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Peter Franke
Germany
Unspecified
Unspecified
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9
Aug 2007*
Is this the year of Phalanx Games? Chicago Poker is the third outstanding release from Phalanx in this year. I have played 2, 3, and 5-player games so far - all were exciting and different. Complexity is low, Czarne´s very good artwork adds a lot to the game, too. (I still rate Before the Wind and Age of Discovery somewhat higher than Chicago Poker but I´m very satisfied with this game.)
2007-08-03*
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Gordon Robinson
United Kingdom
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
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8
Oct 2010
Played 5+ Play with the family. It gets my other half to turn off the TV and join me and our son for an hour of pleasant banter around the dinning room table. How brilliant is that. Priceless. *UPDATE* Several plays later and this game is failing to interest like it used to, I'll drop my rating. Sept 08 *UPDATE* As a family 3 player game with 18 year old som and wife this was enjoyed while on holiday. Rating back up again. Oct 10
2010-10-31
Owned
United States
NJ
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8
Aug 2008*
If played fast, this game is fun.
2009-04-02
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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8
Nov 2007*
A fast way to lose your shirt, or is that your life given the mob action?
2007-11-10*
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Steve Kearon
United Kingdom
Cardiff
Wales
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8
Feb 2008*
Vaguely like Battle Line (with poker hands) to win businesses. Three actions each turn (any mix of draw card & play card).

Only played 2 or 3 player games (without special cards), and with this number, and played quickly, its a good little game. Not sure I'd like to try it with 6 thinkers though.
2010-12-03
Owned
Achim Nieder-Vahrenholz
Germany
Krefeld
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8
Feb 2008*
Wenn keine Grübler am Tisch sitzen, ist es ein schöner Absacker.
2008-02-20*
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Matt K
United States
Overland Park
Kansas
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8
Nov 2014
Feels like multi player Battleline which I love as a two player game. This is easy to teach non-gamers and worked well following our Thanksgiving meal. I'll be taking this to more family events in the future.
2014-11-28
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Petra Leikowski
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8
Apr 2009*
Quite good illustrated family-game. It reminds me in Lost Cities with more players.
2009-04-30
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Netherlands
Rijen
Noord Brabant
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7.5
Aug 2008*
Not poker, but a nice game that uses poker elements.

4 plays
2010-07-23
Péter Molnár
Hungary
Budapest
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7
Sep 2009*
Na most kovezzetek meg de megint rosszul jatszottuk elsore. 6 hires/hirhedt gengszter borebe bujhatunk akik a kulonbozo szorakozohelyeken az iranyitast probaljak megszerezni. Mindenki probal a kezebol minnel nagyobb erteku pokerben is hasznalt variaciot letrehozni es akie a legertekesebb, megszerzi az iranyitast. A csavar a dologban, hogy itt 5 szin van (gondolom azert, hogy sima francia kartyaval ne lehessen jatszani) es 1-15 -ig vannak a kartyak ertekelve. Ezert a legnagyobb es legertekesebb kombinacio az 5 egyforma es megtalalhato egy masik idaig nem ismert is a rainbow flush ami 5 kulonbozo szinu lapbol letrehozott sort jelent. 4 kulonbozo szinu szorakozohely lapka talalhato a jatekban. Az a jatekos nyer aki legeloszor gyujti ossze az osszes szint, vagy 3-at egy szinbol, vagy 5 barmilyen lapkat. Es akkor jojjon, hogy mit jatszottunk rosszul. Minden jatekos a kore folyaman 3 cselekvest hajthat vegre, vagy huz lapot vagy kijatszik es ezek kombinacioja. Mi huztuk a lapokat ezerrel es raktuk ossze a brutalis kombokat igy szamomra erthetetlen volt, hogy egy sima parral, hogy is lehet nyerni. Eppen gondolkoztam masnap reggel a kocsiban, hogy laplimittel lehetne ezt tompitani es lassanak csodat, van ilyen a szabalyban, max 7 lap lehet a kezben, igy mar azert mas lesz a jatek. Meg 1 erdekesseg, hogy a kulonbozo szinu szorkaozohely lapkak meghatarozzak azt is, hogy hogyan lehet oda kijatszani 5 lapot. Pl. 5 nyitott, 2 zart aztan 3 nyitott, 3 nyitott aztan 2 zart, nyitottan kezdeni aztan valtogatva igy sokszor rejtve marad az igazi kombinacio.
Update1: Rendes szabalyok szerint mar hatarozottan jo a jatek. Emelkedett is a ponterteke.
Update2: 6-an nagyon be tud lassulni a jatek.
2007-08-19*
I am on a Journey...
Australia
Lavington
New South Wales
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7
Aug 2008*
Interesting 'Take That' game where each player tries to compete to control various Mob Businesses. Essentially this is a hand management game where each player is trying to play multiple Poker Hands at the same time and in doing so outrank the other players at each location.

