XBLA Wednesdays Brings Us Texas Hold’em Update

thla.jpgWell, instead of going with a brand new title for tomorrow, Microsoft has decided to push out an update to their free Live Arcade title Texas Hold’em. The update is designed to speed up game-play, eliminate cheating, and ensure proper competition. Due to the update effecting the point system, the leaderboards will be reset to put all poker players back on equal footing. Additionally, Microsoft made mention of a future update happening in the first part of next year which will add support for the Xbox Live Vision Camera.

Continue reading for a list of all the updates which will be available early tomorrow morning.

  • Game-play has been sped up:
  • Post the blind and play right away! – Players can now, if they wish, start playing immediately when joining a table by posting the big blind, rather than having to wait for the blind to come to them.
  • New ‘Away’ mode – Players can now set their status to ‘Away’. Hands will be auto-folded and blinds auto-posted until the player returns.
  • New ‘Auto-boot’ mode – Players who continuously let the timer expire (more than three times in a game) will be booted from the table
  • Faster overall pacing – Timers and messaging durations have been adjusted to speed up game-play among experienced players, but still allow novice players plenty of time to play.
  • Improved blind structure – Initial blinds, as well as blind increases, are now more proportional to table stakes, ensuring more meaningful increases during game-play.
  • Matchmaking improvements – Players are no longer matched into games they cannot afford
  • Improved interface controls – Improvements to controls, such as increasing/decreasing stake amounts
  • Leaderboard display – A player’s full winnings and rank are now properly displayed
  • Art and text improvements – Game art and spelling issues have been addressed
  • Online exploits addressed – Certain known exploits that enabled cheating have been addressed. As a result, the online multi-player leaderboards will be reset to eliminate inflated scores as a result of these exploits.

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