Jacks or Better Could Be a Lot Better


The app known as "Free Video Poker" or "Jacks or Better" is a very rough, 1990s DOS type video poker program from large, Irvine CA based MobilityWare

As the screenshot shows, the interface is a far cry from a Las Vegas style video poker machine. Also note a rather unique ad format, a mini-banner that clicks through to a selection of random iTunes songs. Its not clear if mobilityware earns an affiliate fee if someone actually buys a tune that they feature, or if they even have any transactions, period; but the phenomena is interesting as we enter the new realm of advertising on the iPhone.

Overall, the app fails on almost every level, which is too bad, because Video Poker done right could be almost interesting.

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