PokerStars' futuristic Power Up goes live for real money
The year 2047 is apparently going to be a wild one. If you don't believe me, just do a quick Google search. Doomsayers are saying we'll see singularity by then, the earth will hit the point of climate departure, and everyone will be just a couple of years away from whatever happens (no spoilers!) in Bladerunner 2049. So, yeah, it's going to be lit.
Fortunately, as of today, the folks at PokerStars are providing us with what 2047 looks like in their imagination. Poker is the same...but it's also wildly different. The story begins a little something like this...
Clean and renewable energy abounds, bioengineers have eliminated world hunger and the world remains connected at all times through Continuous Presence. However human nature demands competition which is satisfied through intellectual sport. The biggest of all of these, is Power Up. Key to its success and dominance are the nine powers, which require new strategies and approaches to be learnt to master the tactics for success.
This, folks, is the basis for Power Up, a new immersive poker game that turns normal traditional strategy on its head and gives players a chance to think about poker in a whole new way.
"Since the game's inception, we've been eagerly anticipating this moment and it's finally here," said Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations. "The team have worked incredibly hard to produce a brand new game which, by utilizing our custom engine, delivers incredible mechanics and an engaging universe. We are immensely proud of this major innovation to poker and we hope our players love it as much as we do."
Most of you will find play money versions available to you today. Players on the .EU client should be able to play real money games. Other markets, including .com and .UK, should be online very soon. Keep your eyes peeled for stakes including $1, $3, $7, and $15.
Just one look at this suggests you might be in for a whole new kind of game.
At its foundation, the game is still poker. In practice, there is a whole lot more to think about. If you're interested in playing, I'd suggest first checking out this handy How to Play Power Up Poker from Stephen Bartley.
The short version is this: you will become one of these futuristic folks, all of whom have their own story, personality, and ways of thinking about things.
After that, it will be game time, and that's where things will get a bit crazy. Not only will you get your cards just like you would in a normal game of poker, but you'll also have access to nine different powers that can turn the game in your favor...if you play them right. Need your opponent's full house to crumble? There's a trick for that. Need your four card flush to come in? Well, if you watched the video above, you know how that works.
It's layer upon layer of new strategy. It may not appeal to your grandfather who played five-card draw, but if you have an eye for the future, this might just be your game. What's more, PokerStars will be offering special promotions in the coming days to help introduce you to the game.
Once again, I encourage you to check out our How To Play Power Up page, and then keep an eye on your lobby for the launch of real money games.
Good luck, poker players of the future. May the powers be in your favor.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.