Vegas poker table: picture yourself next to a California movie starlet and a slick undercover cop. Four others round out the table. The cards are dealt on The Flop. Bets go down, players fold. Tensions rise for The Turn. A one-eyed Jack stares you down. Carrie, the Hollywood hottie, starts to twitch as you up the ante. Two more players fold but Mike the cop is staying tough as the The River reveals Jack’s brother and a King to boot. All bets are in and the showdown begins!

Poker anyone? Few games personify America more than this home-grown classic. From its roots in the country’s Wild West to today’s electric casinos, poker has influenced how we gamble. And Texas Hold’em is today’s most popular variety. Hell, its so pervasive, we even have ESPN covering it and calling it a sport! So it is no surprise that videogames have been created to give users a feel of the casino in the comfort of their home.

The key is to create a game that truly mimics the nuance of a real casino. It not just the game, it’s the atmosphere, the personalities, the bluffing, the luck of the draw. A realistic game needs a clever mixture of these digital components to transport you to the virtual Vegas table. And that’s what MonkeyPaw delivers with our new release, Ante Up: Texas Hold’em, to be released on the Nintendo DSiWare™ service on January 24th for 500 Nintendo DSi Points.

If you’ve played Texas in the casino, this is as close as you’ll come without being there. Story Mode allows you to choose from twelve CPU players or play with your buddies in Free Play Mode, which allows up to 8 total players. Our Stat Tracking System (called My Room) allows you to see everything from your total win/loss record, to your winning rates and best hands.

This is what Texas Hold’em is all about. Time to take stock of your gambling guts.

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