Poker Night York

York Region Poker League (YRPL) Please join our Facebook page - York Region Poker League - for all the latest updates and announcements. We can not guaranty that you will receive the same announcements on here as Meetup does not have similar functionality. Poker Night is a computer-based Texas Hold 'Em poker simulation between the player as an unseen participant and the four characters, Max, Tycho, The Heavy, and Strong Bad. Each player starts with a $10,000 buy-in and stays in the game until they are broke, with the goal of the player being the last player standi. Thursday, October 11, 2018; 6:00 PM 10:00 PM 18:00 22:00; Kellogg's NYC 36 East 18th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States; Google Calendar ICS.

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Martin Foundation All-In at Fifth-Annual Poker Night Matt Martin's fifth poker night attracts over 400 card players, including the New York Islanders.


Poker Night in America recently unveiled anew social poker appbased on its TV show.

The PNiA app is free to play and offers users the chance to win some exciting real-world prizes. That includes poker lessons from top pros. Users could also grab a seat in an upcoming taping of Poker Night In America.

How to get on PNiA

“Eligible players who download the new Poker Night in America app and play at least five hands will be automatically entered into the sweepstakes,” the press release announcing the launch of the app states.

After playing just five hands, app users will be entered into a sweepstakes that will see the winners, “join some of the biggest names in poker at the table, such as pros Phil Hellmuth, Doug Polk, and Shaun Deeb, and Hollywood star players like Jennifer Tilly and Brad Garrett.”

“We have been asked time after time as to whether there will ever be any way to join in the action at our Poker Night tables,” said Todd Anderson, president of Rush Street Productions, the company behind Poker Night. “Now we can finally say ‘Yes!’”

According to the press release, “The grand prize not only includes a seat at the table, but also the flights, accommodations and a buy-in of $5,000.”

About the app

Poker Night In America teamed up with social games developer KamaGames to create the Poker Night in America social app. It’s a standalone app that uses KamaGames’ existing “Pokerist” technology platform.

Daniel Kashti, KamaGames’ chief marketing and commercial officer, said “As part of KamaGames’ ongoing global expansion, we are opening our gaming platforms to a number of selected partners. Given their unique and passionate approach to the game of poker, we are very happy to announce our latest partner in Poker Night in America”

The app possesses many of the same features as KamaGames’ Pokerist app:

  • Sit-and-go and shootout tournaments
  • Scratch cards
  • A virtual goods store
  • A simple to use tutorial
  • Daily quests
  • Daily bonuses and achievements

The Poker Night in America app is free. You can download it from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

PNiA has tried a lot of idea to mix things up — including adding controversial playersand doing a one-off grudge match. There is even a PNiA-branded room at SugarHouse Casino in Pennsylvania.

The app is just another example of something different from the show.

Poker Night In America Episodes

What winners can expect at the Poker Night In America table

Red bar stools. Having appeared on Poker Night in America back in 2015, I can offer a sneak peek at what the lucky sweepstakes winners can expect.


Winning one of the seats to a Poker Night in America cash game will lead to playing $25/$50 no-limit hold’em. You would play against some of the game’s best and most charismatic players.

The stakes are high for amateurs, but at the same time, not so high for the pros on the show. Because of this, the game tends to be looser and friendlier than a typical game played at these stakes in a casino. PNiA makes a concerted effort to only invite pros who are “good for the game.”

Win or lose, it would be difficult to be a participant on the show and not have a good time.

More about my experience on Poker Night in America can be found here.

Poker Night at the Inventory
Poker Night at the Inventory cover. Characters (l–r): Tycho Brahe, Max, the Heavy Weapons Guy, Strong Bad
Developer(s)Telltale Games
Publisher(s)Telltale Games
Composer(s)Jared Emerson-Johnson
EngineTelltale Tool
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Mac OS X (10.5x to 10.7.x )[1]
ReleaseNovember 22, 2010
Genre(s)Adult's Card game
Mode(s)Single player

Poker Night at the Inventory is a poker video game developed by Telltale Games. It features four characters: Tycho Brahe from the Penny Arcade webcomic, Max from the Sam & Max franchise, the RED Heavy from Team Fortress 2, and Strong Bad from the Homestar Runner web series. The game was released on November 22, 2010.[1] A sequel, Poker Night 2, was released in 2013. The game was delisted from Steam in May 2019.[2]


The Inventory is a secret club built underneath a video game storage warehouse. It was established in 1919, after a first draft of the 18th Amendment was acquired by a group of connected gamblers. It was discovered that it could not only outlaw libations, but games and amusements that could decrease the productivity of the national workforce. Despite this never coming to pass, the club has existed since in secret, just in case Congress tried to set prohibition into law. As a newcomer, the player competes in a friendly game of Texas Hold'emPoker with Max of Sam & Max, Strong Bad from Homestar Runner, Tycho from Penny Arcade, and the Heavy from Team Fortress 2. The player is first greeted by Reginald Van Winslow, former captain of the Screaming Narwhal, and sidekick to Guybrush Threepwood in Tales of Monkey Island. He explains the back story of the Inventory, and raises the blinds in game. Other characters from Telltale's games make cameo appearances in the introduction sequence.


Gameplay of Poker Night at the Inventory showing the player winning a showdown with Max with a straight. Strong Bad and the Heavy have folded and Tycho has busted out. Strong Bad is saying to the player, 'Nice hand, gigantic cheater.'

