you've been living under a rock, or in Pennsylvania,
you already know that one of the fastest-growing sports
in the world is tournament poker. Although I loathe
to call it a sport you can see why many people are
embracing this phenomenon. First of all you don't
have to workout and you can even drink beer and eat
subs while you're in competition.
you need to get started is a basic understanding of
the rules and strategies. The rest you will pick up
on your own.
Championship Poker for the DS can help you learn these
rules and develop your own style. If you're a beginner
you have to know one thing: There is no substitute
for playing the game in person. Even internet poker
doesn't interest many of the professionals because
there's a special advantage to being able to interact
with the players at the table. You can engage them
in conversation and try to learn something about them
or even attempt to put them off their game with some
annoying comments. But probably the most important
aspect is being able to real another player' tells.
These "tells" may be facial tics or nervous
mannerisms that may indicate when a player is bluffing
or has a great hand. This aspect of poker should never
be underestimated because if you're not using in a
game it's going to be used against you.
won't go into rules of poker, you can learn that in
the manual or on the net. There are 12 variations
of the game including the most popular, Texas Hold'em
where each player is dealt two cards and makes the
best hand out five community cards that all of the
players share. The strategy comes in when betting.
You can fold, call, raise, check or go all-in which
means that you bet it all on one hand. The AI is likely
to follow you with that call more often that you would
think. You can't be too aggressive in this game because
you're likely to lose it all. Just ask me.
will be able to see your opponents in full color but
they won't give you any tells. The animations that
they perform may look promising at first but they
just repeat the same thing whether they've got a great
hand or they're bluffing. When cards are revealed
only the best hand of each player is displayed. You
have to keep track of the holes and community cards
which is almost impossible since you have other things
to concentrate on. This may seem like a huge flaw
to experienced players but in real life you don't
always see your opponents' cards. Not that it would
make much difference in this game since each AI player
mixes up their play so much that they don't fall into
any specific category such as aggressive or safe player.
in real poker tournaments you will start out small
and hopefully end up as the big winner. Starting in
seedy casinos for a handful of bucks you will eventually
work your way up to better casinos where the pots
are bigger. You'll move from table to table as you
win, taking on bigger and better opponents.
can customize their characters with an assortment
of outfits and accessories with money that they earn
in Career mode. You can also increase a character's
attributes to make him more poker savvy.
players aren't perfect but at least their unpredictability
will keep you alert. Using the wireless network with
only one copy of the game, the game allows six players
to take part in the poker tournament. You can't bring
in customized characters or even name the ones onscreen
so you have to remember which one you are which can
lead to a little confusion from time to time.
nice to have the touchscreen which lets you get right
to the matter at hand such as raising and folding
without hesitation although there is a slight delay
between commands and results. The 3D characters add
some personality to the game and the sheer variety
of poker games adds a lot of depth and replay value.
There are even some unlockable gambling games such
as Blackjack in addition to some really cool mini
games. There are two slots available for saving in
the Career mode but you can't save in Tournament mode
while the tournament is in progress.
are a lot of good poker games on the market including
plenty available for free on the net. The wireless
mode is certainly unique but it would be a lot cheaper
to just buy one deck of cards. World Championship
Poker does give you some direction and guidance in
addition to a decent challenge. It will sharpen your
skills if you're a novice but aficionados will likely
shake their heads at some of the obvious flaws.