27 August 2005

Wilson Turbo Upgrade Review

I've purchased the upgrades for my Wilson Turbo Hold Em (v. 6) and for Turbo Tournament (v. 5). I'll discuss the Turbo Tournament as I've played it more often. First, the negatives. They've provided animation, I assume to compete with the video games. All of the player faces look like they are cavemen. It is a major distraction which also slows the play down, so I turned it off.

The positives:
  • Play is significantly more realistic than the previous version. Previous version would act predictably, allowing you to check around, then take down a pot with a bet on the turn. Now, you have better quality, more varied play.
  • There is a fourth difficulty level, which is the only level I've played.
  • There are now limit, no-limit, and pot limit tourneys with re-buys optional.
  • There is a WSOP Main Event setting as well.
  • The history feature remains, which keeps track of your financial history/success
There still are some weak areas of the game. Some other simulators provide statistical data to aid in decision making, which would be helpful. The Turbo Hold Em will keep track of your finances, as well as an analysis of starting hand results. I'm not too familiar with Bob Wilson. I assume he's been at this prior to the boom of poker, as James McManus mentions the simulator in his Positively Fifth Street book. It definitely provides stronger quality practice when preparing for a casino trip or a tournament. As with any package, probably alot more functionaltiy that I don't know about. I would recommend it as a standard part of any poker player's desktop or laptop. For a Closet Poker Player, it is indispensable.

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