On top of the addition of free-to-play elements, "World Series of Poker" adds ESPN announcers Lon McEachern and Norman Chad plus real-world casinos where players can have their Xbox LIVE Avatars put on their best poker faces.
Players will receive a stack of chips to play with every day that they can blow on single tables locally or online and in online tournaments including eight head-to-head Pro Takedowns, and an All-in Pro Takedown Tournament. Presumably, additional chips can be purchased but Microsoft has not revealed any details yet on how the micro-transaction portion of "World Series of Poker" will work.
"World Series of Poker" can be played across devices which means players can throw down hands on the Xbox 360 before continuing to play on their Windows 8 PC, tablet or smartphone.
Microsoft promises a "constant stream of updates and new content" to keep players coming back for more.
The release of "World Series of Poker" will mark the second free-to-play title released on the Xbox 360 following last year's released of "Happy Wars". Microsoft also has another free-to-player title called "Ascend: New Gods" in the works.