Poker in Place

nclarksf profile image Nicholas Clark ・1 min read

What I built

I built an integrated video+poker web-app to allow for hosting of home games while we're socially distancing. It currently support cash-game (not real money) modes of no-limit Texas hold-em. Check out the links below to watch a video or play yourself!

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Demo Link


Link to Code


How I built it (what's the stack? did I run into issues or discover something new along the way?)

I started this in early April after adding WebRTC into an iPad board game I had built. I jump-started the project by borrowing plenty of the Twilio/React sample project. I then worked on building a table layout, writing the game flow engine (betting/folding/raising). Once the engine was more or less working, I pushed the engine evaluation to firebase functions (to be able to secure player cards and prevent cheating). I then integrated the video into the table layout so you could play and talk/see each other at the same time.

The stack used is roughly: React, Firebase (storage, hosting, functions), Twilio (video), Stripe (payments), Sentry (error tracking).

I opened this game up to the public a week ago. Currently sitting at about 3000 players. It's currently free, but Twilio video costs are shockingly high that I will be adding in a paywall soon.

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Nicholas Clark


CTO @ Divvy Homes - Coder since I was 14


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