When Alan Curtis requested me to take a look at the 5pmPoker.com which is a new free Ajax-based Texas Hold’em Poker playing site. Honestly, I was confused about myself for a moment. Sorry to say it but I don’t know how to play poker, I’ve only have the technical idea of the game. But the thrive to explore the technology behind it, I couldn’t resist to peek a look at it. Yes they have proven that a web based game can be fun and interactive even it is not using flash. I was surprised with the site features, application and graphics. The site is not about gambling, its about having fun and being able to play with family and friends using friendly-looking characters while learning the game. The browser-based game was developed using the Google Web Toolkit, while the illustrations and animation elements were drawn by one of the regular artists of MAD Magazine (DC Comics), Tom Richmond. You will get the feel of the graphic once you are there. Tom’s incredible work was matched by his professionalism and understanding of the requirements in the digital workspace.
The site features public tables with up to eight players and varying chip stakes. It also has the Internets only tournament-on-demand feature, where players can start heads-up tournaments at any time with different chip rewards for the top three finishers. There is a chat feature so players can communicate directly with each other, and a side panel shows the probability of your hand winning and the likelihood of hitting each of the possible poker hands. Why not we take a look the features this site is giving you for free.
- Capable of playing with 2 – 8 player in a table
- Rich graphics and character cartoons, they are simply awesome
- Tournaments on demand, Public tables and Private tables options
- Communicate between players via integrated chat
- Probability panel for checking your hand winning and the likelihood of hitting each of the possible poker hands
- Less ads, I’ve only noticed a few google adsense ads
The Screen cast (Yes pictures always says a thousand words):
People behind the Scene:
5pmPoker.com is developed an managed by Digital Beach Software located in Southern California and Honolulu. The company was started by Alan Curtis and John Randall, two software industry veterans and creative innovators. Curtis has been developing software for 20 years, he most recently spent 5 years as Chief Technical Officer and two years as head of Corporate Development at Peerless Systems, a NASDAQ-listed public company. Similarly Randall has been developing software for 20 years and is an alumni of Apple and E-Trade. Randall specializes in the design and development of interactive web applications with an emphasis on creating innovative GUI experiences.
Well I guess you have enough of the information. I can just add 2 cents that this site just bring up the fire inside me to learn the game. You might not take my word as granted so take a time out now and head to 5pmPoker.com to make yourself believe. Creation of account is free along with fun provided.