Poker Night is a computer-based Texas Hold 'Em poker simulation between the player as an unseen participant and the four characters, Max, Tycho, The Heavy, and Strong Bad. Each player starts with a $10,000 buy-in and stays in the game until they are broke, with the goal of the player being the last player standing. The game uses no-limit betting and a gradually-increasing blind bets over the course of several rounds. Randomly, one of the four non-playable characters will not be able to front the money but will offer one of their possessions as buy-in for the game. The player can win these items as Team Fortress 2 unlockable equipment only if they are the one to bust that non-player character out of the game. The game keeps track of the player's statistics over the course of several games, and by completing certain objects (such as number of hands or games won) can unlock different playing card or table artwork to customize the look of the game.[3]


On May 15, 2009, Telltale Games started a survey which was meant to gauge fan reaction to a sequel to Telltale Texas Hold'em.[4] While the team liked the deep conversations that the characters in the original game had, they decided to not go down the same path for the new game, using recognizable licensed characters rather than original 'generic' ones.[5]

Poker Night grew out of an idea from Telltale employees, wondering 'what video characters do when they're not 'on the clock' in the games we play', according to Telltale CEO Dan Conners.[6] From there, they pitched the idea to other companies in the industry and were able to work out which characters they would be able to include.[6] Telltale considered how the four characters would interact with each other, developing dialog, banter, and reactions to certain plays.[7] The characters, they decided, would be fully voiced, and would have distinctive tells and dynamic responses that would manifest themselves as the game progressed.[6] Conners stated that the goal was to create the experience of 'hanging out with their virtual buddies, shooting the breeze and playing a good game of poker'.[7] Telltale is considering a potential series based on this game using different characters in the future, but would need to see sales exceeding 100,000 to 200,000 units to make it feasible.[7]

Telltale Games have had previous experience working with several of the characters. Two of Telltale's episodic adventure series include three seasons of Sam & Max and Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People based on the Homestar Runner web series; both were developed in conjunction with the original creators, Steve Purcell[8] and The Brothers Chaps,[9] respectively. The appearance of Max and Strong Bad in Poker Night are based on the three-dimensional models from these games. The company's team were also fans of Valve's Team Fortress 2, including creating an informal team to participate in a competition between several game development studios; Telltale offered to create unique items based on Sam & Max to be given as a bonus gift for those who purchased the third season of Sam & Max through Steam, and formed a friendly working relationship with Valve as a result.[10]

Telltale aimed to make the game dialog-centric between the four featured characters. To that end, they created a large amount of dialog for each character and possible interactions between the characters; according to Jake Rodkin, Telltale's graphic designer, they wrote more lines of dialog for the game than a typical Sam & Max adventure episode.[3] Telltale always wanted to respect the original characters and worked with the individual creators and studios to improve the lines; they previously had gotten similar input from Matt Chapman for Strong Bad, while Jerry Holkins was extremely helpful to refine Tycho's character based on Telltale's draft dialog.[3][11] The developers also wanted to avoid any forced interactions, and instead developed what they felt were natural relationships: Tycho dislikes Strong Bad while getting along well with Max, while the Heavy looks upon Strong Bad as a tiny Heavy.[3] The characters are also written to be somewhat cognizant of their nature; according to Rodkin, Tycho and Strong Bad are aware of their video game nature, while Max is ambiguous and the Heavy remains blissfully unaware of his death-and-respawning cycle, simply attributing his memories of dying over and over again as dreams.[12]

Poker Night is the first game to include a voice artist for Tycho; provided by voice actor Andrew 'Kid Beyond' Chaikin. The other three characters are voiced by their current voice actors: Max by William Kasten, Heavy by Gary Schwartz, and Strong Bad by Matt Chapman. The game uses existing 3D models for Max, Heavy, and Strong Bad, while Tycho's is built from scratch; at the time of the game's announcement near the Penny Arcade Expo, Telltale was still working on refining Tycho's model, though it was briefly seen during their Make a Scene panel at PAX.[13][14]

The game was teased by Telltale Games a week prior to its official announcement through a short video on GameTrailers TV, showing the silhouettes of the four characters' official art.[15] The game was officially announced by Telltale Games on September 2, 2010, the eve of the 2010 Penny Arcade Expo.[7] Players who have also purchased Team Fortress 2 will be able to unlock unique items based on the four respective franchises within that game through progress in Poker Night; a special poker visor for Team Fortress 2 was also available for those that pre-ordered the game.[16]

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The game received favorable reviews. Review aggregator website Metacritic gave the game a 71/100.[17] It has garnered praise for the memorable interactions between characters and their unique strategies, but received criticism for its relatively lacking animation quality and for numerous bugs, while having favorable praise for the game's sense of humor.

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Poker At Night In America


On April 1, 2013, Telltale officially announced a sequel, titled Poker Night 2, featuring Brock Samson from The Venture Bros., Claptrap from the Borderlands series, Ash Williams from The Evil Dead franchise, and Sam from Sam & Max as opponents. GLaDOS from the Portal series serves as the dealer. Other characters such as Max from Sam & Max, the Aperture Science turrets from Portal, and Mad Moxxi and Steve the Bandit from Borderlands make non-playable appearances.[19] The game was released on Steam, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in late April 2013.[20]


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  19. ^Neltz, András (March 28, 2013). 'Rumor: Leaked Poker Night At The Inventory 2 Screenshots Reveal The Game's Cast'. Kotaku. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  20. ^'Ash, Claptrap, Sam and Brock Samson Ante Up for Poker Night 2'. Retrieved October 4, 2013.

External links[edit]

  • Poker Night at the Inventory on IMDb

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