Tuesday, July 19, 2005

2004 WSOP DVD Review

For those of you poker fans without access to cable or electricity may have missed the exciting ESPN coverage of the 2004 World Series of Poker. If in fact you did miss the coverage or want to replay some of the finer moments of the $10,000 Main Event, you are in luck! The 2004 WSOP DVD is now available to purchase online at www.espnshop.com and www.championshipdvd.com.

This three disk set is a must for all poker fans who wish to relive the improbable run of one Greg "The Fossilman" Raymer thru 2,576 poker players to claim the title of "World Champion of Poker". The first and second disk contain the main event segments as originally aired on ESPN. Want to see Phil Hellmuth toss in his pocket kings and steam about it? Or the confrontation between Raymer and Mike "The Mouth" Matusow during the early rounds of the tournament, only to foreshadow their battle together after making it into the money. It is all shown in ten separate episodes from start to finish.

The third "bonus" disk contains highlights not all shown during the original broadcast of the event. My favorite was the previously untelevised final table of the Kansas City Lowball tournament. The table featured many of the game's biggest names like Howard Lederer, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, and Chau Chang. They showed a different type of poker tournament, kind of a throw-back if you will. These guys didn't do a touchdown dance or taunt their opponent if they drew the card that gave them the winning hand. They sat down and played masterful draw poker, a game of a bygone era but still very popular amongst the elite poker players of the world. If you plan on playing in the "big game" with Greenstein, Doyle Brunson, and Chip Reese you will want to take some notes while watching this event.

Also packed into the bonus disk:

- Greg Raymer's Bio and final table commentary, people often say "well, he got lucky on such and such a hand, that's why he won". Greg walks you through the logic of each major decision he had at the final table and shows sound poker making decisions. Greg reveals his road to becoming a professional poker player in his video biography.

- 2004 Tournament of Champions $2,000,000 single table tournament. Watch the "best of the best" battle it out in a winner-take-all tournament

- Poker Pro Chat segement. Poker pros offer advice that they use in their own game. My favorite was 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Johnny Chan's advice about "falling in love with a hand". There's no greater leak in my game then getting a great starting hand and losing all my chips due to what "should have won".

This three disk collection should be part of any poker fan's DVD collection, I recommend you drop by www.espnshop.com today and pick up your copy!

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