Red Dead Redemption – Texas Hold’em Poker Wild West Style


May 28, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

The Wild, Wild West. Those four words evoke a vast array of images for most people. We have all seen the old movies: the cowboys, the gunfights, and the dusty saloons with their dancing girls, bottles of whiskey and poker games. Poker has always been a part of the old West, but never like it is in the new Rockstar Games offering, Red Dead Redemption, for the Xbox 360.

This game isn’t about poker, per se, rather all of the things that we think about with the West in the 1800s. It does good guys, bad guys, blazing guns and every other iconic symbol of the era very well. The difference? When it comes to the poker, it doesn’t just do it well; it does it in a revolutionary way.

Let’s point out one problem first; you wouldn’t have seen gunslingers in the Old West playing Texas Hold’em because it didn’t exist until the early 1900s. The thing is, that doesn’t matter with Red Dead Redemption; the poker in this epic video game will knock you off your feet!

As one blogger gushed, “As such, it seems strange that Redemption’s Texas Hold ‘em grabbed me so tightly and refused to let go. I think it was a result of the diverse opponents, rendered well enough to recreate that human element.” The action is the game is excellent; there are a wide variety of characters, plenty of snide comments and humor, and even the ability to cheat. (Be careful though, that could get you shot!)

The reason Red Dead Redemption is a great video game is the effort that Rockstar Games puts into the details; the reason its poker is revolutionary is that it takes computer poker to a level it has never reached before. Find the goofy avatars at the online card rooms annoying? Not here. Red Dead Redemption’s poker interface is stunning. It offers an experience that will undoubtedly have poker rooms reconsidering how they present poker at their sites.

Every once in a while, a fresh, new idea comes along; it is a bit ironic that it took going back to the 1800s to find the newest one. No Texas Hold’em in the Wild West? Who cares. With Rockstar Games’ new legend, Red Dead Redemption, the poker is perfectly presented and has gamers worldwide talking about it.

The real question is this. Reckon there’s a young version of old-time legend Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson lurking in the back room of the game’s poker hall, rustlin’ up another game of Hold’em?

Red Dead Redemption is set in the year 1911, not the 1800s. It is possible that an early version of what we now know as Texas Hold’em was in fact being played during the period in which this video game’s storyline is taking place.

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7 Responses to “Red Dead Redemption – Texas Hold’em Poker Wild West Style”
  1. rede dead online cheats says:

    red dead mutiplayer poker does not call the winning hands the right way

  2. Luke says:

    Kinda off topic, but on the same subject:

    Does Red Dead Redemption online have minigames such as horseshoes and texas hold em? Like in Single Player? This would be great because you could enter poker games with your buddies or play liars dice.

  3. KalanStar says:

    I wish online poker was rendered this well!

    As far as the game goes, I think it’s the easiest way to get money! I always bust everyone else out! I’ve played a lot in real life though, but it’s easier in the game! The Thief’s Landing table is the best. I’ve made 600 chips in a single hand! I have no idea about percentages BTW. I have noticed that 3’s win often, too often in my opinion. All-in-all, I think the actual level of play could be improved, and the repetitive comments get annoying real fast. (Press RB to skip the cut scenes to avoid the comments)

  4. PRR says:

    Thanks folks for catching the error. Here are the facts:

    The “Red Dead Redemption” storyline, according to the Wikipedia entry, is set in 1911.

    Texas Hold’em is alleged to have emerged from from Robstown, Texas in the early 1900’s with reports of it being played in Dallas in 1925 and first introduced to Vegas in 1967.

  5. Kevin says:

    “…you wouldn’t have seen gunslingers in the Old West playing Texas Hold’em because it didn’t exist until the early 1900s.”

    “…it is a bit ironic that it took going back to the 1800s to find the newest one.”

    The game is set in the year 1911. After three seconds of research, you can find this information on the Red Dead Redemption Wikipedia article. Good day.

  6. Me says:

    Actually the game, Red Dead Redemption, is set in 1911. This makes it historically accurate. You and anyone that plays the poker in RDR are right – it is great.

  7. Beagle says:

    The game is set in 1911, so Texas Holdem was invented already… get your facts straight.


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