Microsoft may of canned 1 VS 100 a few months ago but for many people that they have abadndoned live episodic games on Xbox Live yet. Instead it seems they are passing it on a second go and so are now beta testing a fresh game show, Full House Poker, which features a topic of Hold'em called Texas Heat.
Avatars is going to be used to represent players shared and will have unique tell signs. There will also be new accessories to your avatar to sport too. (Maybe a Full Tilt hat?)
Players play for experience points and chips along with their overall progress and bankroll are going to be saved between sessions. Full House Poker will even feature a leaderboard so that you can compare your card shark skills for a buddies.
I think it could be a great incentive when you could win MS Points or XBLA games as prizes for going to date in the tournament, but that is just me wishful thinking...
No word here on when exactly Full House Poker is arriving out yet, but I couldn't survive surprised to discover it out by next Summer.