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Microsoft Might Be Beta Testing A Live Poker Game

A "highly confidential" email is leaked, and 1 Vs. 100's possible replacement is revealed.

Microsoft Game Studios let 1 Vs. 100 fadeaway , but it appears as if the publisher is still intent on making games with the same Primetime structure. Kotaku has obtained a supposed e-mail from Microsoft that calls for beta testers for a title named Texas Heat, a regularly scheduled live poker game that will ask players to "play, win, and compete, against thousands of players around the world." Texas Heat will feature a bankroll to keep track of winnings, and will somehow incorporate unique tells in addition to our custom avatar items and gear. Much like 1 vs. 100 before it, it will also shower winners with prizes as they compete online.

Interestingly, it appears as if Texas Heat is just one scheduled show under an umbrella called "Full House Poker." However, it's also the only game for Full House Poker mentioned in this alleged email.  
Sadly, information about Texas Heat and Full House Poker stops at "live" show. Microsoft doesn't even make it clear that Texas Heat will feature the often-televised and much more popular variant of standard poker, Texas Hold 'Em, though its inclusion is implied by the name alone.  

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With 1 Vs. 100 gone, I'd prefer The Weakest Link Live, but a poker game will do nicely too. Assuming that Texas Heat will be very similar to the first (and so far only) Primetime title, would you be willing to participate? Or are the ads, the odd transitions, and the structure too much for you?
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Posted By Zereta

If you let me play it from Singapore, hell yea.

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Posted By cookiearmyleader

if theres microsoft points involved that would be cool

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Posted By icytower38

Why couldn't we have both?
In all honestly I'd rather have 1 vs 100 over a poker game, I enjoyed playing that game with family & friends on a regular basis. The same family & friends will not be joining me for poker I can guarantee.

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Edited By Andorski

Ehh... don't care unless it's real money (or in this case, space bucks).  When was the last time poker was fun when there wasn't anything on the line?

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Posted By sheeeeeeep

I was a little bummed over losing 1 vs 100.  Replacing it with a poker game cheers me right up.

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Posted By first2die

Australians couldn't even access 1vs100 so I'm not too excited by this.

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Posted By TheGTAvaccine

Hmm, maybe Poker Night at the Inventory will teach me something about Poker and I can try this.

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Posted By WilliamRLBaker
@durden77 said:
" I miss my 1 vs. 100.  Shits gay "
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Posted By Mr_JPeps

live price is right is fading fast =[

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Posted By djames216

My first reaction to all this is thinking it strange to pull a quiz show in favour of online poker.  I would think that quiz games have a more universal and broader appeal than playing poker.  Plus there are already umpteen competive online poker sites out there, but how many online quiz shows are there?

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Posted By durden77

I miss my 1 vs. 100.
Shits gay

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Posted By louiedog

I'm so bummed that I missed 1 vs 100. I had a roommate who had an Xbox 360 so I got games and played them on that. He moved out a couple of weeks before it began and I didn't get myself a 360 until right after it ended.

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Posted By Baconator

I'll give this a shot but it's not making up for the cancellation of 1 vs. 100 which I miss a lot.

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Posted By sparklykiss

Drunken online trivia with friends > Drunken online poker with friends. Just sayin'.
But, hey, this sure beats the hell out of creepy chat-roulette UNO, so... I'd be for it.

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Posted By WaylonJennings

This plus poker face equals BEST NIGHT EVAR.

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Posted By Sevan

the first rule of the poker beta is: you do not talk about the poker beta. 
the second rule of the poker beta is: YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT THE POKER BETA! 
Third rule: anyone yells stop, goes limp, passes out... we collect data. 
lol. seriously, that email was intense. im really worried now that if i get in, Sony ninjas will sneak into my room when i go to the kitchen and take pictures or something... and then Microsoft will sue the hell out of me for leaving it running.

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Posted By tobygw

How about they cut the crap and just give me back my 1 vs 100.

