Last Call Poker
For anyone who was left wanting more from yesterday's post, this next Texas Hold'em poker game offers something a little different than most games in this category.
Launched sometime in late September, Last Call Poker combines elements of alternate reality games (ARGs) and online poker tournaments to do its bidding for Activision's soon-to-be-released wild west video game, Gun.
When you register with the site, you are given $10,000 in chips to play with as you wish. Begin by entering the Lobby and selecting a room to play in, but choose wisely. Review the description of each room to learn: what the stakes are ("NL" indicates No Limit poker), the number of players, the average pot for the room, the percentage of players still in after the flop, and the number of hands per hour. If it seems a bit scary at first, practice rooms exist for you to get a feel for the game's interface before risking your hard-earned cash.
Each week, the chips are reset, with everyone receiving at least 10 grand. Additional chips are awarded based on a reward structure and the relative achievements of each player. For example, Quicklinks are often exchanged at tables by visiting another player's profile and clicking on the "Add to my Quicklinks" button. Similar to adding someone to a buddy list, the number of Quicklink lists that you appear on can earn you additional chips each week.
How much you get out of the game depends on your relative involvement in the game. On the surface, it's an engaging and well-developed free-money online poker tournament with stats that get reset each week. For players who want to go a little deeper, the reward structure provides incentives to earn additional chips through involvement in the ARG.
The drama all started when Lionel "Lucky" Brown died and left an antique Navy Colt (the Gun) to his great-niece, Lucy Brown. Since then, the gun has changed hands, people have died, and seven (7) episodes have been released, so far, on the LCP website under the heading The Muck. It is there that you can learn all about the story, the characters, and possibly how to earn additional chips.
Once your chips are gone, you must wait until they are reset again, which is every Saturday at 3:00PM Eastern (GMT-5:00).
With thanks to Div for the link to the game, and cheers to Dr. Pangloss and Cindigirl for being such good company at the table. =)