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World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets Review

I believe in poker the way I believe in the American Dream.  Poker is good for you.  It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and – when played well, nourishes the wallet.  -Lou Krieger


There are a lot of Poker players in the world.  In fact, Poker traces back to (as a matter of debate) the Parisian game of Nas in the early 1800s.  Cowboys played it, kings play it, royalty play it, and paupers play it.  Through a variety of outlets, Poker has reached an unprecedented amount of players, moving it from the smoky VIP rooms to every living room in the world.  The popularity of the game has spiked lately, pushing it into the world of televised sports, and catching the eye of developer Left Field and publisher Activision who released World Series of Poker in 2005 for several consoles.  In 2006 the game came to Next-Gen platforms, entitles World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions, and was crowned the best selling card game in that year. Fast forward to today and we see the release of World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets.  Let

As I mentioned, in 2006 we saw the first Next-Generation version of World Series of Poker.  The game suffered from a bit of cookie-dough-face and some lip sync issues, but overall was a good step up from the previous-generation versions.  The folks at Left Field listened to the criticism and put the pros back into the scanner to work even harder to bring them to life.  This year

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The World Series of Poker, in general, is not for the faint of heart.  Most people simply can

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).

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