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“Poker Heat” Review

Poker is my favorite hobby, only matched by my love for video games. I have ten+ years of poker experience to share in my poker game guides!

The "Poker Heat" main menu screen.

The "Poker Heat" main menu screen.

A Review of Poker Heat

Poker Heat is one of two poker games made by Playtika. In this review, I am going to go over what I like and don't like about the game.

I have played Poker Heat for a long time. This is a game I am very familiar with, and I play it often.

I have played this game on my LG V20 Android smartphone, and I play the web browser version on my Chromebook.

What Types of Poker Does Poker Heat Have?

The only game mode you can play outside of events is Texas hold ’em. This game does not have sit and goes or tournaments of any kind.

Poker Heat also weird new ways to play poker. I like these events as they give a fresh spin on playing poker.

For example, in Red Attack, the deck of playing cards only has red suits in it. This promoted a play style towards making flushes.

A "Poker Heat" table.

A "Poker Heat" table.

A "Poker Heat" event table.

A "Poker Heat" event table.

How Are the Game Controls?

This game has great bet controls. I like to tap to set the number of chips I want to bet. I am very precise in my bets.

I have played a few poker games in the past, where I spent more time fighting with the controls than betting chips.

Sometimes there are odd issues with the controls in the game. For example, the buttons to fold sometimes will disappear!

I also notice some issues playing during events. Sometimes buttons that should not be visible will show.

These issues do not happen too often, and it is very odd when I see them.

The "Poker Heat" bet controls.

The "Poker Heat" bet controls.

Poker Heat Leagues

You get chips and crown points depending on where you place at the end of leagues.

If you are in the top two leagues, your character portrait also is unique. You earn points by winning hands.

The leagues in "Poker Heat".

The leagues in "Poker Heat".

Collecting Rings

You collect rings by playing the game and winning hands. You earn rings by getting crowns.

Also, like league points, you make more progress towards getting crowns when you win bigger hands.

Rings are another neat way to show off your poker skills. You need to win many hands to get the rings.

As somebody who loves playing poker a lot, I like having a long-term goal to work on.

Seeing somebody with one of the harder to get rings says something about how often they play the game.

You also get some bonus chips when you complete a ring as well.

The rings in "Poker Heat".

The rings in "Poker Heat".

Events in Poker Heat

Poker Heat is always hosting a game event of some kind. There are too many events to list, and they usually involve playing poker a certain way or doing something specific.

For example, one event rewarded players more chips for winning with an ace in their hand.

An event in "Poker Heat".

An event in "Poker Heat".

Music and Sounds

I long the song in this game. I appreciate it when mobile developers try to have some decent music for a change. The game also has unique songs for events.

The sounds in the game are also very good! There are exciting, and I love hearing them.

Game Animations

Poker Heat has very fluid and active animations. The game has great transitions you see when joining and leaving a table.

At the end of leagues, you get a personal status report that is fun to see.

Every time you move up or down in a league, the game lets you know by an animation on the leaderboard.

Every animation in this game looks great! How Poker Heat looks, and sounds is a huge reason why I love this game so often.

Annoying Things in Poker Heat

No Mute or Report Options

One of the weird things this game does to annoy me is the fact that you can't mute other players.

In WSOP, you can mute and report other players. People can type all sorts of crazy and mean things, so I don't get why you can't mute them.

While most people stay silent and play the game, I have met enough rude people to wish I could make them shut up.

This is not game-breaking as I can always ignore people or change tables, but this is a basic feature that is missing.

Popup Spam

Every time I log in, I get bombarded with every possible piece of information the game throws at me.

The result is I tap very fast past everything and ignore most of it. I wish I could select an I already seen this option or something similar.

The Game Sends Notifications Often

This game's notifications may be annoying for some people.

Android has options to disable all notifications from specific apps. I do this when I get annoyed at an application.

A Few Nitpicks

There are a few things missing from the game that I wish it had. These points might not bother most people, but I figured I would mention them.

  • I wish more poker games had the option to multi-table.
  • I wish there was the option to play fast speed tables.
  • I wish this game had a four-color deck option.
  • It would be nice to be able to play full ring tables as well.

My Overall Thoughts on Poker Heat

Poker Heat is my favorite online poker game.

Overall, Poker Heat is a great looking game with many interesting events.

The game does have some annoyances, but nothing too drastic.

I would recommend this game to people who love to play poker. Especially, if you love Texas hold ‘em.

© 2020 Eric Farmer