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Sponsored Game Review: World Series of Poker – WSOP

April 23, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

We’ve reviewed World Series of Poker in the past, but now the game has been updated with some key new features to keep people playing such as multi-level tournaments named after famous cities all over the world, free chips every four hours, seasonal tournaments and more. There’s been some UI polish along with new features listed above, and overall the game has seen a lot of improvements. If you’re new to World Series of Poker – or WSOP for short – it’s a Poker game for Android smartphones and tablets that allows you to play online with Facebook friends as well meet new players. You acquire free chips by following WSOP on Facebook and Twitter, as well as free chips every four hours and by following daily challenges as well. There’s no need to pile real money into the game unless you genuinely want to. Whether you’re new to WSOP or a returning vet, our latest review should cover the basics and some key new features.

First thing’s first, let’s say you’re new to WSOP, you just need to download the game from Play Store and then sign in with your Facebook account or play as a guest.

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Once you sign in, you’ll see the tournaments that you can enter in the center of the screen. You’ll need to be of a certain level to enter each tournament. Leveling up in WSOP is an important part of the game, and rewards you for betting big, playing often and each time you level up you gain more free chips.

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If you’ve never played Poker, well Texas Hold ‘Em, before or you’ve forgotten the basics then WSOP will refresh your memory for you.

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I soon got back into things and I was playing along with folks online.

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You can easily send quick emotes like congratulations or a little shade, which works really well the more you play. These quick chat options help break the ice with people online, yet still keep things fairly focused on actually playing the game. Over time, I discovered that you can buy in to a game with a lot more than the minimum amount of chips. This develops a number of problems; it encourages you to bet big, and also shuts out other players on the table that have only bought in with the required amount of chips. In the below example, Avi has shown up with over $150,000 making it difficult to compete with big bets. Of course, this does mean they have more to lose as well.

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Entering into a tournament however changes this, and tournaments are really quite popular right now. You can only buy in with a small amount of cash, which keeps the tables tight and tense.

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I spent quite a bit of time playing in these tournaments, and I really enjoyed the fact that you only had $5,000 to work with.

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Sadly, I keep on hitting the “All In” button under pressure and losing it all.

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You might have noticed that there are rings you can win now. As part of a big update, players can win a tournament and keep a ring from that tournament forever. I came across some very talented players that had multiple rings from multiple tournaments. These not only show next to their profile image when you play against them, but also when you view the extensive stats for your fellow players.

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These tournaments are proving popular right now, but so too is the Spring Tournament:

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That ring will only be available from winning the Spring tournament, which is only open for a little while longer. The rings themselves add an extra layer to the game and it’s something I can see appealing to hardcore Poker players.

The interface of WSOP has evolved quite nicely since the last time I reviewed it. The meter in the bottom-right of the display is a nice indicator of how likely your hand is to win, and it changes nice and quickly when the cards hit the table, too.

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I enjoy playing Poker, however I much prefer to play it over some beers with friends and family. Of course, that’s increasing less common these days and so I turn to online Poker every now and then. WSOP is the one Poker game that genuinely keeps me coming back, it’s a combination of a laid back vibe with people looking to enjoy the game for what it is, the abundance of free chips and the tournaments that really keep things fresh. New features like giving away chips every four hours have improved the game and the rings give good players a reason to keep on playing. The quick chat options change depending on a win or a loss during a game, and it also helps players interact without introducing a creepy level and keeps the focus on the game. One thing that I was pleased to learn is that WSOP has an Ecogra certification – viewable here – which certifies with WSOP with a certified random card generator.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – WSOP ran nice and solidly on my devices and the pace of the games were nice and speedy as well.
  • Theme (4/5) – The cards look smooth, the sound effects are nice and subtle and the UI is easy to use and doesn’t feel too cluttered at all.
  • Features (5/5) – Whether or not you’re looking for something casual or something super-serious, there’s something for all levels here. The tournaments work a treat and the more experienced you become, the more likely you are to end up playing against experienced players like yourself.
  • Overall (4.5/5) – With so many of the right boxes ticked, WSOP continues to get better, and is now a must-play for Poker fans all over the world. The new tournaments and the corresponding rings keep the game fresh and give the game a purpose. WSOP has it all, and it all comes together nicely.

Pros

  • New tournament ring feature give players a status symbol to show off to other players and keeps players coming back for more.
  • With free chips every four hours and a lot of chips given out for following the game on social media, it’s even easier to avoid spending any real money here at all.
  • Seasonal tournaments are a big event for the whole community and pay out big, big winnings.
  • User interface is better than ever, with easy emotes and a handy meter to help you gauge how strong a hand you have.

Cons

  • A lot of players will go “all in” on smaller cash tables which sours some tables, but WSOP cannot control players’ minds.
  • Tipping the dealer costs a lot and essentially does nothing.

WSOP is a great Poker game, especially if you’re interested in actually playing against other real, human beings. The new interface makes it nice and easy to send emotes like congratulations or accusing folks of bluffing and the hand meter is a nice way of letting people know how well they might do when betting big. A game that offers casual players as well as those more serious about the game a good time, World Series of Poker just keeps on getting better.

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