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PlayStation 2Game Shark (Jun 23, 2006)
In the process of playing STACKED I've had a TON of fun and learned two important game-related life lessons: 1) Stacked with Daniel Negreanu is the best Texas Hold 'Em videogame on the market currently. It lets you play cash games, single table and multi-table tournaments and online on all platforms. 2) I suck at Texas Hold 'Em.
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PlayStation 2GamingTrend (Jul, 2006)
If you're unsure about the whole Texas Hold'Em poker game, this is a solid title to rent and try out the game for the first time without having to worry about losing your life's savings. If you know how to play already, and want a solid AI to play against as well as some good multiplayer action, this is pretty much the title to get. Be warned, however. This is a poker game, and that's all you're going to get. If you're wanting more of the casino experience or something with more variety than just Hold'Em, you might want another title.
80
XboxGame Vortex (Jun, 2006)
All of the cards are on the table, and STACKED comes up aces in my book. I would like to see this go another revolution allowing more time for sound animation. It would only make the game that much better and more immersive. After all, that immersion is what playing at a table is all about.
78
WindowsFragland.net (Jun 17, 2007)
You love it or you hate it. Not interested in poker? Stay away from this game. If on the other hand, you like it, then this game should earn a place in your collection . It is instructive and will improve your poker games.
78
PSPWorth Playing (Aug 26, 2007)
When all is said and done, what players really want from a poker simulation is a challenging and rewarding game. With its advanced adaptive learning system, Stacked probably offers the best single-player Texas Hold 'em game currently available. If you're more interested in playing against others, your best option will be to host local ad-hoc games with friends, since the online gaming element of Stacked seems to have lost support both from the community and its organizers. Despite a few sharp edges, Stacked comes up a winner and is worthy of adding to your PSP library.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot (Jun 02, 2006)
What it ultimately comes down to with Stacked is just how much you want to play a realistic, offline game of Texas hold 'em. There's certainly no shortage of ways to play this game for free on the internet, but playing against random online players doesn't always provide you with much tangible feedback on how your game stacks up in a real cash game or tournament environment. Admittedly, Stacked's AI system doesn't always pull this off either, and there are holes in Stacked's game, but far fewer than most other poker titles, and it's the best measuring stick for your personal poker skills available in the realm of entertainment software.
77
XboxGameSpot (Jun 02, 2006)
What it ultimately comes down to with Stacked is just how much you want to play a realistic, offline game of Texas hold 'em. There's certainly no shortage of ways to play this game for free on the internet, but playing against random online players doesn't always provide you with much tangible feedback on how your game stacks up in a real cash game or tournament environment. Admittedly, Stacked's AI system doesn't always pull this off either, and there are holes in Stacked's game, but far fewer than most other poker titles, and it's the best measuring stick for your personal poker skills available in the realm of entertainment software.
77
WindowsGameSpot (Jun 02, 2006)
What it ultimately comes down to with Stacked is just how much you want to play a realistic, offline game of Texas hold 'em. There's certainly no shortage of ways to play this game for free on the internet, but playing against random online players doesn't always provide you with much tangible feedback on how your game stacks up in a real cash game or tournament environment. Admittedly, Stacked's AI system doesn't always pull this off either, and there are holes in Stacked's game, but far fewer than most other poker titles, and it's the best measuring stick for your personal poker skills available in the realm of entertainment software.
76
PSPGamingTrend (Oct, 2006)
Well...all told, the game didn't score very well. This was a hard title for me to score during the play of the game. I really liked how it handled the actual gameplay, but the interface issues did really disappoint me. If you have a PSP, and you want a game that can teach you how to play Texas Hold'em poker for a tournament environment, this game will succeed. There is a gem in here, the question remains as to how much polishing players may want to do.
75
WindowsOut Of Eight (Jul 13, 2006)
For one, it has organized, nightly tournaments for virtual cash prizes, where people will tend to act more reasonable instead of throwing away all of their money on a bad hand. This will really appeal to people who enjoy playing poker online and want to eliminate most of the riff-raff that can be seen on free sites. Secondly, Stacked will also appeal to single players because of the generally competent AI. Except for at no limit cash tables, the AI is a generally strong player, and will probably act more reasonably than most players online. Coding an AI for a poker game is difficult, especially when human players do dumb things, so creating a dynamic and adjusting AI is a pretty neat feature. Ten years of university-level work has gone into the licensed AI, and it shows for the most part. In addition to better graphics, Stacked adds some user interface enhancements for the PC version that makes playing on the computer a lot easier than the consoles.
