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News - January 3, 2014

Online poker, reinvented — and legal

Local software engineer creates new version of skill-based poker

by Elena Kadvany

Online poker is a booming business.

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Posted by tester, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 3, 2014 at 9:49 am


Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on Jan 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

As a great fan of watching poker on TV I find this fascinating. Best of luck to Mr. Pfeiffer. And how about getting Palo Alto's own "Poker Brat" to try it out?!

Posted by registered user, Arthur Pfeiffer, a resident of Professorville
on Jan 4, 2014 at 9:10 am

This is Arthur Pfeiffer of ThwartPoker Inc. and I would like to clarify a few points in the above article about our free iPhone apps, Hold'em Blitz and Hold'em Battle and future online tournament Texas Block'Em. Note that these multiplayer games involve 3 face-up community cards dealt first followed by 4 rounds where players privately select cards from the same limited deck [portion removed.] Also, these apps should be played face-to-face against other live players since the competitive, psychological and bonding aspects of the direct human experience play such a critical role in shaping one's attitude toward a multiplayer game.

Posted by I'm a guy, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 5, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I'm boggled by grown men who spend so much energy playing games. For some it is even a lifetime occupation.
When I was young, being grown up meant having a real occupation, not playing games.

Posted by Harry, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm

I'm a grown man, and playing games is a super way to keep one's mind agile and sharp. I love strategy games, and ThwartPoker is among the best! Try it before you knock it.

Posted by Oppenheimer, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 18, 2014 at 11:55 am

Yes! Please test!