Irish social games developer Launches Texas Ask'Em Poker App for the iPhone at The Web Summit

Texas Ask’Em Poker is addictive, fun and simple to play! 

Tuesday 16 th October 2012 – For Immediate Release

Previously launched for Facebook last May at the Berlin Social Games Summit, Texas Ask’em Poker will now be available on the move through the new iPhone app for FREE!  The latest version of Texas Ask'Em Poker is being launched at the Dublin Web Summit taking place at the RDS this Wednesday and Thursday (17 th and 18 th October). 

This novel fun poker game, ingeniously combines trivia with Texas Hold'Em Poker.  Since its launch on Facebook, Texas Ask’Em Poker players have answered over 1 million questions, sent more than 750,000 invites to their friends and 44% of the ratings received for Texas Ask'Em Poker have been 5 Stars.

"We have loved and been amazed by the reaction that our fans have for Texas Ask'Em Poker,” says Neal O'Gorman, CEO and co-founder of OteetO and the inventor of Texas Ask'Em Poker, “to be honest we are a little concerned about some of our fans that play so often, some have answered over 35,000 questions in just 4 months, but it is refreshing to know that they are at least learning and having fun as they play Texas Ask'Em Poker.  Of course now they and all our fans have the opportunity to play more often with the release of our new iPhone version of the game".

Texas Ask'Em Poker is just like the Texas Hold'Em Poker already loved by millions, but with a trivia twist. Players compete for the best starting hand by answering a multiple choice question.  The cards in Texas Ask'Em are dealt face-down in pairs, but to the middle of the table, not yet to each player.  All players are then shown a multiple choice question and have to answer it as quickly as possible.  Players that answer correctly come first and are rewarded based on their answer times, players that answered incorrectly are randomly sorted last.  The player ranked first is given the best hand dealt, all the way down to the player ranked last receiving the worst hand.  Once all cards are dealt, regular Texas Hold'Em Poker follows.  Only after the poker hand is complete, the answer to the question is revealed along with the players answers which can lead to a few laughs.  But remember when it comes to poker it is not just down to the hand you are dealt, even the person that had the answer wrong can still win the poker hand - you still need to know when to fold'em!

Targeted at the existing online poker players the iPhone Texas Ask'Em app is not for players that play for real money just the fantasy and adrenaline rush that you get from playing with in effect monopoly money in the online world.  With over 40 million monthly facebook poker players and over 50% of facebook users accessing facebook via their smartphones, the Texas Ask'Em Poker iPhone app is appealing to the poker players that are looking for that extra challenge and additional entertainment value. While players can play for free and cannot win real money they can, if they wish to, spend money within the game through in-app purchases of virtual currency . The expectation is that only 3% of the players would actually purchase but this is the same business model behind the very successful Zynga Poker.

Poker players on facebook are predominantly male (75% male and 25% female) but OteetO feels that Texas Ask'Em Poker can appeal to a wider audience changing the demographics to 70% male and 30% female.  Currently only available in English this will be expanded into other languages in the coming months.

For anyone attending the Web Summit, they can take part in the Dublin Web summit Texas Ask'Em Poker Challenge at the Start-up Exhibitors Stage, where they can compete to win an exclusive Texas Ask’Em Poker Energy drink or poker chip.

Texas Ask'Em Poker is available on Facebook and iPhone but for those that are not part of the (recently announced) 1 billion people on Facebook they can also enjoy Texas Ask'Em Poker at

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