World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions Reader Review
This review is for WSOP 2008 Battle for the Bracelets on the PSP you don't have it as a selectable option please add it in still though. Cheers.
There are quite a few different poker games on the PSP. I've played them all and this version is definitely the best.
Why? Because it is the fastest the most varied and has all the up to date faces from the official WSOP scene.
You can play variations of Poker like Omaha, 7 cards stud, Razz etc.. but I mainly play the traditional Texas Hold-em. It plays this variant extremely fast and well, but slows down on the other versions i.e: Omaha as it takes much longer to have its go but that's because there's more cards in your hand to start.
This version has everything you could want,from online infrastructure to local multiplayer to creating your own custom tournaments or creating your own player and going for the career mode.
It keeps stats of everything online and offline from money won/lost to what hole cards you've seen and played and how much you won/lost with them.
It has an excellent pot odds calculator with current hand rankings plus it has a wealth of tutorial videos and tutorial playable modes to really help you with your game.
The computer players have very good AI and you can keep track of their play styles (as well as your own which it evaluates and tells you how to improve ie: your playing to many hands) Helping you tell if that player is a manic raiser/bluffer or a tight rock.
There are a million and one things to unlock/collect from special chips for beating players to different venues or furniture for you private poker den. Even side games of video poker/ blackjack and slot machines.
You can play a full WSOP with 10,000+ players and stick it on turbo mode and it is fast enough that you wont get bored before you get beaten (or win which is unlikely) Although placing in the money is manageable a final table finish is a major achievement. In fact if you do manage to get a bracelet for winning any of the tournaments you can be smug knowing you've beaten the computer as it plays a very tough game. The smaller field tournaments are winnable but still will require a lot of work and are in no means easy.
I rate this game highly and recommend it to anyone that wants to improve their Texas Hold-em skills.
9 / 10