75
XboxTeamXbox (May 30, 2006)
Graphically, aurally, and from a production standpoint, STACKED with Daniel Negreanu is a bit of a mess, but don’t let that gruff exterior fool you. If you scrounge around a bit, you’ll find what every poker player is seeking; a real game improvement aid. The combination of Negreanu’s tips, Pokibot, and every type of hold ‘em format available (both online and offline) is sure to make a card shark out of you yet. Glitzy and glamorous STACKED with Daniel Negreanu is not (even though it tries to be in many areas), but who cares? You’ll be thanking Pokibot, not the stellar visuals, when your friends leave Wednesday’s poker game dead broke.
74
PSPGameSpot (Oct 11, 2006)
What it ultimately comes down to with Stacked is just how much you want to play a realistic, offline game of Texas Hold 'em. There's certainly no shortage of ways to play this game for free on the Internet, but playing against random online players for fake money doesn't always provide you with much tangible feedback on how your game stacks up in a real cash game or tournament environment. Admittedly, Stacked's AI system doesn't always pull this off either, and there are holes in its game, but there are far fewer than most other poker titles, and it's the best measuring stick for your personal poker skills available in the realm of entertainment software.
74
WindowsGameplay (Benelux) (Apr 27, 2007)
Stacked is een fraai vormgegeven pokergame die ideaal is om de game aan te leren en garant staat voor uren pokerplezier.
70
PlayStation 2GameZone (Jun 16, 2006)
STACKED is the best poker video game currently out on store shelves. That said, I am a little disappointed that the title didn’t go that extra mile in making itself a hit. At $29.99, poker aficionados will find value in the instructional videos and tables for practice. Otherwise, it’s rentable.
70
XboxAtomic Gamer (Jul 11, 2006)
Overall, Stacked is a mixed bag of experience. Customizability and interface problems aside, the single player experience will be fun for those that are somewhat new to the game. The AI will learn fairly well and adapt to your play style but won’t really manage to challenge those that are well-versed in the ways of poker. Multiplayer, while done well, seems to be useless overall with the lack of any real character customizability. In the end, I did enjoy Stacked and think it is worth, at the very least, a rental. I would wait to buy it until it drops a bit more in price, though.
70
PlayStation 2Game industry News (GiN) (Jul, 2006)
If you like to play poker and really know what you are doing, you can probably have a great time with this game. But if you are a novice, you might want to look elsewhere until you earn your chops. In the end, Stacked is kind of like having two pair with kings high. It’s a respectable hand that a lot or players would want to have, but it can also be beaten by a lot of others.
70
XboxGame Chronicles (Jul 11, 2006)
Stacked with Daniel Negreanu is one of the best releases in a sea of poker games. The market may be over-saturated, but Stacked has the right hooks to attract the serious players and newbie learners alike.
70
PSPGameSpy (Nov 10, 2006)
Despite some minor technical and presentation flaws, an advanced AI and deep focus on one style of poker should not only keep fans interested, but actually help them to improve their real-life poker experience. While far from perfect, Stacked with Daniel Negreanu is clearly the chip leader in the console poker market. Texas Hold 'em fans looking for a decent portable experience should definitely ante up and give Stacked a shot.
70
PlayStation 2TotalPlayStation (Jun 26, 2006)
So STACKED isn't a particularly well-presented game. The fundamentals are there, though, meaning you can actually play against the AI and feel like it's challenging you, and with a solid online presence, there's plenty of challenge there too. It's just that despite all the hoopla and the delay in getting the game finished, there's really nothing here to justify it presentation-wise. There's solid poker to be had here (even if it's just Texas Hold 'Em -- something that other poker games beat many times over in variety). Still, this was a successful experiment, offering the kind of progress toward a poker game that can play as well offline as it does online -- and one step toward getting AI interaction that actually feels like a real person. Thanks to some wonky recommendations from Negreanu and an obvious lack of what would seem like common-sense graphics options, this isn't a must-buy poker game, but it is better than anything else out there. Sadly, that's still not saying much.
