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Review of the WPT Season 2 DVD Set

SHOUT! Factory World Poker Tour Season Two DVD Set

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This eight-disk DVD set contains 14 episodes from the 2003-2004 World Poker Tour. Each disk contains two episodes of about 1 hour and twenty-five minutes in length. There are no commercials and, except for Disk 8, there are no 'extra' features included. It's the exact same show that you see on television.

Four of the games contain a voice-over commentary by either Daniel Negreanu and Erick Lindgren or by Antonio Esfardiari and Phil Laak (The Unabomber). Some of the commentaries are extremely interesting because they offer an inside view as to why a hand was played a certain way and why a decision was made. I really enjoyed the discussions about the amount of bets and the repercussions of the bet on further betting rounds in the hand.

Watching, and re-watching these DVD's over and over again will probably help your poker game more than most poker books will. Keep in mind that the play of these professionals is much better than what you will find at any home game! Don't expect your average home poker player to play at the same skill level.

The price of the 8-disk WPT Season 2 DVD Set is $60. You get over 20 hours of live poker play and another hour of extra features on disk 8 ... a good deal for the money!

Here is a breakdown of the different episodes ...

Disk 1

Bicycle Casino's Legends of Poker - Los Angeles, CA

Chip Jett, Mel Judah, Farzad Bonyadi, Phil Laak, T.J. Cloutier, Paul Phillips

Borgata Poker Open - Atlantic City, NJ

Mickey Seagle, Randy Burger, Noli Francisco, David Oppenheim, Charlie Shoten, Carlos Mortensen

Disk 2

Foxwood's World Poker Finals - Mashantucket, CT

Brian Haveson, Senthil Kumar, Chris Ackerman, Mohamed Ibrahim, Phil Hellmuth, Jr., Hoyt Corkins

Bellagio's Five Diamond World Poker Classic - Las Vegas, NV

Mel Judah, Dewey Tomko, Tino Lechich, Paul Phillips, Abe Mosseri, Gus Hansen

Disk 3

Grand Prix de Paris - Paris, France

Lee Salem, George Paravoliasakis, Jamie Posner, Erick Lindgren, Jan Boubli, David Benyamine

Aruba Hosts Ultimate Poker Challenge - Aruba

Rick Casper, Erick Lindgren, Daniel Larsson, Ted Harrington, Barry Shulman, Anthony Fagan

Disk 4

Caribbean Poker Adventure - Caribbean Cruise

John D'Agostino, Remco Shrijvers, Michael Bendetto, Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Hoyt Corkins

Commentary by Erick Lindgren and Daniel Negreanu

This is one of the best WPT episodes! It quickly becomes a three-way contest between Hansen, Negreanu and Corkins, three of the more exciting poker players to watch. The voice-over commentary by Lindgren and Negreanu is very good, they give a lot of insight into why hands were played a certain way. You can learn quite a bit about poker strategy from watching videos such as this.

Binion's World Poker Open - Tunica , MS

Tony Hartman, Can Kim Hua, Barry Greenstein, Chip Reese, James Tippin, Randy Jensen

Disk 5

Commerce Casino's L.A. Poker Classic - Los Angeles, CA

Mike Keohan, David Benyamine, Bill Gazes, Adam Schoenfeld, Vinny Vinh, Antonio Esfandiari

Commentary by Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak
The voice-over commentary by Esfandiari and Laak is good. They get into specifics about many of the hands that are played.

WPT Celebrity Invitational - Los Angeles, CA

Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Harry Demetriou, Joe Cassidy, Humberto Brenes, John Juanda

Commentary by Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak

This is the game where Phil (The Unabomber) Laak goes a little ... crazy! You'll either love it or hate it. The voice-over commentary is not quite as good as the others. It seems that even The Unabomber himself can't explain all his actions and thoughts!

Disk 6

San Jose's Bay 101 Shooting Stars of Poker - San Jose, CA

Suzie Kim, Mark Mache, Scott Wilson, Chris Moneymaker, Masoud Shojaei, Phil Gordon

Cruisin' Mexico with the Party Poker Million - Mexican Riviera Cruise

Barry Greenstein, Scotty Nguyen, Steve Zolotow, Daniel Negreanu, Erick Lindgren, Chris Hinchcliffe

Commentary by Erick Lindgren and Daniel Negreanu. This is a limit, as opposed to a no-limit, game.

Disk 7

Reno Hilton's World Poker Challenge - Reno, NV

Young Phan, Pete Muller, Tony Bloom, Harry Knapp, Michael Kinney, Paul Clark

World Poker Tour Championship - Las Vegas, NV

Steve Brecher, Russell Rosenblum, Hasan Habib, Richard Grijalva, Matt Matros, Martin de Knijff

Disk 8


The highlight of this disk is the Expanded Poker Corner. Mike Sexton, Daniel Negreanu, Annie Duke and Phil Hellmuth review the play of the final table of the WPT Championship game. They discuss some of the more important hands in the game and give insight and criticism into each players decisions. They seem to agree on very little but this is a very interesting segment.

There are also some normal length Poker Corner's (a minute or two) and some player profiles on this disk. In general, it's all stuff you've already seen in the normal episodes.

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