World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets




World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets

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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!

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World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets

World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets Review

By Jesse Alley |

Activision has quickly become the company to beat with its World Series of Poker franchise. In a few short years, it's gone from a lackluster title to a game that almost encapsulated the gambling experience perfectly. Building on the strengths of last year's title, Activision and Left Field Productions have recently released World Series of Poker 2008: Battle For the Bracelets. Thanks to a slicker presentation, larger sense of WSOP Tournaments and some additional features, Activision has once again produced one of the best poker games around.

The main career mode has a different twist on this year's play. As the fresh face on the WSOP block, players are no longer being taken underneath the wing of Chris "Jesus" Ferguson like they were in last year's game. Instead, you join the tour along one of three difficulty levels: amateur, semi-professional or professionally ranked player, which determines the number of events that you can enter and your starting bankroll. Of course, the object of the career mode is to expand your starting stack with prize money that you win in tournaments, but the other end of it is to gain additional Player of the Year points by performing well in tournaments to end your season with the overall Player of the Year award. Considering that means that you'll need to knock off Phil "The Poker Brat" Hellmuth, that could be a tall order for some beginners, but it's an interesting challenge to extend to people.

Think you can beat us for our bracelets?Once again, like last year, the progression from tournament to tournament feels a bit throttled back since you're dealing with events on the calendar as they come up. On open days, or those moments when you end your tournament run a bit early, you'll sometimes receive phone calls from fellow gamblers inviting you to cash only events at different hotels. This will give you another chance to increase your bank roll and points totals, with a much further reduced number of opponents. As you play, you'll earn different awards, such as collector chips for earning different hands or defeating tour pros, which you can wager online against opponents or rivals. Rivals in WSOP 2008 are online players that have defeated you in internet games or showdowns, affecting your overall standings on the online leaderboards.

While the inclusion of rivals in online play provides an additional competitive nature to the game, you won't particularly find the same thing extended to you in the single player experience. Defeating someone like Annie Duke or Mike Matusow over a series of tournaments isn't going to make them antagonistic towards you, or talk extra smack to you whenever you get to the table. Since some of the "entertainment" of watching WSOP is to witness the wilder personalities clashing over the tables, you'd think that having a poker rival or two over the course of your career would be a natural fit for the game, but it's not to be. That isn't to say that the computerized versions of the tour professionals won't give you a challenge at all; for the most part, they'll intelligently play their hands, making effective bluffs or wisely getting themselves out of losing hands without giving up a ton of money. However, you'll still run into a couple of situations where pros and random players will try to make runs with a pair of twos or a junk pocket hand, keeping their fingers crossed for a card that just isn't going to come.

WSOP 2008 features many variations of poker, including Omaha, Razz, Seven Card Stud and of course, Texas Hold 'Em, as well as extensive tutorials and tutorial options for beginners. Players can also play No Limit Hold 'Em against specific pros, create their own custom games and tournaments, or enter a speed game with continually increasing blinds and limits, as well as a clock that limits the amount of time you have to weigh decisions at the table. It also features video poker and blackjack, which is an interesting diversion, but feel like an afterthought compared to the other game modes. As you play more hands, you'll unlock tools that can be used through every round of poker. For the most part, novices will probably rely upon the pot odds tool, which continually gives you an update on how weak or strong your hand is across your initial deal, as well as the flop, turn and river. However, some of them aren't nearly as useful as they could be. While the opponent's tool gives percentages of raises or folds on a hand, I'd rather have a sense of a particular tour member's playing style as well because that dictates whether or not they're following typical behavior for that person.

This year, players will have a slicker television styled presentation.A lot of extra attention has obviously been placed on the presentation of WSOP 2008, sharpening up the menus and the look of action at the tables with the screen split into three areas: one that focuses on the table, one with a close up on the player and another one at the bottom of the screen that has an extreme close up on the cards in play. While this doesn't particularly help you as far as tells or getting a sense of what your opponents have in their hand, it gives an additional television styled presentation to the action at the tables. This is evident with the large amount of video that's scattered throughout the title, including the introductions of tournaments at Las Vegas casinos and poker tutorials. This re-tooled presentation also makes it easier to determine information like how many players are still in your particular tournament, or who the chip leaders are. Some of the video aspect ratios can be off here and there, particularly with the cell phone tutorial sections, but it's nothing major.

