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As a huge fan of Poker but one who would never dip into the online gameplay for money due to my low bank balance I saw this game in Gamestation for £9.99 and I am so glad that I picked it up!
Released in 2006 by Activision, World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions is a phenomenal Texas Hold'em based game where you can embark upon your own Poker journey and career starting from the low turnouts at Tunica and gradually rising through San Diego and other various Poker locations eventually reaching the heights of Poker Tournaments and competing in the Finals.
This game is also graphically and visually stimulating. From the different perspectives that you can view the game and your opponents to the lifting of your hand and the interaction between characters, this game has been crafted beautifully and gives any gamer a true poker experience.
There is a lot to do in this game and different modes to play, from the tournaments to heads up invitationals play Poker how you want to play it in order to work your way to the top. Unlocking Xbox 360 achievements along the way. There are also three different difficulty levels to play on, making the game easier for those who are new to the game or harder for the seasoned pro's.
The only downside for me is that sometimes the opponents take a long time to decide what they are going to do (fold, call, check, bet), however this is the case in real poker and so it is probably just me being a little impatient. You can also make your opponents speed up their decision making by going into the game options and speeding up the gameplay however this cuts out a lot of the quality interaction. Some of the voices of characters are also very annoying and the Australian accents are very questionnable.
Overall a fantastic game with just a few points for improvement. A great buy for any Poker fan.
Published by activision and released in September 2006, World Series Of Poker: Tournament Of Champions take you on a journey from being a no name amateur poker player to the worlds greatest.
At the start of the game you must win your right to be taken under the wing of poker legend Chris Ferguson and begin your struggle to the top, and i really mean it when i say struggle. The AI is pretty much flawless, you pick up on the odd betting pattern every now and then but thats about it.
As i was saying, to be accepted as a possibility to be a champion you have to win a game that Chris Ferguson is holding and prove yourself worthy. You then unlock the first 4 possible tournaments to enter, the further you get in these tournaments the more points you gain towards unlocking the next set and so on, until, you reach the Tournament Of Champions in Rio De Janeiro. There are 6 sets of tournaments to unlock, the last of which being the grand finale.
I found the game taught me a lot about poker having only played a few games before, not really knowing much about the rules and such involved, it was a very good game to play to give me a lot more knowledge about the game and because of this i would highly reccomend it to anybody who is thinking about taking up poker, it will definitely teach you a thing or two.
Often you will find yourself in a situation where you really do not know what to do next and it really keeps you gripped on the action, your heart races and you're trying to think straight, it seems to add the perfect amount of pressure to keep you entertained at all times, it's very accurate in realism.
I definitely have to say that this is one of my favourite video games ever, i love it! HIGHLY reccomend to any poker fan/player of any skill level.
Tournament of Champions takes a story-based approach, putting players on the Pro Circuit as a new pro and protege of Chris Jesus Ferguson. Players test their skills at the premier Circuit Events in hopes of qualifying for the winner-take-all, invitation-only Tournament of Champions at the Rio Resort in Las Vegas.