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  • Summary: Features 12 types of poker and card games including Texas Hold'em, Five Card Draw , Video Poker and Black Jack. Interactive Poker tutorials for each game. Wireless multiplayer for up to six players, featuring a "smack talk" system so you can taunt your opponents. Quick Play for players who just want to play a quick tournament style card game. Career mode that features four 3D themed casinos, poker tournaments, a Loan Shark and a Gift Shop. Customize your character with "bling" as you rake in more pots! Expand
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  1. Poker fans will lap this up, and a few non-poker fans like myself will become converts simply due to the fact that the game explains things so clearly. As much as the laws of logic say that I shouldn't be saying this, World Championship Poker is a highly addictive game.
  2. It falters in the single-player game just a bit, but there’s enough here to satisfy veteran poker players and hook newcomers in with a wide variety of card games, mini-games and a really great multiplayer mode.
  3. Whether or not you enjoy the game's single-player modes, however, will depend on your ability to forgive the design flaws that make it nearly impossible to establish reads and tells against CPU opponents.
  4. 65
    Deluxe Series is no more than baby steps beyond its predecessor, and is only recommended on the theory that the card games selected for the package lend themselves better to a portable format than the console versions.
  5. It will sharpen your skills if you're a novice but aficionados will likely shake their heads at some of the obvious flaws.
  6. The controls are a little slow to respond, and the computer-controlled characters' repeated phrases lose their humor after a while, but the game is a solid play nontheless. [June 2005, p.97]
  7. If you really must have your poker in video game form, several online gambling sites offer free poker games for users to test out. These are both terrific and cheaper alternatives to this overpriced title.

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  1. [Anonymous]
    May 1, 2005
    WAYYYY better than expected. If you dig poker, this is a must buy. Expected a mediocre game at best . . . this one is a sleeper.
  2. TheFunk
    May 11, 2005
    One of my favorite games on the DS. In multiplayer mode it's fantastic. Better than the real thing! A comprehensive tutorial mode makes it really easy to learn how to play even if you never played Poker before. A nice idea moving around from Casino to Casino in First Person view, it has some nice visuals and solid graphics. The sound can become a little tedious at times and once you've heard 'Read em n weep' for the umpteenth time you might be sliding the sound off altogether. That doesn't detract from the fact that WCP is an excellent game. Using the stylus is very natural once you understand the rythym of the game and there is plenty of longevity here as WCP has a big career mode. A great addition to any collection. Expand