Posted 14 July 2006 - 09:43 PM
I'm very disappointed that I bought Stacked with Daniel Negreanu for Xbox from Best Buy, where the return policy on opened software is only open to an exchange for the same product. Let me start by saying I will never purchase another product produced by Myelin Media ever again, and unfortunately I'll have to be weary of anything Daniel puts his name on in the future.First of all, it has been very hard for me to finish a single tournament in Stacked. I came in 1st in a MTT in the Single Player mode, and then after the tournament the game stopped working before I could save my progress due to a 'Dirty or Damaged' disc error. Fine, my Xbox is kind of old. So I took it to my parents house who have a brand new Xbox, and I wanted to get started on the career mode so I entered the V.I.P. Qualifier MTT, came in first, and then ran into the same problem, on a brand new Xbox, only played on for a handful of hours before my parents shelved it for their new Xbox 360.Okay, so the game wont save, that really sucks, but I can always forget about the single player and start playing online, but...I just don't think I want to play Stacked until it is patched or someone offers to buy it from me for the full retail price. I wrote a letter to Myelin Media customer support for Stacked regarding an issue in the game, and I honestly don't think I want to play a poker game made by a company that puts so little effort into figuring out the rules of poker before shipping their software.My biggest peeve with the game is that on several occasions, situations have come up where there should be a split pot, but the 'dealer' awards the pot to only one of the players eligible for the split. In situation A, there were two players in to the river on a board of AAJJJ. One player turned up K2, the other 33. The 'dealer' announced “Full House” and awarded the whole pot to the player with pocket 3's. Of course, in Hold'Em, the best 5-card hand wins, both players' best 5-card hand was AAJJJ, but the pot was awarded to the player with 33 instead of being split. Here is what a representative from Myelin Media had to say:“Hello,The player must make the best 5 card hand, but must include at least 1 of the cards from his hole cards, or 2. As the board is identical for all players, they then need to look to see the best hands that they can make using their whole cards. The pocket 3s is clearly the better hand to combine with the board, so the result is correct.Best Regards,Dan W. at Myelin Media Technical Supportsupport@myelinmedia.com”Of course, anyone who plays Hold'em knows that in every casino, brick and mortar and online, the best 5-card hand wins regardless of how many hole cards you use.This situation came up again when two players were all in before the flop, each holding A6o. By the river, the board had no possible flush, and each player had made a pair of sixes. The 'dealer' announced “Pair” and awarded the pot to one of the players, eliminating the other from the tournament. That should have been a split pot, they both had the same hand and were each using the same amount of hole cards to make that hand. Dan W, please explain that one.In conclusion, I am very disappointed with Stacked, and very upset that it is endorsed by one of my favorite poker players. Myelin Media doesn't take the game of poker seriously, and I think everyone would be best served to not take Myelin Media and their gaming products very seriously, either.