Apple goes all in on classic Texas Hold’em app


Apple Texas Hold’em
The updated version of Apple’s Texas Hold’em doesn’t need a clickwheel to play.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

If you loved playing Texas Hold’em on your iPod in 2006, we have great news for you. Apple has brought this classic game back with a significant redesign.

And, unlike the original version, it’s free.

Apple’s own version of Texas Hold’em quietly reappeared in the App Store, which notes:

Apple’s Texas Hold’em is back! To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the App Store, we’ve brought back one of its first games, a popular classic. Originally created for iPod, then brought to iPhone, fans will love the polished redesign, featuring new characters, more challenging gameplay, and stunning graphics for the newest iPhone and iPod touch. Players will also love that it’s free to play—for the very first time.

The new version lets players take on 24 computer-controlled opponents, or up to 8 friends over Wi-Fi. It offers 10 different locations, from Las Vegas to Macau.

This application is available now on the App Store. It requires iOS 12 or greater. Sorry, Mac users.

A very brief history of Apple’s Texas Hold’em

This version of Texas Hold’em really debuted on the iPod and was controlled by the clickwheel.

An iPhone version debuted when that platform launched, and like its predecessor was $4.99. Even back then it supported multi-player over Wi-Fi.

And now it’s been updated for 2019. The company recently revived the iPod line too, so this seems appropriate.