Governor Of Poker Conquers Texas Every Time
By Gwendolyn L. Spelvin
The Governor Of Poker franchise is a misunderstood Texas Hold Em’ poker genre entry; unlike its contemporaries who are a dime a dozen, Governor of Poker ties in a unique storyline that makes players table champions and poker real estate tycoon similar to the dynamic of Monopoly.
Be forewarned, this isn’t a serious, die-hard entry by any means and should not be treated as such. Governor Of Poker is as bare bones as you can get but holds up well to such contemporaries as The World Series Of Poker in replay factor and engagement without celebrity cameo campiness.
That isn’t to say the franchise isn’t without its corny moments, because there are loads of them.
Opponents are not directly talkative and appear to be mostly emotionless. However, if you watch their body language sans the big bucket hats, opponents may sweat, shake, or be nervous when their bluffing or mutter odd random comments. Some may play with their hat rims or their chips. Those are great subtle indications on whether or not you can float the river and take the pot.
Transportation literally is back to an era where the stagecoach was mind blowing. Granted, there is somewhat of an endearing quality about trailing all over Texas in an array of early 20th century vehicles that creates an atmosphere that the protagonist is a poker ambassador ready to kick ass on the table and take names.
The storyline is completely unbelievable and as far-fetched beyond the realm of reality as it can possibly get and more outlandish with each entry. By the second entry poker is illegal and the protagonist has to illegally play around Texas to convince the standing governor to legalize it in a hearts and minds campaign. Yes, it’s a completely campy mission objective but absolutely laughable for what it is.
The trophy system is weird. Bronze, Silver, and Gold trophies classify your greatness based on hands you win with, whether or not you are a big bully bluff at the table, and how quickly you decimate your opponents. They do nothing towards completion but add to player bragging rights. Yes, it’s a completely pointless success table that contributes nothing, but can inspire goals.
Having to buy very expensive hats to elevate your ranking status at the poker tables is also something players could do without, but are presented more as a non-serious status symbol in the quest for poker domination. It also gives an excuse to manage money better. Yes, the hats are ugly as homemade sin and add no intrinsic value to your wealth or anything else for that matter.
Don’t get it twisted, even the corny elements help propel players to a legendary infamy in conjunction to throwing down at the poker table and conquering the real estate world of the Lone Star state. After all, these elements keep a stream of income flowing every day, adding to your poker empire.
Single-player games boil down to three types. General tables can be played at any time. Cash only tables and tournament tables can only be played once per virtual day. Per the rules, you have to have cash up front to enter any tables or entry is denied.
Cash only tables are winner take all affairs and the highlight of the franchise; if you don’t run all your opponents off the table, you walk away broke. Just like in real life, the mechanics appeal to the desperate; players in some instances can leverage property assets in lieu of chips on the table.
Tournament tables split the kitty between the last three players left standing. Percentages are dished out based on ranking, so being first earns the biggest pot. Property can’t be leveraged, so it’s best to come to the table with enough to cover the bets.
Just like in real life, banks are around as the antagonistic loan shark. Take a loan and forget to pay and find all your property frozen and in virtual daily debt. Ignore them, and they ruin your reputation, credit, and your ability to gamble. Game over.
Okay. A single player poker entry that leaves you playing against the computer can get a bit tedious, but don’t fold your hand just yet. The newest entry into the franchise is strictly a multiplayer affair, so hardcore Texas Hold Em’ players can finally duke it out with one another without the fluff of its predecessors. Starting pots, starting chips, and even the stakes are higher.
Overall, this is a franchise that should be on every PC platform’s player computer. It’s a great rainy-day entry, or just a nice break from a Triple A title to give your controller a rest. It’s simple without being overcomplicated, and challenging enough not to hold players hands and nurse their bets every step of the way.
Unlike it contemporaries, Governor Of Poker has proven it knows when to bluff, bet, avoid a flop, and capitalize on the pot in the winner take all genre of poker.