we review it, a warning. For the moment, it's only available on 3. The version of WPT2 on other operators is the single-player version, which we reviewed recently. Hopefully this multiplayer one will launch on other operators soon, though.
The multiplayer game looks and feels like the solo version - in fact, its Practice Mode basically is the solo version, with a choice of free play and scenario gameplay. Check the previous review to see how that works, but suffice to say, the game runs smoothly and is fun to play.
But clearly, this version is all about the multiplayer. You can choose an avatar for your character, with the neat option of being able to buy new avatars with your virtual money, ranging from $250 up to $10,000 models. It's a neat way to show off to other players just how rich you are in the game.
You can also set up 'Quick Text' for use in the game, which enables you to chat with opponents (by which we mean taunt in a "I bluff so smart, yo' momma won't recognise yo' chip stack" stylee). You can spend a good hour or so coming up with suitably silly lines before even playing.
Once logged on, you can check your global ranking, or...

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