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Ifyou'veneverplayedcasinostyleHold'Em,theobjectistotakeeveryoneelse's

moneyandifyou'veeverplayedinanactualcasino,itdoesn'ttakelongtofigure

thisout.Mostpeoplestayinwithbadhandsfartoolong.Ifyoudon'thavethe

cards,goaheadandfold.(NoavoidingtheobviousreferencetoacertainKenny

Rogerssong.)Justaswithmanygamblinggamesandeventhestockmarket,

yourgoalshouldbetonotlosemoneyasmuchasitistoactuallymakemoney.

What'sgreataboutTexasHold'EmKingisthatmostofthegameishandled

automatically.Youdon'thavetohitanykeysuntilyouactuallyhavetomakea

decision.Thisisquitenicebecausethegamegoesjustslowlyenoughforyouto

recognizewhattheotherplayersaredoing,yetit'sfastenoughtokeepyour

interest.

Whenit'syourturntobet,yourlowestpossibleplaytostayinthegameis

selected.Ifyouwanttoraisethebet(orfold),usethetrackwheeltoincrease

yourbet.Ifyouwanttofold,scrolldownonthetrackwheelandchooseFold.

ClickthetrackwheelorusetheEnterkeytomakeyourselection.



You'llnoticethatifnoonehasincreasedthebet,you'llgettheoption

toCheckwithoutanoptiontofold.Justlikeifyouwereatareal

casino,youwouldbehappytostayinthegamewithoutriskingany

moremoneytoseeanothercardturnedover.Soevenifyouhavea

badhand,you'dwanttocheck,ifpossible,toseeifyourhand

improves.



ConsideringyourBlackBerrydeviceisnoXbox,thegraphicsarefantastic(see

Figure3-2).Theopponentslinethetopofthescreen,andyoucanseethe

amountof(virtual)moneyeachhasleft.Theyellowtokenindicatesthedealer.

Inthefirstgame,everyonestartsoutwith$500,andthereare$5and$10blinds.

Asyoucontinuetowingames(notjustindividualhands),yougraduatetogames

withhigherstakes.

Figure3-2.Asingle-playergame(youneedtofoldthissorryhand)



Afterthe"rivercard"isplayed,thegamedeterminesthewinnerandallthechips

gotowardthewinningplayer.Thewinner'scardsareoutlinedaswell,soitseasy

tospotwhohaswonwithoutcomparingeveryone'shands(nottomentiontrying

torememberwhichhandwins:astraightoraflush).



3.2.2.PlayOnline

ThemostinnovativefeatureofTexasHold'EmKing2istheonlineplay.You

canjoinpublictablesorsetupyourowntablethatisopentoall,oryoucan

requireapasswordtojoin.Youcanevenmaintainabuddylistofplayersyou've

playedwithbeforetoseewhentheyareonline.

Tojoinanonlinegame,you'llneedtocreateanaccountwithMagmic,which

youcandofromwithinthegame.Also,youdon'thavetoregister(andtherefore

pay)toplayonlineyouhavefullaccesstoallthefeaturesduringyourtrial.To

createyouraccount,youneedtoselectausernameandsupplyapasswordand



emailaddress.Onceyouraccountiscreated,you'reallset.Toplayonline,you

willneedtohaveaccumulatedsomemoneyplayingthesingleplayermodeor

theonlinemode.Whenyoujoinanonlinetable,youchoosewhatportionofthe

moneyyou'veearnedyou'dliketobringtothetable.Becarefulnottojoina

tablewithtoolittlemoneytobecompetitive.Ifyouhavetheleastamountof

moneyofanyoneatthetable,youareaprimetarget.Also,justlikeinareal

casino,youcan'tgogetmorechipsinthemiddleofahand.



Ifyou'restillinthemiddleofasingle-playergameandyou'dliketo

leavethetableandjoinanonlinegame,you'llbeaskedifyouwantto

leavethetableandtakeyourmoneysoyou'llhavesometoplaywith

online.



TheonlinetableswillhaverealBlackBerryusersandAIopponents.Thehuman

opponentswillhavetheirMagmicusernameabovetheirheadatthetable;theAI

opponentswilllookexactlyastheydointhesingle-playermode(seeFigure33).

Figure3-3.AnonlinegamewithahandI'mgettingreadytofold



Ifyou'renotbraveenoughtojointheonlinegames,youcanuploadthescores

you'veachievedinthesingle-playergameandseewhereyourankamongother



players.Magmicalsoholdsoccasionalcontestswithactualprizesforthe

winners.



Hack33.PlayChess



Practicetobecomeagrandmasterfromanywhereusingthisthird-party

game.Takeyourskillsonlineandcompetewithotherplayers.

AnotherwinnerfromMagmicGames(http://www.magmic.com)isMedieval

KingsChess2.ThegraphicsandqualityoftheMagmicgamesareimpressive,

andthisoneisnodifferent.MedievalKingsChess2letsyouplaychessonyour

BlackBerryfromanywhere.Onceyou'vehonedyourskills,youcantakeyour

gameonlinetocompeteagainstotherBlackBerryusers.

TheprogramcanbeinstalledfromMagmic'sdownloadpagejustfollowthesame

installationinstructionsasTexasHold'EmKing2[Hack#32].



