Summary: There is a problem with this game: instead of making a game of the fun to watch and dramatic ESPN show, it's a game of the mindnumbingly boring marathon the pros have to endure. Even if you stick with it long enough to get Men the Master or Chris Ferguson to your table - they don't really do or say anything. I didnt stick with it long enough to figure whether the pros are even higher AI than the average player.
Decent poker game but it could have been better on-line
D. Crawford "danielc_1978", Amazon
10 November 2005
Summary: I was really excited when this game came out. I thought it had to be top notch since its name was "World Series of Poker" like the ESPN TV card series. Overall the game is good. The graphics are acceptable and better than most poker video games being sold. The biggest problem I had with this game is in regards to online play. Basically a host player, which can be anyone, starts a room and people join. So far so good...
Summary: I only write this review after reading the review by LasVegas007. First of all, I have already owned quite a few poker and casino games myself and you will always find your expectations fall short of the actual gaming experience in the casino. Lets get to the review shall we? I like the Career aspect of the game - it is very challenging and the game speed is very good. This isn't rocket science it is Texas Holdem after all.
Summary: Yeah, this game is horrible. Not sure who programmed the AI on this game, but come on now.. Runner-runner straight/flush/trips? Every hand that i've been in where I'm all in after the flop leading favorably, the damn CPU always manages to end up winning. Unrealistic AI, shoddy graphics, annoying canned commentary. Could a game get any worse? Holding hope that the WPT or Daniel Negraneu's version is substantially better.
Summary: I love casino games of any kind. In particular, I love poker. Naturally a habit like this can get rather expensive and so rather than spend hours in an actual casino, I resort to playing video simulations of casino games to pass the time and to improve my skill. I own nearly every possible casino/poker game on the market (for all consoles and PCs) since Vegas Dream for the original NES.
Summary: (UPDATE 1-28-06)Despite what Infinite Wisdom would have you believe with all of the glory of his capital letters, this game is not realistic poker. I live in Las Vegas and I have played [too much] poker in the casinos. The closest game I have found to reality (to date) is the World Poker Tour or DD Poker 2. Please, trust me on this one, do not waste your money on this title. I love casino games of any kind. In particular, I love poker.
Summary: This game is extraordinary in what it's trying to accomplish, but that's also its downfall. In career mode, you have no choice but to play tournaments and they can drag on forever. The designers have tried to compensate for this by offering "Collector's Chips" that reward you in the middle of a tournament for making specific hands (i.e. "Straight Flush"), taking out other players, etc., but that quickly gets old.
Summary: ***EDIT*** LET ME REPLY TO THOSE WHO SAY THIS GAME IS TERRIBLE, THE FACT IS POKER IS NOT AN EASY GAME, FOR YEARS VIDEO GAMES HAVE MADE IT TO SEEM LIKE IT WAS, THIS GAME IS TOUGH, AND IS TRUE TO HOW POKER TOURNAMENTS ARE PLAYED. IF YOU SAY THAT EVERYONE HAS STRAIGHTS, FLUSHES ON EVERY HAND YOU ARE PROBABLY PLAYING LIMIT HOLD'EM WHICH IN FACT HAS A VERY HIGH PERCENTAGE OF PLAYERS GETTING STRAIGHTS FLUSHES ON EVERY HAND BECAUSE PLAYERS ARE LIMITED TO HOW MUCH THEY CAN BET,...
Summary: Great poker simulation! World series, hold em, omaha, hi ball low ball, pot limt, fixed limit and invitational tournaments all covered here! Great fun realistic computer players in terms of how they play and a hand full of pro players although most of them are missing what does it matter? its the poker that matters and this game certainly ticks all the boxes! Enjoy! Well worth spending a few quid on!