(From the start, it's probably best to establish that this is a single-player review of World Poker Tour, despite its online capabilities. There are two good reasons for this. First, I played it on PS2 and I'm not a witch. Second, if you want to play online poker, there are ridiculous numbers of far easier ways to do it, with infinitely more appropriate interfaces, making the online options of WPT entirely defunct from the off.)
We do seem to be rather lacking a decent poker game. The continuing international phenomenon of Texas Hold 'Em (such that you can't turn on Rich Man's Telly without at least one channel showing a game, any time of day) means that everyone's trying to find ways to make a buck (so long as it doesn't involve actually playing Texas Hold 'Em) before the fad fades away.
Don't get me wrong - I've fully embraced the fad. I go to a 40-player tournament twice a week, and often find myself wiling away a quiet hour with some online play at a safely priced 5/10c table. I'm not brilliant, but I can hold my own.
2K Games is offering gambling-hungry gamers a little comfort today with the confirmation that World Poker Tour is definitely slotted in for a spring release on the PSP. No definite release date has been announced so far though, which means you'll just have to continue to practicing that poker face in the privacy of your own home throughout the last gloomy remnants of winter.
Closely tied in to the World Poker Tour television series, the PSP version of everyone's favourite card game will feature the virtual equivalents of all those real-life card sharks with silly names, like Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Phil "Unabomber" Laak.
2K Games is promising all the obligatory goodness that coincides with these sorts of announcements, such as 1200 unique opponents, all manner of clothing and accessories in the Career Mode, and fully customisable characters. But the most important announcement is all about connectivity, because once you've perfected your card skills in the single player game, the PSP version will allow you to take on both friend and foe wirelessly with other PSPs, or head online to compete with players across the country.