Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. The long-time problems that do and will always hold gambling videogames down still exist here, mainly the fact that human emotion and reaction cannot be duplicated and gambling with fake money isn't always satisfying when you can pull a real game together with your friends, but with all elements considered there simply isn't a better videogame simulation of the popular card game to be found.
  2. Newcomers and poker addicts alike should all be pleasantly surprised by World Championship Poker 2's simple, easy to learn interface and addictive gameplay.
  3. While this game still falls short in a variety of areas, the nuts and bolts of the poker playing are in place and are perfectly tweaked.
  4. World Championship Poker 2's offline play is the best you'll find amid this year's competition, and the online play is still pretty engaging.
  5. The best poker game on the market. Not by much, but it is nonetheless. The career mode, quick play, and multiplayer aspects of the game all combine to make a nice little package for your hard-earned twenty bucks.
  6. Presentational quibbles aside, though, this is a really good game. A bit more polish (and by 'a bit' we mean 'a lot'), a few more career options and some recognisable licensing and this could become an essential purchase for poker fans.
  7. 70
    WCP2 features nice AI and a healthy singleplayer career plagued by many presentation issues and a lack of second year polish. There's also a run-of-the-mill multiplayer game.
  8. The game has its flaws, especially in the design and in some parts of the Career Mode, but it also serves up some mighty fine aspects that could serve the series better in its obviously-coming third incarnation.
  9. Grueling career mode will make you want to cut off your right hand. [Jan 2006, p.75]

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