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Texas Hold Em’ Update November 28, 2006

Posted by dpcough in Xbox Live Arcade.
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This week’s Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays game will be… an update to Texas Hold Em’, nothing to get to excited about but this will help the game out a bit and speed up gameplay making it more fun. Xbox Live Vision Camera support is also being released early 2007.

  • Post the blind and play right away! – Players can now, if they wish, start playing immediately when joining a table by posting the big blind, rather than having to wait for the blind to come to them.
  • New ‘Away’ mode – Players can now set their status to ‘Away’. Hands will be auto-folded and blinds auto-posted until the player returns.
  • New ‘Auto-boot’ mode – Players who continuously let the timer expire (more than three times in a game) will be booted from the table.
  • Faster overall pacing – Timers and messaging durations have been adjusted to speed up game-play among experienced players, but still allow novice players plenty of time to play.
  • Improved blind structure – Initial blinds, as well as blind increases, are now more proportional to table stakes, ensuring more meaningful increases during game-play.
  • Matchmaking improvements – Players are no longer matched into games they cannot afford.
  • Improved interface controls – Improvements to controls, such as increasing/decreasing stake amounts.
  • Leaderboard display – A player’s full winnings and rank are now properly displayed.
  • Art and text improvements – Game art and spelling issues have been addressed.
  • Online exploits addressed – Certain known exploits that enabled cheating have been addressed. As a result, the online multi-player leaderboards will be reset to eliminate inflated scores as a result of these exploits.
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