Perhaps it's because I'm late to the Friends party (catching up on DVDs), but I think a lot of the acclaim showered on this episode set me up to be disappointed. It's very funny, but I'm a bit on the lukewarm side when I evaluate it against other top-drawer episodes. Compared to other episodes that revealed the inner sides of the characters, I thought TOW All The Poker was funnier, and just as revealing in its own way, while also ratcheting up the tension.
That said, this is still great fun, and it particularly illustrates why Chandler and Monica are my favorites. Cox and Perry aren't necessarily the best actors in the ensemble, but they both inhabit their roles with such gusto that it's hilarious to watch them sink their teeth into material like this.