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WindowsGamernode (Jun 18, 2006)
Stacked offers some of the most realistic poker gameplay out there. The AI feels as if you are playing against live poker players. It will offer you a way to hone your skills or provide you an outlet to play poker when your buds can,t come over to play. The game isn,t a fast game, and this will bring down the enjoyment level for the majority of gamers. But if you are a dedicated poker fan, and want to play a game that is realistic and challenging, Stacked with Daniel Negreanu is a good choice. In short, Stacked isn,t bluffing, but it won,t cause a lot of gamers to go "all in," either.
69
XboxGamernode (Jun 18, 2006)
Stacked offers some of the most realistic poker gameplay out there. The AI feels as if you are playing against live poker players. It will offer you a way to hone your skills or provide you an outlet to play poker when your buds can’t come over to play. The game isn’t a fast game, and this will bring down the enjoyment level for the majority of gamers. But if you are a dedicated poker fan, and want to play a game that is realistic and challenging, Stacked with Daniel Negreanu is a good choice. In short, Stacked isn’t bluffing, but it won’t cause a lot of gamers to go “all in,” either.
69
PlayStation 2Gamernode (Jun 09, 2006)
Stacked offers some of the most realistic poker gameplay out there. The AI feels as if you are playing against live poker players. It will offer you a way to hone your skills or provide you an outlet to play poker when your buds can,t come over to play. The game isn,t a fast game, and this will bring down the enjoyment level for the majority of gamers. But if you are a dedicated poker fan, and want to play a game that is realistic and challenging, Stacked with Daniel Negreanu is a good choice. In short, Stacked isn,t bluffing, but it won,t cause a lot of gamers to go "all in," either.
68
PSPGameZone (Nov 16, 2006)
If there is a silver lining to this game it is the A.I.; the folks at Myelin Media used this type of A.I. called POKI which has been in development up in Canada for years. It more then does a good job of figuring out your routine play, so it helps to mix things up on a regular basis. You may be able to go all-in several times in a row in order to steal the blinds, but it will catch on and one of the computer players will end up calling you and make you pay.
67
PlayStation 2Gaming Age (Aug 01, 2006)
While STACKED with Daniel Negreanu won't be winning any type of gaming awards, it's definitely a step in the right direction for video game poker. With a few more play modes, a couple variations of poker, and a better-looking field of play, it could be even better. However, it's easily the best AI experience you'll find in a console poker title, so if you're dying to pick one up, definitely go with this one.
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PSPGame Shark (Nov 01, 2006)
In the end the PSP version of STACKED with Daniel Negreanu is still the best Texas Hold 'Em game on the system. The AI is relatively smart, Daniel's in-game help is most usually helpful (it's not always right on the money but there's some solid advice most times) and the ability to sync your PSP game with your PS2 game is a god-send for anyone that wants to continue to play their game on the go and vice-versa. If you haven't tried STACKED and enjoy Texas Hold 'Em then this game on PSP is worth buying or rebating at the very least.
65
PSPDa Gameboyz (Nov, 2006)
Stacked with Daniel Negreanu is good little poker game for gaming on the go. If you are a pro or veteran of poker games you may want to stay away, but only some time with the game will tell. However if you are a novice or someone who hasn't played many poker video games, this one is for you. The graphics are average and the sound is ok but the gameplay is engaging as it becomes more challenging the more you play and advance through career mode.
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PSPTotalPlayStation (Nov 04, 2006)
The strength of STACKED's AI is what holds the game up. The presentation is lackluster, the audio basic and the character creation severely lacking. Even with all that, this is still the best poker game out there. It's just not a must-have.
60
WindowsWorth Playing (Aug 05, 2006)
All told, Stacked isn't an awful title, but it isn't a good one, either. The odd thing is that normally, a genre-specific game (such as a sports sim) that failed to perform would be recommended only for lovers of the genre. In the case of Stacked, it is exactly the opposite and simply isn't recommended for experienced poker players. With its shoddy A.I., limited game styles, and strangely vacuous multiplayer mode, most versed card players will find the offering well below both their expectations and skill level. On the other hand, the very cool video tutorials and professional tips may be just the thing the novice player needs to push into a higher skill bracket. Hopefully, he can then at least win back the price of the game.
