While the poker simulation Cowboy Casino has more bells and whistles than the competition — including sardonic interjections from live-action opponents — it can’t escape the genre’s main failing: You can never tell if the computer is dealing straight. This is fine if all you want to do is learn how to play the game, but experienced hands will find it unnerving to get four fifths of the way through a diamond flush, only to be busted by a 10 of clubs. B-
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