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Posted By Strychnine

I'm in.  I just love playing poker (especially if I don't have to throw down any extra cash)!
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Posted By myzticaznfool

no thanks, i got my full tilt

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Posted By natetodamax

I would be interested in this way more than 1 vs. 100. 

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Posted By nicolenomicon

So they heard about Poker Night and decided to cash in?

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Posted By gakon

[card game term] [card game]

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Posted By Piranesi

Well, you could ask but I don't think Bob's available ... 
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Posted By carlthenimrod

I love to play Texas Hold 'Em so sign me up. I just hope I can win stuff or something.

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Posted By NikoBellic

I got a request to be part of the beta for this.  Email from Microsoft that I had to answer a questionnaire and they would be back in touch with me...d

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Posted By Garfield360UK

I am glad to see Microsoft possibly are considering a prime time return if this rumour turns out to be true. However I am sadened by it being a poker game, "The Weakest Link" or "Deal or No Deal" or "Who Wants to be a Millionaire"  would have been more accepted as a game for all to play really.
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Posted By Sil3n7

These live shows are really interesting and are really a great product of this "online all the time" environment we now live in

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Posted By LordAndrew
@TJSmash said:
" Why is Giant Bomb posting pics with Kotaku watermarks? "
Where else are they supposed to get an image for something that does not officially exist? That's where the image came from.
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Posted By Nekroskop

Screw Microsoft! I'd rather have a decent pokergame with a twist. 

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Posted By Meteora

I thought Microsoft completely gave up on Primetime.

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Posted By Hector

I hope this is true.

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Posted By confideration

thanks but no

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Posted By Dinoracha

I'm rather disappointed that 1 Vs 100 is gone; however, I'll give them props for bringing a new event up, not just scrapping these prime time things as a whole.
Well played, sirs.

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Posted By zudthespud

I love how game journalism now involves writing about what other websites are writing. 
Fair play Brad for the easy gig, I just think it's a waste of bandwidth.

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Posted By bwmcmaste
@Det1 said:
" @Killroycantkill said:
" I think the real question is; does it come with a pre order bonus hat for my Heavy in TF2? "
No, but you can earn avatar hats and achievements. "
...And it comes with a Daft Punk CD.
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Edited By subyman

No more beta solicitations to kotaku anymore lol.  Aren't you supposed to keep this stuff quiet when you receive it?  Actually, I got the email as well and here is a bolded line in it: 

   This beta program is highly confidential . Please do not discuss the game or the beta program with anyone.

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Posted By Skald

Wow, can't play internet poker anywhere else.

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Posted By marrec

Fuck this, I want 1 vs. 100. I can't play Poker against my Wife while we're sitting on the same couch like we could with 1 vs. 100. 

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Posted By Det1
@Killroycantkill said:
" I think the real question is; does it come with a pre order bonus hat for my Heavy in TF2? "
No, but you can earn avatar hats and achievements.
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Posted By Killroycantkill

I think the real question is; does it come with a pre order bonus hat for my Heavy in TF2?
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Posted By timmysprinkles
@DiscoDuck8k said:
" Poker, seriously? I'd much rather have the trivia. "
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Posted By Jack_Daniels

Could be fun if done right. A poker tournament takes more then an hour though when you have lots of players. One round of poker takes about an hour. Also this will only be fun if its no limit. 

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Posted By patrick
@tsigo said:
" People still care about poker? "
what is this i don't even
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Posted By mekon
@TJSmash said:
" Why is Giant Bomb posting pics with Kotaku watermarks? "
Credit where it's due?
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Posted By TJSmash

Why is Giant Bomb posting pics with Kotaku watermarks?

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Posted By tsigo

People still care about poker?

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Posted By Magicallystoopid

This is actually a cool idea, just Chris Cashman to host it and I'll gladly do it.

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Posted By elwillow

I don't mind the ads. For stuff to be free it a necessary evil.

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Posted By Ignor

Will it have Kinect support?

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Posted By Azteck

Oh wait, I just realized I'd never play it anyway because it'll probably NEVER BE AVAILABLE IN EUROPE LIKE USUAL.

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