'World Poker Tour' Heads to PSP17 Jan, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf
PlayStation Portable lovers will soon be able to throw their chips in with the World Poker Tour.
This spring, 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., will release World Poker Tour for the PSP. WPT features real-life professional poker stars and venues featured in the popular “World Poker Tour” television series with enhanced A.I. players, customizable characters and online capabilities compatible with PlayStation 2 consoles.
"With the growing popularity of televised poker shows such as “World Poker Tour,” poker has become a mainstream sport," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "By partnering with the trusted “World Poker Tour” brand, we are bringing both gamers and poker fans alike the most realistic poker experience available.”
World Poker Tour for PSP will feature the virtual equivalents of real pros such as Antonio "the Magician" Esfandiari, Erick Lindgren, Evelyn Ng, Lyle Berman, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Phil "Unabomber" Laak.
PSP gamers will be able wirelessly connect with and play against other PSP poker fans or hook up to the PS2 and compete online.
The game features 1,200 poker characters to chose from , each with their own unique “playing” style and personal behavior. Gamers who bump up their virtual winnings can unlock custom clothes, accessories, and invitational events found only in the PSP version.