Pokanoid

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Pokanoid Instructions

Move the paddle left and right with the mouse.

Pokanoid Walkthrough

Combining breakout style games with classic poker games, Pokanoid is an excellent online card game that gives you the best of both worlds. It's definitely one of the most challenging poker games online simply because it requires you to think fast, collect the cards you need for a good hand without literally dropping the ball. This intense and addictive game is a true test of any gamers skills regardless of whether they like the need for quick reflexes a game like this requires or the fun of playing poker. Each hand gives you a different amount of points so if you're looking to get a high score and increase your rank, you need to try to get the right hands.

Pokanoid uses the same basic value structure for its hands as any other online poker games would use. The only real difference is how you go about getting the cards to make those hands. A pair is worth 10 points. Two pair is worth 20 points. Three of a kind is 30 points. A Straight is worth 40 points. A flush (all cards in the same suit - hearts, spades, clubs, diamonds) is worth 60 points. A full house (a pair and three of a kind) is worth 90 points. Four of a kind is worth 150 points. A straight flush (cards of successive numbers all of the same suit such as the 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 of clubs) is worth 250 points. A royal flush (Court cards, the 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace, all of the same suit) is worth 500 points. Clearly, the full house, four of a kind, straight flush and royal flush hands are where the points are, but they're very difficult to get. Instead of focusing on what hands you want to get when you first start playing, focus instead on just trying to get anything. Focus on not dropping the ball and trying to get any cards you can. Once you get a little better at controlling the ball and aiming it, you can start getting fancy.

There are also many bonuses throughout Pokanoid you can get to help you get a better score. There are multiplier cards that multiply the score you get for a hand, bonuses that show all the cards of a certain suit, bonuses that make your paddle sticky so you can better aim your ball among many other very helpful bonuses. Don't worry about trying to chase bonuses too much when you first start out, though. You only have four shots unless you happen to get an extra life bonus. They're pretty hard to come by though, so it might be better to play smart.

Pokanoid offers three different options for game play which isn't overly common with online poker games. You can choose a short game which deals you only one deck, a long game which gives you three and a continuous game that gives you unlimited decks. Try out each of the different options and see which one you like the most. Regardless of what mode you choose, you're sure to have a blast with this entertaining online card game.