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For $19.99 this is a great game for any poker fan no matter their skill level. For those who want to see what its like, I would suggest a rental for a few days and see if its your sort of game. Poker offers excitement and a rush yet; it is a far different type.
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 have an Xbox Live subscription. Ultimately, this game is only for the serious poker enthusiast, as casual fans can easily find comparable games just about anywhere on the Internet.
The game’s not perfect but it is leaps and bounds above what we’ve come to expect from current casino games. Graphics and audio presentation aside the game delivers where it counts, in the actual experience of playing hands of poker. Nicely done game variants and the inclusion of Xbox Live all help to push this title just over the hump of being sub par and into the realm of a possible purchase for all those poker vets out there.
I did have a few fun games online but most of them were plagued with sore losers, dropped connections, or people engaged in underhanded tricks to swindle you out of your ante. It’s very hard to find a group of serious players, but if you do there is some fun to be had. So if you are resigned to playing poker on the Xbox, World Championships Poker is probably for you. Everyone else should probably spend that $20 on a deck of cards and a case of beer (legal drinking age assumed) and call your friends.
For $19.99 World Championship Poker is well worth the money for a player who has Xbox Live and would like to play a few hands of poker with strangers or friends online. As a single-player experience I don’t think it is worth even that bargain price. The limited ways to play ultimately causes the game to get tedious and the AI can’t even pretend to measure up to the human element that makes poker so interesting.