60
WindowsGamingExcellence (Jun, 2006)
I can’t say I’ll be playing this game often, because I find the pace of the game is too slow. Until you’ve decided and played your hand, the Pokibot is extremely slow. If you’re used to Internet Hold’em play, this game seems quite boring. Let me offer you a Pro tip: you can either pick up this mediocre to decent poker title on the consoles, or simply play online using the computer you are sitting in front of, and have faster-paced and more enjoyable challenge. Take your pick.
60
PlayStation 2GamingExcellence (Jun 30, 2006)
I can’t say I’ll be playing this game often, because I find the pace of the game is too slow. Until you’ve decided and played your hand, the Pokibot is extremely slow. If you’re used to Internet Hold’em play, this game seems quite boring. Let me offer you a Pro tip: you can either pick up this mediocre to decent poker title on the consoles, or simply play online using the computer you are sitting in front of, and have faster-paced and more enjoyable challenge. Take your pick.
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XboxGamingExcellence (Jun 30, 2006)
I can’t say I’ll be playing this game often, because I find the pace of the game is too slow. Until you’ve decided and played your hand, the Pokibot is extremely slow. If you’re used to Internet Hold’em play, this game seems quite boring. Let me offer you a Pro tip: you can either pick up this mediocre to decent poker title on the consoles, or simply play online using the computer you are sitting in front of, and have faster-paced and more enjoyable challenge. Take your pick.
59
XboxGamers' Temple, The (Jun, 2006)
One of Stacked’s big selling points is the online play and the promise of regular tournaments against human opponents. I had a fair amount of trouble finding and connecting to games online, though, and the players who weren’t complaining about their experience with the game online were spending their time demonstrating their knowledge of rudimentary obscenities. Overall the online side of the game was a big disappointment and it’s hard to recommend the game to anyone primarily seeking an online experience.
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XboxDreamStation.cc (Aug 01, 2006)
The bottom line here is that while the game is based mostly on chance the computer seems to have the best chances of all. You've really got to be a huge fan of Texas Hold'em to want to play hours and hours of Stacked. While it's a decent diversion for a short amount of time, there's just not enough variety to warrant a purchase. Unless you're die-hard about your poker, you'll want to stay away from this game.
50
WindowsThe A.V. Club (Jun 21, 2006)
Beyond the game: Play-money games are available at many Internet poker sites, and they're faster, more user-friendly, and free. And even the graphics aren't much worse than the cruddy last-generation look of Stacked. Worth playing for: Flawed as it is, Stacked improves on poker games past and isn't a bad learning tool for beginners. Until IBM develops a Big Blue for poker, this will have to do. Frustration sets in when: Bad beats are part of the game, but suckouts on inexplicable plays are like salt in the wound. Final judgment: If you're old enough to play online for nothing, why spend $30 for an ugly interface and weak action?
50
WindowsGameSpy (Jun 08, 2006)
Sadly, none of the three platforms has a large amount of players online, so it's hard to recommend one over another. The PC version also crashed during my play experience a handful of times, usually during a tournament, costing me all the progress made during long, arduous sessions filled with many folds and wait times. If it wasn't for your ability to fast forward the action when you're not involved in a hand, it would be nearly impossible for casual poker players to stand the longer tournament formats. With the constant breaks in gameplay made for player animation and dialogue, the pacing is just far too slow for those who want to play lots of hands of poker.
50
Windows1UP (Jun 07, 2006)
For poker beginners who are too shy to jump into the online fray, Stacked is a good way to get acquainted with the game in all its forms, from low-limit cash tables to no-limit multitable tournaments. But if you think you already know when to hold and when to fold, or don't mind learning the hard way against strangers online, keep your $30 safely in your wallet.
