Friday, September 22, 2006

Simpsons Poker

I’m not sure when it happened but everyone seems to be completely and utterly devoted to Poker. Maybe it’s the magazines that have sprung up all over the place, maybe it’s the stories of people winning millions, or maybe it’s the ease you can hop online and play someone around the globe? Whatever the reason Poker is now a part of our culture and I’ve decided it’s time I embrace it, or at least learn the rules!


In order to help myself get acquainted I decided that rather than enter a seedy poker den or online tournament only to get hustled out of £100,000 I’d opt for Simpson’s Poker instead. It even includes chips so you don’t have to worry about losing your life savings when entertaining guests. There’s also something about the Simpson’s character artwork which makes the whole thing a little less serious and easier to pick up.

The set itself comes with a 54-card deck, 200 Simpson’s chips, instructions and what’s called a chip rack. Well not really, the chip rack is actually the case the chips come in inside the box, but you it does allow you to rack up the chips so I’ll let them off. There’s also instructions teaching you how to play Texas Hold’Em, 7-Card Stud and 5-Card Draw.


Yes I have no idea what I just said either, but the instructions are there to help point you in the right direction. Always wondered what a straight flush, or full house are but never wanted to ask? Well it’s all explained here, the instructions also list which of these sets of cards outrank each other. Long story short a Royal Flush beats everything and that’s 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace.

The cards themselves are well made and feature a different Simpson’s theme for each suit. So Spades represent the Powerplant employees and Diamonds represent the Simpson’s family. The artwork is brilliant too and keeps the mirror-image style you’ll find on every other pack of cards. It’s put to good use as Bart spray paints and Lenny eats donuts, in fact it’s even better then last weeks Uno artwork.


Once again it seems the Simpson’s folks have delivered another solid card game package. It’s a nice fun alternate to high risk stakes and excessive gambling so for those who want to finally get in to poker it’s a nice place to begin.

You can buy Simpsons Poker here, or for more Flair Poker sets see below:

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