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Astraware Casino comes to TouchPad - it's Vegas on your tablet

by Derek Kessler Thu, 22 Mar 2012 7:48 pm EDT

Astraware Casino comes to TouchPad - it's Vegas on your tablet

We here at webOS Nation associate Las Vegas with one thing: the agony and ecstasy of CES. The rest of the world associated Vegas with blackjack, slot machines, craps, and roulette (plus a different layer of sundry activities not mentionable on this blog). It's the world's gambling capital that Astraware has brought to the TouchPad with the release of Astraware Casino.

$2.99 buys you an HD version of the popular Astraware game, complete with ten popular Vegas games: derby, keno, slots, video poker, 3 card poker, blackjack, Texas hold 'em, baccarat, and roulette. For the uninitiated, the first launch of any of the sub-games offers an explanation of how the game works (you might want to consider buying Astraware Casino before a first trip to Sin City for a how-these-work orientation), and then dumps you right into the game. The games themselves are surprisingly old-school computer gaming in appearance, but with gambling it isn't about how nice it looks (I mean, have you ever really looked at Vegas?), but about the rush of winning big when the odds aren't in your favor. For three bucks, Astraware Casino is a cheap way to get that thrill.

The release of Casino follows the capping of Astraware's TouchPad Totalizer sales tracker. Casino was the highest mark on the sales barometer, needing total sales of the games that came before to crest 5000 for Astraware to justify porting the game to the TouchPad. Given that the release comes just two days after hitting that mark, we're guessing that getting Astraware Casino was one of the easier ports in PDK history (or Astraware started early, knowing that the 5000 mark was going to be cracked eventually). The release of Casino also jumps over Astraware's popular OddBlob game, which has proven to be a little more complicated of a job.