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Sept. 1, 2006
World Championship Poker 2 - PS2 Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
Q'1 2007CravePoint of View1-6$49.95

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King-Four, an average hand.
In recent years poker has become quite large the world over, no doubt due to the large TV audience which, even after 11pm in Australia on a Saturday night, seems to be growing all the time. Not only that but many of the players on the various tours seem to be becoming extremely popular and noticable. Probably for that reason one of the games superstars, Howard Lederer, has put his name to this game. World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer is actually the sequel (in case you didn't know what '2' meant) to Crave hit original and looks, well, like more poker.

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Ohhh, a $15 pot.
So this is a poker game, and one which allows you to pit your skills against players such as Howard Lederer, Greg Raymer, Clonie Gowen, Amir Vahidi, Paul Darden, Robert Williamson III, Matt Savage, and Annie Duke. The game includes an impressive array of 14 different types of poker including favourites such as Texas Hold’em, Five Card Draw, Seven Card Stud and Pineapple. The game will offer different 'levels of simulation' or difficulty such as "Real Deal" for the more experienced card shark and "Power Play" for the casual players.

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Time for the flop.
Those new to the game will be pleased to hear that the game will include tutorials, as well as hints and tips on strategy. It will also be able to customize the characters to put yourself in the game and also have player controlled bluffs, taunts and tells.

World Championship Poker 2 will include a third person TV mode (including the popular in-bumper “card cam”) or first-person mode to watch human and computer opponents more closely for signs of tells and bluffs.

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Still sitting around the table.
Graphically this game look average at best. There's little detail in the players or backgrounds. One interesting thing is that the game will include for the EyeToy USB Camera, which allows online opponents to see each other as they play, in addition to supporting text chat.

With a release set for early 2007 World Championship Poker 2 doesn't look like setting any new benchmarks but if the computer AI is good enough that will go a long way to ensuring that fans of the should, at the very least, check this title out. The only question we have is - why is it taking so long to bring this game out here? It's been out in America for months now.