Television Poker Has Jumped the Shark

television-pokerTelevision poker has spread all over late night TV like an aggressive mold growth, and I realized recently that it’s leaped over the proverbial shark, several times. No great revelation there, but it really sunk home for me the other night when I surfed into a game where Phil Ivey was at the table eating leftovers out of a pie tin while the other players discussed apartment hunting.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the antithesis of gripping, edge-of-your-seat television. Poker isn’t the most dramatic sport to watch (and arguably not even a sport), but I felt like at any minute Joe the Plumber might bust in with a twelve-pack of Natty Light and some generic pizza rolls.

I got into Texas Hold ‘Em — and yes, made some money playing online poker — back in the days of Celebrity Poker Showdown on Bravo. The poker on that show wasn’t always professional, but it was usually funny, light, and interesting if one of the guests was an actor or personality whom you admired. Those were some fun times. Looks like they’re gone now.


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  1. I haven’t had the experience to play Texas Hold ‘Em or a Poker Game, unless they’re typically like Spades, Solitar, or Blackjack, but these card games fascinate my attention upon the players and ofcourse the cards. They’re almost traditional as years go by as everyone can sees a familiar face upon a panal or on a television show. Your mind concentrates and play upon tuition, but elapses against the other player’s characteristic or skill. By this I mean, their pokerface to conceal their ‘real’ intention or emotion. Sometimes, a player tells a tale or a joke to subdue their own troubles or create a calmer atmosphere around them. Either way, I find it amusing to see folks tell tall tales from their background stories and sadden for their loss in compensation.

  2. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the antithesis of gripping, edge-of-your-seat television. Poker isn

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