Championship Poker is the latest craze around. TV
carrying the event and even "A" list Celebrities
are getting in on the
action. Of course, I am almost certain that the professional
poker players really do not like all the celebrities
joining in. You see the world of poker is an exclusive
club. You need to earn your way in by your skills
and by making a name for yourself by the way you play
the game not just because you're well known and want
exposure. Granted, a few celebrities are very good
poker players and are playing because they enjoy the
game. However, it is still hard to see the sport becoming
so open to anyone who has the money to enter.
if the thought of sitting offline or online and playing
cards sounds boring, this one is not for you. Poker
is a game of skill and a game of knowing how act at
the table. Time almost stands still and at times the
game can be a little boring early on. If you have
an interest in poker and you have Xbox Live, you will
certainly get more out
of this budget title than someone who only plays it
has a decent create-a-player option and you could
spend over an hour setting up your player's looks.
Why you would want to do this is another question
all it's own. As impressive as this option is, they
could have cut on the time spent fine tuning this
feature and spent more time on other areas of the
game. The game does look decent though. The tournaments
are held in some interesting places. Every place has
a theme and its own background noises and music. They
added some nice visuals yet it could have used more.
Even though this is a card game, graphics help make
the game hold your interests. You will also need to
adjust the music and sound to your own personal taste.
Poker players are funny. Some do not want to hear
anything but the shuffling of the cards and the chips
or the words bet, call, raise or fold. Others like
distractions and will use this to their advantage.
Now this is just a card game. No other gambling is
offered. It is a challenge and they added a tutorial
to learn the finer points of each game or variation
of each one. The tutorial ranges from five-card draw
to the Texas hold 'em. They also included a "Hand
Advisor". By hitting the black button you will
see your hand, the best possibilities and a little
info. It really is not going to advise you on what
to do or how to bet.
is for those who enjoy poker plain and simple! It
will take hours beating each table and earning more
tournaments to play in. You will need to sit through
some small games that will play out at a snail's pace.
Once you get into the bigger money games the action
picks up and so will the competition. The AI Players
on the offline modes are not easy to read which makes
it harder to know if they are bluffing. The online
mode is where the game really shines, however, no
matter your skills at the game; you will need to play
the game offline to build up your cash. You do start
off with a thousand dollars. Just be careful not to
blow it. If you want to go online, it's simple to
join a game or create your own. This part was well
designed. Your biggest problem may be finding players
to join. After all, the game is only going to appeal
to those who enjoy playing cards. You can talk and
play just like in a real game of poker. You may want
to feel out the players first though. Some like to
shoot the breeze
and have fun while others just want to play and let
their skills do the talking for them.
$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.