Legal Online Poker Game to be Released Next Year
A software designer in California, Arthur Pfeiffer, has developed a new online poker game known as “Texas Block’Em” which removes luck from the game by requiring players to choose their own hole cards instead of playing the cards dealt to them.The game is very similar to Texas Hold’em, however, as stated players can choose their hole cards. If two players choose the same card then the card becomes “blocked”.
Pfeiffer said, “In regular poker, each player relies heavily on the fixed laws of mathematics to calculate the probability that the cards dealt will give him a winning hand.
In Texas Block ’Em, each player relies heavily on his sense of human psychology in reading opponents to determine the probability that he can pick the right cards for a winning hand.”
The fact that the randomness of hole cards is removed from the game has US legal experts convinced that the new game will not violate online gambling laws but instead be considered a contest. As a result players in the US will be able to play for real money as soon as the game is rolled out.