done a whack of reviews on various gaming games, by
that I mean gambling. You see, I am a gambler in the
true sense of the word. I'm not professional by any
stretch but I do play in real casinos with real money
and I have read a lot of books on the subject including
plenty of strategy guides. I am by far the site's
ultimate authority on gambling. I am also broke.
there's one bit of advice that I can impart to causal
or potential gamblers, it's that if you're playing
against the house, you are eventually going to lose.
That's a scientific, mathematical fact. It's not even
up for dispute. The odds are in favor of the house
for every single game it contains. Poker,on the other
hand, is a different phenomenon. You're not playing
against the house with predetermined odds, you're
playing against other individuals. Make no mistake,
it still boils down to getting the right cards but
there is also a huge human factor to the game that
allows for a broad range of skills to be put to use
that can't be used in a casino.
World Poker Tour on the GBA does not feature flawless
human interaction. It's merely simulated and not very
well at that. One of the main skills that a poker
player can acquire is psychology. Knowing how to read
the other player and psyching him or her out. These
are called "tells" and "bluffs,"
respectively. By using psychology, a skilled player
can circumnavigate his way through the game without
great cards. Due to the aggressive nature of the AI
in this game you won't be able to put these skills
to use. Nor will you be able to develop them. You
will have players call you with cards that they should
have folded on before the flop. This is not realistic
gamers will get some enjoyment out of the game but
the lack of depth puts it in the "novelty"
category. Experienced gamblers might get an hour out
of it before they start twitching for some real action.
don't have to go through the rules of the games, there
are some handy tutorials available on all games, though
they aren't interactive which is a bit of a bummer.
First of all I should address the price of this game.
At twenty bucks you can't really expect much and you
don't really get much. At best this game will introduce
you to the various poker games such as Omaha, Pineapple,
Double Flop Hold 'Em, Super Hold 'Em, Billabong, Tahoe
and Shanghai. But it's undoubtedly Texas Hold 'Em
that is the star of the show and you'll be able to
take part in a simulated tournament like you see on
mode simulates a pro's progress through the dog-eat-dog
world of tournament poker. Create your character and
set him loose on the felt. The opponents get tougher
as you climb the ranks. The more games you win, the
better locations you will play in and the more money
you will amass. This can be displayed by outfitting
your character with various bling bling accessories.
A variety of game styles are available including quick
draw, satellite and casino.
anything, World Tour Poker is easy to play. The interface
couldn't be more accessible and I give the developers
credit for making this painless. The graphics and
sound effects are at a minimum which is acceptable
except that there's no way to gauge a player's emotions.
There are just some things that can't be properly
simulated in a videogame.
I've said in other poker reviews, you can download
programs and play online for free, against real players.
And the best part is that you don't have to play for
real money. But if portability is an issue then you
might want to ante up for a copy of World Tour Poker.