Prominence Poker is a free-to-play, virtual currency Texas Hold’em Poker game (no real money involved), which is set in the city of Prominence, in a gambling utopia founded by crooked goons and criminals. The game has you go head to head against four different factions, working your way up to a final showdown with “The Mayor”, the mysterious town founder.
Prominence Poker is essentially a multiplayer poker game with RPG elements. These elements include the ability to purchase in-game cosmetic items for your avatar, as well as a leveling up system, which primarily rewards in-game cash, as well as unlocking new cosmetic items to purchase for your avatar.
For a game, which at its core is a simple Texas Hold’em simulator, the graphics and visuals surprisingly, go above and beyond what you would normally expect from the genre. This makes Prominence Poker much more engaging than most other poker games you can find on PC or console.
The game features a single-player campaign to start you off, which as explained earlier, pits you against four different factions of criminals before the final game against “The Mayor”. The single player campaign is a great way to get you introduced to the game and does a good job of teaching you the basics of poker if you’ve never played before. We recommend you check out the official poker hand rankings, as they are crucial to understanding the game.
Playing single player rewards you with cash and ‘rep’, the resource required to level up your character. Whilst single player is fun to begin with, the real fun begins when you jump into multiplayer games.
In a multiplayer game you can join up to 5 other players in real time. The game plays just like you would expect from Texas Hold’em Poker, with a number of ways to communicate with your opponents, including voice chat and various emotes. There are currently three different multiplayer game modes, these include:
- Tournament (6 Players)
- Ring Game (Drop In/Drop Out Poker)
- Head to Head (1 vs. 1)
Whilst the game is available on PC, Xbox One and PS4, cross-platform play isn’t available yet. However Microsoft has recently expressed interest in allowing cross-platform play between systems, so this may be something that you can look forward to in the future.
As with the majority of free-to-play games, Prominence Poker does include micro-transactions, which may put a lot of people off. However the game handles this well, with multiple options available for you to earn money to continue playing, including single player games and receiving a daily stipend that is based on your current level.
My only issue with the game is that the AI opponents in single player can be quite predictable. Once you are familiar with how the AI opponents tend to play, single player can become a bit of a breeze.
The games most recent update brings a new ‘Quick Play’ feature to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions, allowing players to jump into an un-ranked game immediately on starting the game.
At the top of the main menu is a new option, simply titled ‘Quick Play’. Selecting this option, Prominence Poker will add you into the first available game, minimizing your wait time. As a default, ‘Quick Play’ will search for tables with buy-ins that are 5% of your total bankroll. If you’re looking to play higher stakes games, you can change this default buy-in number between 5% and 80%.
You can let the Prominence Poker team know what you think of the latest update by visiting their forums.
Prominence Poker takes the Poker genre one step further than it’s free-to-play Poker competitors, offering a high level of customization and visuals that you won’t find in many other Poker games.
The ‘RPG’ elements to the game play such as leveling up by gaining rep are executed well and don’t take away from the gameplay in any way. Micro-transactions may put players off but the game handles this well, giving you multiple ways to earn more money to play.
Prominence Poker is updated regularly with new content, features and bug fixes. There are also regular events for player to take part in, keeping the game fresh and exciting. You can see the event calendar here.
Poker fans will enjoy Prominence Poker, and if you’ve never played poker before, we recommend giving Prominence Poker a try.
Prominence Poker is available on PC (Steam), Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and is free-to-play with micro-transactions.