However, even with the increase in attention to making the game seem slicker, the game still has a number of issues with long pauses between command inputs and onscreen character responses, as well as incorrect chip count animations during bets. This is something that should've been fixed from last year's title, and is a nagging hold over that slows down and hampers the feel of the game. It also winds up exacerbating some of the other visual problems that stand out with character models, such as some of the seams or texture pixilation that crops up in hair or other parts of the body. Hopefully this will be smoothed out in future titles.

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World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets
  Playstation 3                                                                
Document Version: 1.00
By Topher Tweten []                                   
   NostalgicX, SuperNova, NOVA                                                




     (04A. Poker Terms)
     (04B. Game Rules)
       [04B1. Texas Hold'em]
       [04B2. 7 Card Stud]
       [04B3. Omaha]
       [04B4. Razz]
     (04C. Hand Rankings List)
     (05A. Quick Play)
     (05B. Career Mode)
     (05C. Multiplayer)
     (06A. Professionals)

Note: If you want to get to a certain section very fast, copy the number
      and/or letter combination and hit Control+F then paste it. You'll
      be at the section you wanted in an instant.
-                           01. LEGAL AGREEMENTS                              -

This document may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for
personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise
distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on
any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited,
and a violation of copyright.
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it is in your sole responsibility to keep up to date.

-                           02. INTRODUCTION                                 -

World Series of Poker 2008: The Official Video Game - Battle for the Bracelets
has the most robust tournament schedule ever, with more events, more bracelets,
and more poker stars than ever before. New pros like Phil "The Poker Brat"
Hellmuth, Mike "The Mouth" Mattusow, and ten time bracelet winner Johnny Chan
join the best lineup of poker players anywhere. Now that's poker, baby!

-                           03. CONTROLS                                      -

These are the default controls for World Series of Poker 2008.

Left Analog
  Controls Betting Interface

  Pause Menu

  Confirm Action

  Peek at your cards

  Pre-Move/Show Cards (Multiplayer Only)

  Hand Rankings/Help Screen

  Poker Tools

  Blackjack/Video Poker

  Control Betting Interface

Tilt Controller Forward (SIX-AXIS)
  Peek at your cards

-                           04. HOW TO PLAY                                   -

|  (04A) . Poker Terms  |

 Any point where a player makes a move

 Any player that hasn't folded

 Betting all chips into the pot

 A forced amount of chips given to the pot by each player before the flop

 The amount of money a player accumulates ovre their career

 When a player puts chips into the pot by their choice

 The two players sitting to the left of the dealer must make a forced bet
  to keep the game from being too long. The player closest to the dealer
  must put in a 'Small Blind' and the next puts in the 'Big Blind'.
  The Big Blind is double that of the Small Blind.

 An instance where a player bets strongly with a weak hand in order to lead
  on the other players that they have a strong hand in hopes that they fold

 The amount of money it costs to enter a tournament or match

 Matching the previous bet. In order to stay in a hand, you must call the
  previous bet.

 A 'pass'. The player does not bet.

 The first three cards placed in the center of the table in a Texas
  Hold'em poker game.

 To give up on a hand. After folding, the player is no longer active in 
  the hand.

 Any cards that are dealt to a player.

 The highest card in a player's hand that isn't being use for anything else.
  What this means is that if the card isn't part of any Poker Hand, then it
  is your kicker. Having a higher kicker allows you to win hands against 
  others who have the same hand as you.

 Total amount of chips that have been bet.

 When a player loses the hand because the opponent got the winning card on
  the river.

|  (04B) . Game Rules   |

This section simply described how each type of Poker game is played.

