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Microsoft announces free-to-play poker game for Xbox and Windows 8

World Series of Poker: Full House Pro to launch this spring

World Series of Poker: Full House Pro, a free-to-play card game, is set to release for Xbox 360 and Windows 8 this spring, Microsoft has announced.

Promising a range of game modes, from single player bouts to full online tournaments, Microsoft hopes to give "players the authenticity of a live WSOP event, delivering the most realistic poker experience possible to TVs and Windows 8 devices around the world."

The feature sheet covers cross-platform compatibility, allowing players to continue their games on Xbox and Windows 8 devices, and commentary from ESPN announcers Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.


Full House Pro forms part of Microsoft's recent investment in the free-to-play model. Multiple free-to-play games are apparently on their way to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, including the boggling mash-up of high fantasy combat and asynchronous multiplayer features that is Ascend: New Gods.

Find the full Full House Pro feature list below the trailer. Any card-sharps in the house?

- Free-to-Play-Jump in and play with real competitors any time, day or night. Don't worry about losing your chips either, because each day you will receive a free stack of chips to kick start your climb up the leaderboard where you can challenge players at any level you wish.
- With a constant stream of updates and new content, there will always be a reason to come back and see what's new.
- Pick up and play across Xbox 360 and Windows 8 platforms. This means you can resume your game anytime, anywhere.
- Variety of Game Modes - From single-player mode, to single-table games and full-blown tournaments, you never need to worry about finding a game that suits your style.
- World Series of Poker (WSOP) on ESPN announcers Lon McEachern and Norman Chad provide commentary during play, giving gamers the authenticity as if they were on ESPN playing in the WSOP.
- Delve into the single-player game and learn the ropes before jumping online to test your mettle with specialty games including eight head-to-head Pro Takedowns, and an All-in Pro Takedown Tournament.

By Alex Hawksworth-Brookes