Far too much going on here to judge after 1 play. Looking forward to exploring this one some more.
2007-12-25*
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Paul Franzosa
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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7
Dec 2007*
nice game of competing for control similar to other games (Loot for instance) but the winning card combinations are poker hands. Another good game to introduce non-gamers who know games like poker to the variations of game mechanics that are out there.
2007-12-25*
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Needle
Australia
NSW
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7
Jan 2008*
Nice little poker variant.
2008-01-17*
Tom Vasel
United States
Homestead
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7
Jul 2011
The theme is that of gangsters in the Roaring Twenties, and it works fairly well with the game; but it's mostly just a light game of placing cards down, trying to outbluff and outwit your opponents. While it has similarities to Battleline, it's not as refined; yet I had a lot of fun with the game and think it will see a good amount of play. Games are quick, the chaos that Faidutti brings to games is certainly evident, and the whole affair is one of light, amusing play. See my review for more details.
2008-01-21*
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Edwin Meertens
Netherlands
Rotterdam
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7
Mar 2010
Poker based game with 5 suits, so there's a 'Chicago Poker' (5 of a kind) and a Rainbow Straight. Some special cards add some flavor. Nice game if you like poker.
2008-08-06*
Tero H
Finland
Vantaa
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7
Aug 2009*
Feels a bit like multiplayer Battle Line. It isn't as good as BL is, but still offers some interesting elements like bluffing which fits greatly to the poker-theme. I think this is underrated game. And if you want more control, play this without special cards.
2009-08-07
Gilles Duchesne
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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7
Sep 2008*
Box 'C'
2009-11-26
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Noah Ban
United States
Buffalo Grove
Illinois
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7
Oct 2010
This game is underrated here. A variety of gamers got into this game in my group--some diehards and some who prefer the lighter side.
2008-10-05*
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Marco Marandola
Canada
Mirabel
Quebec
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Oct 2009*
Got It In Junk Trade (Math Trade VIII) September 20 2009
2010-02-26
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Dana More
United States
Garden Grove
California
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7
Jul 2011
Fun Poker variant with specialized cards. Be care though; they've listed the hands in the same order as a regular deck, but because of the extra cards and extra suit, a flush is actually tougher to get than a full house, so be sure to switch these two when playing. That is, a flush beats a full house.

I like that this plays well even with two, all the way up to six. And the fact that it's a poker variant with very simple rules means this is easy and quick to teach.

Update: after having played with 3 players, I think 2 might be better than three. You have to be careful not to let someone get an easy card while you are bus battling the other player at another site. Perhaps four players would not be so likely to have this occur?
2011-08-13
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brent edington
United States
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Unspecified
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7
Nov 2010
A buddy of mine picked this up at auction. Surprisingly good game that we were able to play twice over lunch with 3 players. Lots of fun.
2010-11-09
Shannon Appelcline
United States
Berkeley
California
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7
Nov 2010
A fun Poker-esque game of bluffing and strategy.
2010-11-29
Jasper Birch
United States
Lincoln
Nebraska
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Aug 2013
Interesting twist on poker, haven't played this for a while, but definitely enjoyed it. Like the bluffing element in this game.
2013-11-14
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Mateusz Wata
Poland
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7
May 2011
Nice bluff/poker filler with a theme. Better to play with poker-hardened players than with casuals.
2011-05-25
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Zee Garcia
United States
Homestead
Florida
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7
Jul 2012
I really enjoyed my playing of this. At first, I thought it would feel a bit bland compared to Faidutti's and Cathala's other games (which are usually packed with power cards and special actions) but once the bluffing and hand management took over, this game really shined.
2012-08-05
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