50
PlayStation 2Game Revolution (Jun 23, 2006)
After the deluge of console poker games, it's easy to see why Stacked would have the gall to have a blurb like "Halo with Chips" on the back cover or why Maxim, of all mags, would say such a thing. Probably because when compared to the likes of World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour, even Hello Kitty: Poker Party would look like gold. Stacked is better than that fictitious mess, I think, and might be worth a rental if you'd like to see some decent poker-sim A.I. But to go all-in for something you could find for free on the Internet would be a bad bet. Even Poki could tell you that.
50
PlayStation 2Video Game Talk (Jun 21, 2006)
For $30 Stacked just doesn't add up. The various modes available are barely better than some of the free poker games out on the net. Online play is a key element but the same problems with cluttered gameplay come into effect. Aesthetically the game leaves a lot to be desired as well, but again for a poker game it's not "that" bad looking or sounding. Low score across the board leave this one in the skipping category. Only those of you who absolutely adore poker and must play every incarnation of the game will find this title appealing. A lot of the promise that Stacked had to offer going in turned out to merely a bluff.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy (Jun 08, 2006)
The PS2 and Xbox versions of the game don't look quite as good as the PC version, but the difference isn't drastic. Sadly, none of the three platforms has a large amount of players online, so it's hard to recommend one over another. The PC version also crashed during my play experience a handful of times, usually during a tournament, costing me all the progress made during long, arduous sessions filled with many folds and wait times. If it wasn't for your ability to fast forward the action when you're not involved in a hand, it would be nearly impossible for casual poker players to stand the longer tournament formats. With the constant breaks in gameplay made for player animation and dialogue, the pacing is just far too slow for those who want to play lots of hands of poker.
50
XboxGame Revolution (Jun 23, 2006)
After the deluge of console poker games, it's easy to see why Stacked would have the gall to have a blurb like "Halo with Chips" on the back cover or why Maxim, of all mags, would say such a thing. Probably because when compared to the likes of World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour, even Hello Kitty: Poker Party would look like gold. Stacked is better than that fictitious mess, I think, and might be worth a rental if you'd like to see some decent poker-sim A.I. But to go all-in for something you could find for free on the Internet would be a bad bet. Even Poki could tell you that.
50
XboxGameSpy (Jun 08, 2006)
Stacked's attempt to bring the excitement and experience of tournament poker to gamers succeeds on many levels. The instructional video is quite good, teaching you many of the nuances of the game, and can take your poker experience to the next level. Unfortunately, similar products have been around for years now, and unless you're not old enough to play competitive poker on an online gambling site (most of which offer free games as well), it's hard to justify picking this one up.
50
PSPVideo Game Talk (Nov 14, 2006)
PSP owners looking for some poker on the go don't have a lot of good options. With WSOP and Stacked on the market both titles offer something that the other doesn't but in the end neither is really worth getting. I was hoping that Stacked for the PSP would have been better than the PS2 version but sadly the same control issues and lackluster presentation were carried over. Being unable to skip turns also becomes a thorn in the side and you'll frequently have to suspend your system during a game if you are out on the road. If you're desperate for poker to play on Sony's handheld I guess you could rent it though it's not a strong rental suggestion.
50
PSPIGN (Oct 13, 2006)
Stacked isn't the worst poker game we've ever seen, but it's also quite weak in comparison to many of the other titles we've seen recently. Its AI is mostly solid, but it generally doesn't play aggressively enough to put a whole lot of pressure on you, allowing you to sit back and dictate the course of play. The presentation on a whole is either poor and/or awkward, including the raise adjustment, menu navigation, visuals (specifically for the chips), lack of a reasonable create-a-player and more. These are essentially vital in any poker game and they really stick out when they're not done properly.
50
PSPGaming Nexus (Aug 07, 2006)
In short, I would recommend this game to anyone but the very experienced poker player. Between the custom avatars, multiple game play options, and the online play novices will feel like they’ve just entered the World Series of Poker. Those with only some experience will benefit from play against the AI, as well as online play and by watching the tutorial. But for experienced players, the game will feel like it has all the show of a Las Vegas casino, but with not enough of a risk/reward ratio to make you want to join the players club and head to a table.
