Series of Poker is available for virtually every system
on the market from the PSP to the PC - too bad the
game is Pee Pee.
is a lousy simulation of the televised version. It
looks terrible with its blocky graphics and herky
jerky animation. The poker gameplay is about as average
as you can get. There are better, more realistic poker
games available on the net for free. Go ahead and
look for one now. I promise I won't change my mind
later in the review if you don't feel like reading
originally learned about this game at E3 2004. The
booth dude told me that it would be out in the fall.
When I didn't see it last year I imagined that the
developers were up to something special. I could hardly
wait. The booth dude also told me that this game would
feature online play with the ability to use the Eye
Toy camera so that you could see all the players'
faces. This is incredibly important for any aspiring
professional or Tuesday-night warrior as it enables
you to read "tells" which is something you
can't do with digitized characters.
vast is the subject matter that I could write a book
on "tells." The first thing I would do is
not put the word "tells" in parenthesis
every time I type it. The second thing I would do
is ask for a huge advance and spend it on burgers
and whisky. That's just the kind of guy I am, you
are subconscious ticks that players display involuntarily;
body language if you will. If you can read these subtle
signs you may be able to ascertain if the player is
bluffing or really has a good hand. I'm not very good
at distinguishing tells. One time I was playing poker
with a guy with Turret's who would shout out "#*%!"
each time he had a good hand. I still couldn't read
the bastard and he walked away with my down payment
for a house. I came down with Turret's for about four
hours afterward, until the police told me to shut
Play, Career, Main Event and Multi-Player modes all
basically contain the same thing - poker. The biggest
differences are between the multi and single-player
modes. Do you want to play real people or the computer?
AI is no better than your average GBA game. It really
all depends on the luck of the draw since you can't
read tells. Some of the characters talk smack with
you but it's so corny and forced that I'm surprised
that the developers left it in. It sounds like it
belongs in Big Mutha Truckers. On the other hand the
commentary isn't bad. Norman Chad offers a few laughs
and makes you go from hating the game to just disliking
the Eye Toy does have its advantages and is the only
way to play this game. You can see the other players
but not as clearly or as large as you might like.
It's not a totally useless feature but its potential
hasn't been reached, only broached.
Series of Poker is getting closer to the real thing
but it's not even close enough to the virtual internet
poker thing where many of the young superstars are
cutting their teeth. Go there now, but you'll have
to find it yourself since we don't promote other websites
unless they pay us gobs of cash. One day I'm going
to see some of that cash when I challenge Dave to
a poker match.