The World Series of Poker is a multi-staged and multi-day tournament of all the poker world comers. This is the grandest poker events of both amateurs and pros that culminates into a several long-day’s main event that allows thousands of players to test their skills while hopping to win millions of cash dollars.
Some of the games that are in the World of Series of Poker include Texas Hold ‘em, the Cadillac of poker, Raz (the Seven Stub Lowball), Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split, Seven Card Stud, Omaha Hi-Low Split and Omaha.
The large proportion of the single players’ experience comes from the career mode in which you are granted the opportunity of creating your own poker persona through the rudimentary and decently varied attire and facial editing tools. Provide your player with a goof beard, some intimidating sunglasses, a gold lame suit, or anything that fits into your fancy.
After this, you will be given 10,000 US dollars and then send into the den of lions. You can use this cash to buy your way in any of the ancillary WSOP Free Chips to establish your bankroll, or simply dive headfirst in the main event. One strange thing is that you will have to complete almost all the tournaments’’ side before moving into the subsequent year of your career even if you will finish the main event.
The career progression tends to be stagnant but not very bad. The main challenge with this game is that everything you are doing fundamentally feels the same. The feeling and presentation of the game does not seem to change whether you are in the main event of $1500 Razz tournament. The game has a few invitational tournaments that allows you to check out where you will play especially against pro players but they still don’t break up the monotony quite well. The game only boasts of a few real-life pro players like John Phan, Scotty Nguyen, Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson, Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen and Max Pescatori. None of these display their trademark personalities in the World Series of Poker game.
The good thing with this game is that it plays pretty well. It has an up to speed artificial intelligence and most of the players act quite differently from each other. Some of them play more aggressively by trying to use their chip stacks to bully you while other love the Harrington approach by playing tightly and waiting for big hands for going in for the kill. Your opponents seem to understand when to bow or strike most of the times even though there are some situations where the CPU players put way too much stock in draw hands and only end up being burned. Also, most of the poker players of allowing pretty-looking straight and flush draws get the best of them at least once or more. This means that you can suffer from worse flaws.
If you don’t love the offline playing experience, both the Xbox and PS2 versions of the game features online players with up to nine players. You can participate in any of the offline type of games, buy ins and set betting rules, and utilize leaderboards that display records for both online and offline winnings. The Xbox version has a better online interface and the PS2 series doesn’t have an additional bonus of the Eye Toy support and allows you to see people as you play. This is an excellent addition even though it does not allow you to map your face to your custom character.
The World Series of Poker falls quite short of the audio categories and graphics. The character models are not put together quite well with goofy-looking faces, blocky builds, and animations that could not be more wildly out of place. This game is an excellent choice for big poker fans who are looking for an online console game version.