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“Zynga Poker” Review

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The main menu. A Thanksgiving themed event was in progress.

The main menu. A Thanksgiving themed event was in progress.

Time to Play Some Zynga Poker

Zynga Poker is a popular online Texas hold ‘em game that many people play. Zynga Poker is a multiplayer game. You play Texas hold ‘em with up to nine players.

I am going to explain my thoughts on this game by reviewing it.

Zynga Poker Review Information

I have played Zynga Poker for many years, and it is one of the games I have played the longest.

How the Game Controls Feels

The controls are nice. I never feel like I am fighting the controls to make a certain bet size. Seeing how you bet a lot, this is a huge plus.

There is only one tiny thing that is a bit odd to me. I wish you can go all-in instead of only matching the other person's chip stack.

I guess the result is the same, but it feels more satisfying to put all my chips in.

The "Zynga Poker" bet controls.

The "Zynga Poker" bet controls.

Ring Game in Zynga Poker

There are five and nine person tables, and there are normal and fast speed tables.The ring games work as expected.

You can auto rebuy back into games.

Finally, years later, Zynga added the option to auto topoff your chip stack. Not being able to do this was one of my biggest issues with the game, and this is a huge change!

A "Zynga Poker' table during a Thanksgiving related event.

A "Zynga Poker' table during a Thanksgiving related event.

Sit and Goes in Zynga Poker

There are multiple sit and go buy ins. There are also five, and nine player sit and go tables.

Like most traditional sit and goes you get paid for coming in first and second place. Three people win chips at full ring sit and go tables.

The game also has Spin and Go events. These are much faster tournaments, and only the player who comes in first place wins chips.

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Watch Collection

Recently Zynga added watches to the game. You collect these watches by playing poker and earning chips in a collection.

There are currently five watches to collect, and each watch gives you free chips.

One of my oldest complaints is that Zynga Poker has nothing to earn or collect long term.

This is a huge step in the right collection, and I am very excited to collect the watches.

The first poker watch.

The first poker watch.

The Game Has Challenges

Every day you get challenges to complete. If you complete all the daily challenges, there are bonus challenges. You also get one weekly challenge.

The challenges are a bit too hard. The game expects to play very high stakes compared to the total amount of chips you have. I ignore the challenges.

"Zynga Poker" Challenges

"Zynga Poker" Challenges

About Poker Leagues and the Rewards Center

Every week a poker league runs. You get rewards depending on your position at the end of the week.

I love playing in these leagues as they can be very competitive. It is fun to see how high of a league I can get to.

You can use the tickets you earn from challenges and leagues in the Rewards Center.

The rewards you get are small, but it is fun to collect them.

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The "Zynga Poker" Rewards Center.

The "Zynga Poker" Rewards Center.

Events in Zynga Poker

There is almost always a Mega Fast Cash event active.

But the game also holds seasonal events frequently.

Zynga has stepped up the event game recently. The game used to be almost devoid of events. Now there almost always is one.

It is good to see competitive changes like this. Seeing how other similar poker games have amazing events.

How the Game Looks and Sounds

The game looks nice. The cards are nice and big and easy to see, and the animations are fluid.

The table backgrounds are dynamic and change based on the current event. They are very detailed, and this is not the Zynga Poker I started playing as this version looks much better.

The game sounds OK. Nothing spectacular here but nothing terrible either. I feel neutral about how this game sounds.

There are alert sounds when it is your turn to act. There is a clapping sound when people win hands. It gets cheesy after hearing it so many times.

Things in Zynga Poker Are Annoying

The game sends notifications for free chips every once and a while.

But the game also sends notifications for random things as well. The game send notifications a bit too much.

Also, when you move around on the main screen on the app versions of the game, sometimes you will be forced to watch ads. These ads are very annoying.

Features I Wish the Game Had

There are a few features I wish this game would have. It would be nice to sit out for a few minutes. Sometimes I need to take a tiny break.

I also wish the game had a four color deck option. It is a tiny feature I love in games.

My Overall Thoughts on Zynga Poker

Overall, Zynga Poker is a great poker game. It is not my favorite, but it is a game I play often.

I would recommend Zynga Poker to people who are looking for an online poker game to play. Zynga Poker is one of the biggest poker games online, and it works well.

I will give Zynga credit for maintaining the game for so long and still making changes to it for the better.

With the most recent changes, I am starting to like this game more every day. It does not feel stale.

© 2020 Eric Farmer