3.3.1.StartPlaying

LikeMagmic'sTexasHold'EmKing2,thisprogramcomeswithaseven-day

trial.Afterthesevendayshaveelapsed,youcanpurchaseakeyatMagmic's

websitefor$9.95.ToplayanofflinegameagainsttheAIthat'sbuiltintothe

software,chooseNewGamefromthemainmenu.TheCreateNewGame

windowappears(seeFigure3-4),andyoucanchoosefromvarioussettingsfor

yourgame.Youcanselectthegamemode(Playervs.CPUorPlayervs.Player),

piececolor,youropponent'sskilllevel,andthepiecesetandboardtype.

Figure3-4.CreateNewGamescreen



TheoptionsforthedifficultyofthegamerangefromBeginner(KingArthur)to

VeryHard(WilltheConqueror)allthewaytoMaster(GenghisKahn).The

Beginnerlevel,asyou'dexpect,isquiteeasytobeatalthoughitdidn'ttakelong

fortheMasterleveltodashmyhopesofglory!

UseyourtrackwheeltoscrollbetweensettingsandtheEnterkey(orclickthe

trackwheel)totogglebetweenthevaluesforaparticularsetting.Whenyou're

readytoplay,scrolldowntoBeginGameandplanyourattack!

Oncethegamebegins,yourpieceswillbeonthebottomandyouropponents

willbeonthetop.Theclevercontrolsmakethisgamesurprisinglysimpleto

moveyourpieces.Whenit'syourturntomove,usethetrackwheeltoscroll

betweenyourpiecesandusetheEnterkey(orclickthetrackwheel)toselectone

tomove.Thepiecewillbehighlighted,indicatingitisselected.Whenapieceis

selected,thetrackwheelisthenusedtoscrollbetweenallthepossiblemovesitis

abletomake,giventhepositionoftheotherpiecesontheboard.InFigure3-5,

I'veselectedtheknightinpositionB1andamusingthetrackwheeltotoggle

betweenthetwopossiblemoves.

Figure3-5.TheknightinB1isselected



3.3.2.OnlinePlay

Magmichasbuiltsomeexcellentonlinefeaturesintothegame.Youcanplaya

randomonlineopponentorsetupaprivategamewithapasswordsoyoucan

coordinateagamewithafriend.Youcanalsouploadyourrecordagainstthe

built-inAItoMagmic'sonlineleaderboardstocompareagainstotherplayers

(http://www.magmic.com/commons.php?direct=highscores).

Figure3-6showstheonlinemenuyou'llseeafteryouloginwithyourMagmic

accountandpassword.YoucancreateanaccountinthegameoronMagmic's

website(http://www.magmic.com).Youcanjoinandplayupto15onlinegames

simultaneously(Ican'timagineanyonecomplainingthatthatnumberistoo

low!).However,thegamestateisstoredonMagmic'sgameservers,soyoucan

startagamethatlastsfordaysandonlymakeacouplemovesadayasyourtime

permits.

Figure3-6.Theonlinemenu



Atthetimeofthewritingofthisbook,thegamehasonlyrecentlybeenreleased

andtheonlineactionissomewhatsporadic,sodon'tcancelyourXboxLive

accountjustyet.Iwouldexpectthisgametogainmomentumquickly,giventhe

onlinegamingfeaturesandthelowpricepoint.



AllcommunicationwiththeMagmicserversflowsoverHTTP,so

yourfirewallprobablywon'tmindthetrafficifyou'reaBESuser

usingtheMobileDataService.



Hack34.PlayFreeJavaGames



Thereareseveralfreegamesyoucandownloadandplayonyourdevice,

butdon'tblameuswhenyourproductivitydeclines.

Therearetimeswhentheescapethatcomesfromplayingagameisjustwhat

youneed.Whetheryou'rekillingtimewaitingonthenextlegofyourflightor

postponingthatprojectthatyou'vebeendreading,thereareseveralfreegames

thatwillworkonyourBlackBerry,ifyouknowwheretolook.

Midlet.org(http://www.midlet.org)hasanicerepositorythathaslinkstothe

over-the-airinstallsforseveralgames.Althoughagoodpercentageofthegames

therearenolongeravailable,manystillareandwillserveyourneedto

procrastinatejustfine.Don'texpectanygametomatchthe3Deffectsand

realismofyourXbox,however.



Ifyou'reusingtheBlackBerryInternetBrowser,youmayhavea

problemwiththe.jadfileformats.TryusingtheWAPbrowser(the

mModeiconforCingular,theDownloadFunicononT-Mobile,etc.)

oranMDS-enabledBlackBerryBrowserifyourunintoproblems.



3.4.1.MonkeyMadness

MonkeyMadnessisavailableat

http://midlet.org/repository/zendog/monkeymadness/MonkeyMadness.jad.Itis

similartotheoldRampagegameyouarean800-poundgorillathathastodestroy

buildingsandpeoplebeforetheykillyou.Usethespacebartopunchthe

buildingsonthescreenuntiltheycrumbletotheground.Therearepeopleinthe

buildingswhoareshootingatyou,however.Itisaraceagainsttimeastheir



bulletsslowlywearyoudown(seeFigure3-7).

Figure3-7.MonkeyMadness



3.4.2.SpaceTravel

SpaceTravelisagamereminiscentoftheoldAsteroidsgame,minusthe

shooting.Itisavailableat

http://midlet.org/repository/sabbir/spacetravel/SpaceTravel.jad.Youarea

spaceshipthathastonavigateaspacefieldofasteroidsandotherobjects.You

trytocollectasmanybluemoonsasyoucanwhileavoidingtheotherobjects

(seeFigure3-8).

Figure3-8.SpaceTravel



3.4.3.Swarm

Swarmisavailablefrom

http://midlet.org/repository/zeroindex/swarm/Swarm.jadandisverysimilarto



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