Metascore
46

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 7 out of 15
  1. If you have the PS2 and the EyeToy, you and your opponents can actually set your cameras up so you can see each other while you play; just like you were sitting at the table at Hannah's Casino. That is very cool.
  2. With a license as big as the World Series, you'd hope for something more than a merely competent poker title.
  3. I wasn’t expecting a revolution from a poker game, but it would’ve been nice to have at least one unique and/or standout feature outside of the create-a-player mode.
  4. World Series of Poker, while delivering solid table action, just doesn't deliver the superstars and televised gloss that people are going to want out of a game carrying the WSOP license.
  5. Who says you can't play poker all by yourself. The game allows you do do just that, but one misses out on one key ingredient to the poker game - the bluff.
  6. The graphics are pretty awful. This is cheap, but not cheap enough. [Dec 2005, p.110]
  7. Another attempt to cash in on poker's current online renaissance. But with no cash and terrible graphics it's a bum-deal. [Apr 2006, p.108]
  8. 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.
  9. This is a very random game of poker that wouldn't stand up to any real scrutiny. Thankfully, you can play human opponents online.
  10. 35
    Aside from the World Series of Poker name and Lon's voice, this game has nothing to do with poker's ultimate event and even fails to compete with poker products of comparable or lesser price. Nuts!
  11. Many of the games feel very unfair and almost calculated in the way they contrive to make you lose. Trying to outwit opponents by bluffing is a big no-no too, since there always seems to be one character that doesn't want to play ball and fold a hand. It just never feels like you're playing real poker against real people.
  12. The great license and the professional players just can’t make for an entertaining title thanks to a weak graphics engine and poor AI.
  13. A better option is to stay in that comfy office chair and check out the thousands of free poker games on the Internet, most of which have a slicker presentation and interface, anyway.
  14. Great for players who have absolutely no desire to experience what real poker is like. [Dec 2005, p.132]
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. PCR.
    Jul 28, 2006
    9
    Very addictive game, good for practicing before playing for real money. Each player can have their own picture via eye-toy + microphone when Very addictive game, good for practicing before playing for real money. Each player can have their own picture via eye-toy + microphone when playing. Would be good to improve graphics slightly, although this would merely be aesthetic improvement of an already excellent game. Personalisation of character good, but not as good as many other games (e.g. TW Golf). Interesting to notice the game has an age rating of 10+ in the US and 18+ in Europe. I wouldn't let my 10-year old child play it, at least not online - speech is free (swearing and occassional abuse), and no one can sensor the pictures sent via eye-toy camera, plus I'm not too sure on the ethics of teaching 10-year olds how to gamble. Great game overall, will definetely be queuing up for any future releases! Best wishes from Lapland, Finland - Land of the Midnight Sun. Full Review »
  2. DrewM.
    Dec 28, 2005
    8
    I haven't had any problems doing well in tournaments at all (I've finished in the money in several tournaments and took 2nd in a I haven't had any problems doing well in tournaments at all (I've finished in the money in several tournaments and took 2nd in a limit hold 'em) I'm trying to decide whether the game is too easy or if maybe I might be pretty good at poker. Is anyone else finding winning too easy? Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Nov 9, 2005
    1
    If you don't play no limit, it is UNBELIEVABLY slow!! If you play no limit the players are all calling stations. This game is terrible!