Shout! Factory has been the company that released the World Poker Tour on DVD. This special episode, coined "The Bad Boys of Poker", was a special freeroll invitation only episode, featuring Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, Paul Darden, Phil Laak, David Ulliot and a sweepstakes winner Mark Richards (amateur player). Although part of season 2, it was not included in the season 2 box set release, which only included episodes from the tour, and excluded these special freeroll tournaments. Instead, it was released on a stand alone DVD special.
First let's talk about the episode. Well, the tournament itself is a little slow going, only because it was a freeroll invitation only tournament, and every player had $250,000 in chips. A highlight of the episode was Gus Hansen's amazing "junk hand" call against Antonio Esfandiari, causing him to be eliminated from the tournament. Another highlight was watching amateur Mark Richards play, shaking every time he put a bet in. It was also funny that he made it to the final three. In the end, it was Paul Darden vs Gus Hansen. Paul's stack had decreased signficantly, and was pretty much blinded out. As the episode came to a close, Gus Hansen took home the victory.
About the DVD, it was well made. There were trailers at the beginning of the disc, which is always annoying, but other than that, the picture quality was clear, the sound was clear, and it featured selectable audio commentary by Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari. Included as well were "bad boy bios", and "bad boy moments" from previous WPT episodes.
All in all, this DVD is nice to have in your collection, but not 100% necessary. I mean, after all, it is only one episode, and it wasn't even a real tournament.