49
PlayStation 2Lawrence (Jun 19, 2006)
While the online play might help the replay value a bit (especially with the scheduled tournaments on the official sites), it by no means warrants a purchase of this title. The experience pales in comparison to online poker, both in terms of cost and ease of play.
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XboxLawrence (Jun 19, 2006)
While the online play might help the replay value a bit (especially with the scheduled tournaments on the official sites), it by no means warrants a purchase of this title. The experience pales in comparison to online poker, both in terms of cost and ease of play.
48
WindowsIGN (Jun 01, 2006)
Stacked isn't the worst poker game we've ever seen, but it's also quite weak in comparison to many of the other titles we've seen recently. Its AI is mostly solid, but it generally doesn't play aggressively enough to put a whole lot of pressure on you, allowing you to sit back and dictate the course of play. The presentation on a whole is either poor and/or awkward, including the raise adjustment, menu navigation, visuals (specifically for the chips), lack of a reasonable create-a-player and more. These are essentially vital in any poker game and they really stick out when they're not done properly.
48
XboxIGN (Jun 01, 2006)
Stacked isn't the worst poker game we've ever seen, but it's also quite weak in comparison to many of the other titles we've seen recently. Its AI is mostly solid, but it generally doesn't play aggressively enough to put a whole lot of pressure on you, allowing you to sit back and dictate the course of play. The presentation on a whole is either poor and/or awkward, including the raise adjustment, menu navigation, visuals (specifically for the chips), lack of a reasonable create-a-player and more. These are essentially vital in any poker game and they really stick out when they're not done properly.
48
PlayStation 2IGN (Jun 01, 2006)
Stacked isn't the worst poker game we've ever seen, but it's also quite weak in comparison to many of the other titles we've seen recently. Its AI is mostly solid, but it generally doesn't play aggressively enough to put a whole lot of pressure on you, allowing you to sit back and dictate the course of play. The presentation on a whole is either poor and/or awkward, including the raise adjustment, menu navigation, visuals (specifically for the chips), lack of a reasonable create-a-player and more. These are essentially vital in any poker game and they really stick out when they're not done properly.
43
PSPGamingExcellence (Jan 04, 2007)
Throughout this review I’ve been really critical of how the features in the game have been disappointing and how the graphics and sound have been less than enjoyable. With this in mind I’m just as surprised as you may be to hear that the replay value I found in Stacked is actually quite high. I tend to have the game on (with the sound off for sanity reasons) quite regularly to play a few hands while watching TV or before bed. I’m not sure whether I attribute the replay value to the game itself or to my enjoyment of poker, but either way I can see myself playing it from now on in small doses. Poker is an exciting game to begin with and underneath all the supposed features, lame sound, long loading times, and dark unimpressive graphics is a poker simulation that makes me want to win the tournaments until I’m at the final table with the poker stars. I wouldn’t suggest buying this game for the gimmicks but would wait awhile for the price to drop and buy it as a pure and simple poker game.
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WindowsCheat Code Central (Jun 30, 2006)
When Daniel Negreanu announced his involvement with Stacked, people took notice. Expectations were moderate at least, as promises of a dynamic AI system that could outplay veterans was to be developed, challenging even the most seasoned players in their own living rooms. The jury is now in on this “dynamic” AI, and the rest of the package, and it seems that Daniel should have known to fold before this bomb hit the market.
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PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central (Jun 30, 2006)
Entire games dedicated to poker are usually a tough sell, seeing as how dozens of websites offer free games to play, but Stacked does nothing but sink the hopes of gamers looking for a way to improve their game at home. The tutorial sets the stage for a pleasurable experience, but shoddy game modes, AI, and visuals kill the moment. I can simply see no reason to drop any time or money into this title when you can get have a much better time and be social by playing poker with friends, coworkers, or with new people online for free.
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XboxCheat Code Central (Jun 30, 2006)
Entire games dedicated to poker are usually a tough sell, seeing as how dozens of websites offer free games to play, but Stacked does nothing but sink the hopes of gamers looking for a way to improve their game at home. The tutorial sets the stage for a pleasurable experience, but shoddy game modes, AI, and visuals kill the moment. I can simply see no reason to drop any time or money into this title when you can get have a much better time and be social by playing poker with friends, coworkers, or with new people online for free.