Poker Academy Texas Hold ’Em Poker Software Receives Glowing Review by The Mac Observer Columnist Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus

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Poker Academy, a leading poker software developer, today announced that in the March 11, 2005 issue of The Mac Observer, columnist Bob Â?Dr. MacÂ? LeVitus wrote a glowing review of Poker Academy software, stating, Â?In a nutshell, if youÂ?re serious about learning to play Texas Hold Â?Em, or to improve your game of Texas Hold Â?Em, Poker Academy is the way to go.Â?

Poker Academy, a leading poker software developer, today announced that in the March 11, 2005 issue of The Mac Observer, columnist Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus wrote a glowing review of Poker Academy software, stating, “In a nutshell, if you’re serious about learning to play Texas Hold ’Em, or to improve your game of Texas Hold ’Em, Poker Academy is the way to go.” (For the full review, please visit

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus is a long-time Macintosh user and the author of 47 computer books, including Mac OS X For Dummies, Panther Edition and GarageBand for Dummies.

In the review, LeVitus states that when he received Poker Academy Pro Texas Hold ’Em in the mail, which was part of a CD demo insert program launched by the Company in the March 2005 issue of Card Player Magazine, “I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it [Poker Academy] pretty much lives up to its own hype: ‘The world's most advanced poker software.’ Now I can’t speak for the Windows side of things (since I don’t do Windows anymore), but there’s little question in my mind that Poker Academy Pro is the most advanced poker program for Mac OS X I've seen to date.”

LeVitus goes on the support this statement by saying the program [Poker Academy software] bases its logic on more than 10 years of artificial intelligence research performed at the University of Alberta. Then he references a quote in the June 2003 issue of the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: “The artificial intelligence researchers have moved one step closer to creating an unbeatable computer poker program. An account of their most recent program, called PsOpti – for pseudo-optimal poker program – will receive the top paper award at the world’s premier AI meeting in August.”

LeVitus noted that unlike the mostly predictable opponents found in other poker software, Poker Academy Pro’s computerized opponents actually adjusted to his style of play. “My big raise trick worked two or three times before one of my computerized opponents came back at me with an even bigger re-raise,” he said.

Continued LeVitus, “My experience with other programs caused me to assume that the ‘bot’ had the goodies (and you know what happens when you assume...). I did the prudent thing and folded my hand. But then, when I peeked at his hole cards, I was shocked to find he had absolutely nothing. His hole cards were a pair of ‘rags’ (low cards), and they weren't even rags of the same suit. In other words, the computerized opponent won a substantial pot with a very risky bluff. When a similar situation occurred a few hands later I thought I’d call his bluff. So I raised him back; a big mistake since he had ‘the nuts,’ (the best possible hand that can be made given the five common cards on the table). Grrrrr.”

LeVitus wrote that “Poker Academy Pro has many features not found in other poker games, including calculated-on-the-fly pot odds, hand strength and potential ratings, and a coach that advises you whether to call, raise or fold.”

LeVitus then took the review to another level by providing illustrations and commentary on his own personal experience playing Poker Academy Pro. He talked about the Hand Evaluator, a feature that provides much useful information as well as advice on your best course of action: fold, call, or raise. He highlighted an in-depth hand evaluator window that offers information about your hand’s strength, possible “outs” you could draw to, and more. He touched on the nearly dozen artificial intelligence engines or computer opponents in the game. Another feature LeVitus remarked favorably on was his love for the head-to-head showdown. “That lets you simulate the final throes of tournament play, and it gives you a showdown calculator to calculate the chance of winning with any given set of cards,” he stated.

Finally, LeVitus, leaving no stone unturned, provided a comprehensive feature list comparison between Poker Academy and Poker Academy Pro, which has a suggested retail price of $39 and $99 respectively. (Poker Academy provided the list and gave permission to The Mac Observer to use it in the review).

“This is the most comprehensive review of our poker software to date,” said Kurt Lange, president of Poker Academy. “We’re couldn’t be more pleased with what Bob had to say as well as to what lengths he went to show our many rich features to his loyal readers. We here at Poker Academy take great pride in our work in developing the world’s leading Texas Hold ’Em software and are passionate about taking anyone’s Texas Hold ’Em game to the next level, whether they work in a Mac or Windows environment.”

To read LeVitus’ full review and see the illustrations and feature list comparison, please visit .

About Poker Academy

Poker Academy is a leading poker software developer. The company develops the world’s most advanced Texas Hold’em poker learning tool, utilizing world renowned artificial intelligence developed over 10 years. Poker Academy software is designed to help player learn, adapt and improve their poker skills. Poker Academy includes No Limit, Limit and Tournament play along with many feature-rich components. Poker Academy is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, and has U.S. office in Minnetonka, MN.

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