Want to add a little fun free app for your Kindle? Whether you use Kindle on your PC, your smartphone or you buy Kindle Wireless Reading Device (Now only $139.00!!)., here is a free fun application and diversion for you to increase the value of your Kindle. Well, right now, for a limited time, Amazon is offering a FREE Video Poker Download for Kindle devices. This active Kindle game (which should work on the Kindle 2, Kindle 3, or Kindle DX) mimics the “Jacks or Better” single-player video poker games you might see at bars or in Vegas casinos. You start with 100 credits and choose an amount to bet, and are dealt 5 cards. You are able to hold whichever cards you’d like (from none up to keeping all 5), and then get new cards to replace the ones you discarded. The goal is to get the best poker hand you can. There is a list of payouts, ranging from a pair of Jacks or better that pays back your original bet, two pair pays 2-to-1, a full house pays 9-to-1, and so on up to 800-to-1 for a royal flush.
Gameplay is fairly simple, although a bit slow given the limits of the Kindle’s e-Ink screen. It takes a few moments to update your chip count once each hand is over, but the delay is hardly unbearable. (It should go without saying that the graphics are in black & white, but they are done pretty well and everything is clear on my K3.) Your cards are spread across the bottom of the screen, and you press the Q or W buttons to hold card 1, E or R to hold card 2, and so on using the top row of the keyboard (the corresponding buttons are always shown on the screen just below your cards). Then you press the enter key or the 5-way controller, and you receive your new cards and your payout (if any) is calculated and added to your total. The game didn’t suffer any lag or crashes in the limited time I’ve played with it so far.
The game also offers hints, which you can optionally turn on or off. Even better, you can have it suggest the optimal play (which cards to hold and which to discard) only when you make a sub-optimal choice. It provides a list on the right side of the screen showing which hands are better than others — keeping a low pair is better than keeping 4 to an open-ended straight, for example. It’s very helpful for learning the optimal strategies.
It also tracks statistics, including your highest chip count, number / percentage of hands won, number / percentage of each poker hand you’ve gotten (pair, two pair, three of a kind, etc.), and both the percentage and longest streak of making the optimal play. You can save your game and resume later.
All in all, it’s a fun little diversion, a little something extra for your Kindle in between books.
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