I’m not a huge fan of poker. I mean from professional poker, cash or even these no-obligation online poker games.

Maybe because I have to interact with strangers online, I find this pretty annoying. Besides that, I know a little bit about poker. I mean, I more or less learned the rules of one of the poker variations thanks to the classic Vegas stakes from Super NES.

I loved this game. And while it’s basically a casino game, I loved (and still love) the entire HAL classics package. The whole thing is that you arrive in Las Vegas with your friends, all with a certain amount of money and a dream of hitting the jackpot.

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Between matches you were approached randomly by NPCs asking for money here and there, for N reasons, sometimes nothing came, sometimes your kindness was rewarded because the guy won a truckload of money and gave you a share as a thank you.

But I’m not here to talk about Vegas stakes, but rather poker, which was featured in the Dead or Alive Xtreme series (as well as other casino mini-games) so I thought I already had a PhD in poker and could play how much … I don’t know who is the Kenny Omega of poker? Nevertheless.

I thought I was ready. Until the game of this review, Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Texas Hold’em caught me with my pants down.

Welcome to the Casino Miele poker tournament

As with every other game in the Pretty Girls series from Zoo Corporation, we don’t have a plot here, but you can improvise a good one. They were considered to be your town’s poker talent, but considering it was a town of 1653 and 2 clowns (clowns don’t count as residents) that’s no big deal.

One day you will discover the Norn Resort, which houses the Casino Miele, where a tournament with the best poker players in the world takes place. Determined to prove your worth, take your savings and try your luck in the tournament to see if your skills are truly exceptional or if you are just lucky.

Yes, I made this summary here in 7 minutes, and one of the ideas wasn’t even mine as the name Miele is the name of the restaurant featured in Catgirl & Doggirl Cafe, a visual novel by Norn / Miel.

Maybe I’ll talk about them sometime this year (spoilers from the future?).

Quite simply poker (in the Texas Hold’em variant)

Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Texas Hold'Em

The game is a simple poker game with little things that are typical of the Pretty Girls series.

First we choose a main opponent (we have four groups of 4 girls each), and in it we enter a match with her and two other random CPU-controlled characters (they have sprites, but they are not that important).

Each of the characters has 100 tokens and the goal is to get 100 tokens from the others. If you win the game, you will get a picture (of the four girls who make up that part over there). Build the complete picture (defeat the 4 girls one or more times) and pass it on to the next girls.

Do you remember mentioning Vegas Stakes and DOA Xtreme when I was talking about poker? Well, in these games we use the normal variant of poker where each player has their own hand that is hidden from others.

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The Texas Hold’em variant rules apply here, meaning that the only hidden cards are the top two and that is your hand. The other five cards are shared with all other opponents, which can give you an indication of what to expect from your opponent or how you will behave.

To explain how it works in principle with the first two cards, each player makes the initial bet of two chips (when it is the player’s turn he can increase the chip bet) and after this round the first 3 cards of the split hand .

Here the player (and the CPU) can switch to the next player (clockwise) without betting or betting more chips, the next player can cover the bet, increase the round or fold to minimize losses. And so it goes on for another two rounds, until all hands are revealed at the showdown, just like in normal poker. Then the one with the best hand wins.

Unlike games in the series that we discussed here (Pretty Girls Klondlike Solitaire and Pretty Girls Panic!)

Since you have to take the chips from the other 3 opponents, the matches take a while, because like in real poker everything depends very much on the randomness of the deck. Of course, one of the things you can do to force a win is bluffing.

Because part of being a good poker player’s strategy is the art of bluffing, playing a bait that will force players to fold. Sure, it can backfire, but it’s part of the game. And unlike the other two games mentioned here, you won’t finish every game in an hour, although platinum can come relatively quickly depending on your talent.

Not on the same level as the others

Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Texas Hold'Em

In terms of graphics and music, this is perhaps the weak point of Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Texas Hold’Em. Girls rarely show up as most of the focus is on the poker table. They’re still curvy, but they don’t have alternative clothing or anything like that.

The game presentation up to the start of the game is, so to speak, neat. But one thing I am highlighting here is: there are male sprites in the game, which surprised me.

The songs, like the other Zoo Corporation games, are royalty-free and not bad, but they’re not songs that will stay on your mind like the previous two games we reviewed. The girls’ lines are, in turn, lines from their original visual novels.

If you want cheap poker go for it

Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Texas Hold'Em

Poker games aren’t a lot of people’s beach, I know that very well. I can describe myself as open-minded about games, if not so much. Between pros and cons, however, Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Texas Hold’em is a great alternative for getting into debt online. As a bonus there are cute girls.

The game is available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 alongside the original PC version.

This analysis was performed on a digital copy of PlayStation 4 kindly provided by EastAsiaSoft.

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