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App of the Week: Zynga Poker

Zynga’s Texas Hold’em Poker has been my go-to Facebook game for quite some time now. I never really got into Farmville or any of the other really big Facebook games, but I have always loved poker. That is why I started playing Texas Hold’em on Facebook. I wasn’t too fond of sitting at my computer all day playing poker and so I tried to find a good app so I could take it on the go. There were plenty to choose from, but none of them really hit the spot that Zynga’s Facebook app did. Then Zynga released their Android app for poker. When I first heard about this app being released I immediately downloaded it. I was very happy to see all of the chips I had earned on Facebook and all of my friends progress as well. I was instantly pleased. I had finally found that app that carries over from all those long nights on Facebook.

When you open up the app the first thing you will notice is a page that requires a login to Facebook. That way you can link your accounts. This is where zynga’s poker app’s main problem lies. You have to login to Facebook every time that you open the app. Every single time. This can get quite irritating, especially if you find yourself always closing the app and going back to it for the occasional hand here and there. This is a problem that can obviously be fixed through an easy update, and I am hoping Zynga does it soon.

Once you successfully login to the app, however, things take a turn for the better. You can just go into a quick game, access certain tables depending on how big you want the blinds to be, and you can jump into sit and go tournaments. There is also an option to look at all of your friends and see how many chips they have and what their progress is in the app. When you jump into a game you can do all the things you would expect. You can choose where you would like to sit and exactly how much you would like to buy in with. Then there are the controls. The controls are easy to understand and work perfectly. You can call, fold, raise, and anything else you would like to do just with the tap of a finger. It has a nice little bell and vibrate when it’s your turn so you don’t have to constantly be looking at the game. It just functions well as a whole. I have heard of some people having force close issues, but haven’t actually encountered any myself. The app has always worked great for me.

The UI for the app is very pretty. It has a high resolution and everything looks great. I was very surprised at how close they actually got the Android app to the Facebook app. It is a smooth app and all the animations. I really like that they actually made this app good-looking with a high resolution.

Zynga did a great job with their Texas Hold’em app. I love it. There are a few problems but most of them are fairly easy to fix and hopefully will be fixed in the future. There are tons of great features and I love that it carries over to your Facebook account. All of these reasons are why I have chose Zynga Poker to be this week’s App of the Week.

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about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 16 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have advice? email [email protected]