-  04B1. Texas Hold'em  -

Every player is dealt two cards, clockwise from the dealer. Once everyone has
two 'pocket' cards, there is a single round of betting. After this, the top 
card from the deck is put aside facedown. This is called a "burn" card. The 
next three cards are flipped face up in the middle of the table. Round two of 
betting. Another card is burnt. Another card is flipped (this is called the 
"turn"). Round three of betting. Another card is burnt. The final card is 
flipped (this is called the "river"). There is a final round of betting and 
after this, all active players must reveal their pocket
cards. The player with the highest ranking 5-card hand wins the pot.

-  04B2. 7 Card Stud  -

Similarly to Texas Hold'em, every player is dealt two pocket cards, clockwise 
from the dealer. There is also an initial round of betting. After this round,
three cards are flipped in front of EACH player. Another round of betting 
occurs, and the turn card is revealed to each player. Another round of betting 
will go through and the river is not revealed. It is instead put by the flop 
and turn facedown, to be revealed after the next round of betting. The player 
with the highest ranking 5-card hand wins the pot.

-  04B3. Omaha  -

This type of poker is probably the most like Texas Hold'em. The only 
fundamental difference is that each player is dealt four pocket cards instead 
of two. Anyways, like usualy, there is a round of betting pre-flop, post-flop, 
post-turn, and after the river. The player with the highest ranking 5-card
hand using only up to two of their pocket cards wins the pot.

-  04B4. Razz  -

Each player is dealt two pocket cards, clockwise from the dealer. After which,
there is a round of betting, then the flop. Then there is another round of 
betting and the turn. After the turn, there is yet another round of bets and 
finally, the river. After this final round of betting, the player with the 
highest and lowest ranking 5-card hand wins the pot.

|  (04C) . Hand Rankings List   |

Note: This list runs from highest to lowest, with Royal Flush as being the
      highest possible hand and a High Card as the lowest.

Royal Flush
 Same Suit: 10 J Q K A

Straight Flush
 Same Suit + Consecutive: Any 5 Cards

Four of a King (Quads)
 Four cards of the same face value (A 2 3 4 etc)

Full House
 Three cards of the same face value and a pair

 Same Suit: Any 5 Cards

 Consecutive: Any 5 Cards

Three of a Kind (Trips)
 Three cards of the same face value

Two Pair
 Two cards of the same face value and another two of another value

 Two cards of the same face value

High Card
 Any 5 cards which do not co-incide with any of the above

-                           05. GAME MODES                                    -

|  (05A) . Quick Play  |

Play a quick Hold'em game, create a Custom Game or Tournament, play Speed
Games, or play Video Poker and Blackjack.

|  (05B) . Career  |

Take on the best of the best as you compete in 43 WSOP events, invitational
Cash Games, and the Heads Up: "Battle the Brat" mode.

|  (05C) . Multiplayer  |

Test your skills against other poker players across the country over

-                           06. CAREER MODE                                   -

There are three difficulty settings to choose from:
 Amateur - On this difficulty level, you can participate in 19 events and
  have a starting bankroll of $25,000.
 Semi-Pro - There are 31 events available in this difficulty level, and you
  have a starting bankroll of $15,000.
 Professional - The full calendar of 43 events is open, and you have a
  starting bankroll of only $9,500.

|  (06A) . Professionals  |

All professional, real life poker players starring in this game are:

Phil Hellmuth
Cyndy Violette
Johnny Chan
TJ Cloutier
Annie Duke
Josh Arieh
Clonie Gowen
Greg Raymer
Joe Hachem
Scott Fischman
Chris Ferguson
Phil Gordon
Liz Lieu
Erik Seidel
Mike Matusow
Dave Ulliott

-                            07. VERSION HISTORY                              -
                               - Version 1.00 -

Version Updates:
  Version 1.00 - March 15, 2008
     First Draft

-                              08. CREDITS                                    -

Game Instruction Manual
  Various Descriptions

|                         (c) Christopher Tweten 2008                         |


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