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World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets - PlayStation 2

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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation2
  • Single Player
  • Over 20 official Wsor Tournament events
  • Learn to play like the pros

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Platform: PlayStation2
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  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 6.1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: December 14, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,992 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Platform: PlayStation2

Enter the largest sporting event in the world, the World Series of Poker, and battle "The Poker Brat" Phil Hellmuth along the way! Build your bankroll and face-off against some of the world's top pros in your quest to win the championship bracelet for the $10,000 main event.

  • All Star Pro Line-up featuring Phil "The Poker Brat" Hellmuth
  • Special Heads-up tournament mode for intense poker action
  • New locations including Paris, Flamingo, Bally's Harrah's Las Vegas
  • Unlock upgrades to the most exclusive VIP suites in Las Vegas
  • New poker tutorials and learning tools to improve your game

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
UPDATED: Oct. 8, 2007

I'm giving this game 3.5 stars overall and increasing my FUN rating to 3 stars, because I've just noticed that the Cpu players will now occasionally LIMP in when first into the pot (thus betting is a bit more realistic than last year's game). Otherwise, it would get just 3 stars overall.

Important Note: The PS2 game case is not accurate. On the front cover my case incorrectly lists that Seidel, Lieu, and Arieh are in the game. As well, the Amazon product description mentions that Shannon Elizabeth is in the game. She's not here either (there are NO player chips for them). However, I believe they are only in the XBox 360 version. Also, on the back of my PS2 case it shows a Heads-Up Ladder Tournament with 12 large player pictures. The actual PS2 Heads-Up Ladder Tournament has only 8 small player pictures arranged in a different configuration. So most likely that picture on the PS2 box is from the XBox 360 version. However, it's also possible that after the boxes were made, they changed the way the game looked, even for the XBox 360 version.

Here's The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

The Good: Some cooler statistics, bit more suspenseful 2 player All-in showdowns (they are a bit slower--thus easier to follow, with some commentary between card flips, and the all-in players are shown in side-by-side, split-screen windows), and although it's a fairly RARE occurrence, the Cpu players will now sometimes just LIMP (Call the BB) into a pot, when they're first to bet in an unopened pot, rather than always RAISE, like they did in last year's game (for No-Limit Texas Hold'em only).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than last years! October 22, 2007
By A. Nuon
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The new features in wsop 2008 version are nice. There are times you go into heads up and it does a split screen with the %. That is pretty cool. The online multiplayer is funny. But it doesn't lock up like other poker games on the ps2. This one has a pretty good connection. There should be more lively AI's. In this version you can tell they are working little by little to improve this area. Yeah I don't like the animation in the background. Actually not animation but rather a still shot of people that dont move and it doesn't look real. There should be an option just to have an empty background. I don't know why that bugs me. Anyways... The added mini games is another nice touch. While waiting for other players, you can play black jack. I sometimes find myself lost into black Jack. The fact that you can now set it to fold ahead of time and not wait, THUMBS UP! Just like in pokerstars. It isnt much of a feature but little things like that make it worth while. There are some flaws in the game. Like in the other review it's true. The lettering is horrible. You really do have to strange your eyes just to make out the letters and chip count. It should of been blown up when it is on the player. The betting is funny too. You would raise $100 and your character would grab a stack. Than if someone raises you $500 your character grabs 1 chip of the same color and throw it in...lol. Another flaw I would see is I would have the best hand. Pocket ACES, Push all in with 3k. Only to be called by an AI pro with a 10,7 suited, sometimes unsuited. That doesn't make sense??????

The fact that they put many poker pros into 2008 is great. Almost all of the models look like them on the ps2 version, except for men the master and annie duke.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
As a player of almost every console based poker game, I of course felt the need to pick up the latest wsop title to see the improvements over the previous version.

I found that It was almost impossible to follow the action due to the tiny print on the "Heads up Display" which tells you what the bet amounts and the player's current stacks are. It was made worse by a split screen which could not be turned off.

It's really unfortunate when a game developer takes the trouble to make an otherwise decent game and then makes it unplayable throught some completely avoidable error like making the controls counter-intuitive or the text impossible to read in a game where it is crucial.

Within a few minutes of trying to deal with this game, I put it away and took out my version of wsop 2007 which is very similar except for the more readable text and cards.

Also almost all of the dialog and commentary is the same for 2008 as it was for 2007.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was a gift March 24, 2014
Platform for Display:PlayStation2|Verified Purchase
This was a gift so I really don't know anything about it. I would thing one would really like to play and watch card games to want this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy The Game April 25, 2013
By Joe
Platform for Display:PlayStation2|Verified Purchase
Fun poker game. The set up of the Career Mode is just like the actual World Series of Poker, multiple tounraments with anywhere from 200 - 6000 people competing in each. Wide array of games from No Limit Hold'em to Stud. Game arrived on time, and in excellent condition.
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By paydirt
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
In the 2008 edition of the World Series of Poker, There is an upgrade of the amount and selection of pro players. I like the addition of Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, Jen Harman, Mike Matusow, Michael Mizrachi, and Gavin Smith are some of the highlighted new comers in the 2008 edition. Not to mention some of the returning familiar faces such as Scotty Ngyuen, Chris Freguson, TJ Cloutier, Jen Tilly, and Clonie Gowen are involved in the game and that gives it a more of a star element to make it slightly more appealing than an average poker video game. Doyle Brunson's absence in the game is a slight draw back, his addition would have added a little bit more of a historic touch that would have accentuated the game nicely.

A few of the improvements that I noticed over the 2007 Tournament of Champions edition are this

1. The 2008 version has a more wide variety of events over the 2007 version, with various limit hold em games as well as 7 card stud, not available for 2007 in the normal events. There is also omaha, omaha hi/lo, seven card stud eight or better, razz, various pot limit events for hold em, omaha, and they also have a bracelet event for the H.O.R.S.E. game, a hefty $50,000 buy in. I thought that it was a nice touch and a welcome edition.

2. Game play of the events. The game play of the events is a little more difficult to navigate through. In the 2007 game I managed to win all but 3 of the 16 events. In the 2008 version I have managed to win 4 bracelets out of numerous events, taking more than 12 seasons to do so. Winning the bracelet is an actual challenge and they are not just handing them out. It makes it possible to set some goals as far as the amount of bracelets that you are capable of accumulating.
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