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Quirks aside, I heart this game! The lack of a two-player mode is surprising, but I suppose if you have friends in real life, one of you probably own a deck of cards. It's easy to blow this game off as a simple budget title, but let's call a spade a spade; World Championship Poker is a great game at a great price, especially with its online gameplay and friendly tutorial mode. $20 is less than the amount I lost the last time my friends and I got together to play poker, so I say the game is definitely worth the price. If you've watched World Series of Poker on television more than once or ever wished you lived a little closer to a casino, be sure to pick up World Championship Poker. And watch out for Flack405 online.
PSX Extreme (Feb 24, 2005)
Ultimately, World Championship Poker fulfills my needs. For $20, I can play my favorite poker variations against decently-skilled CPU opponents or go online and play against live opponents (and actually see them if they're using an EyeToy camera). I wish the presentation were more exciting, particularly the graphics, which could possibly put poker newbies to sleep before the first hand is over, but the game makes up for that shortcoming (somewhat) thanks to its deep selection of poker variants and tournaments.
GameSpot (Dec 02, 2004)
World Championship Poker is ultimately a decent effort, but only because of its online play. The offline component of the game is simply too pointless and spotty to hold anyone's attention, which basically limits the game's appeal strictly to those who own a network adapter or the recently redesigned PS2. Ultimately, this game is only for the serious poker enthusiast, as casual fans can easily find comparable games just about anywhere on the Internet.
Game Freaks 365 (Nov 26, 2004)
Overall, World Championship Poker is a must-have for fans of an increasingly popular hobby. Unless you can huddle around a dining room table with friends, exchanging cash from each pot, your best bet is to hook up online. Make new friends, challenge old ones, using the online features. For $20, you can't go wrong with this title.
IGN (Dec 02, 2004)
It's the best poker game on PS2, but it doesn't measure up to current standards. Its problems are many and the singleplayer game is four steps below worthless, but the online game, for however much it may malfunction, offers a great deal of enjoyment.
Game Chronicles (Jan 16, 2005)
I’ll have to admit, I wasn’t expecting to like this game as much as I did. Knowing the onslaught of these poker and casino games we are sure to be hammered with over the next year, I figured this would be just another disposable game. And while that’s not too far from the truth, at least the game itself is based on an established pastime, and does a pretty good job of translating the tension and excitement of the table game to your console.
Netjak (Jan 08, 2005)
As a matter of fact, the game seems oddly limited in its scope. There are literally hundreds of card games which could have been done with ease for the title. I don't see why Crave decided to just stick with twelve variants of poker and not include other variations which could have added weeks of replay value to the game. I myself could sit and play blackjack or euchre for hours at a time. Still, there are free alternatives for those games available online, and unfortunately I'd probably be more inclined to play those on a keyboard and mouse (or, assuming I can con my buddies into doing it, a deck of cards and box of poker chips.
1UP (Mar 17, 2005)
Newcomers might find World Championship Poker entertaining, but they'll also probably learn a number of bad habits that will ensure losses if they ever play for real.