Television has opened up the world of poker to the masses. Whoever came up with the idea of putting cameras under the table was a genius. It is indeed a great spectator sport with the introduction of the card cam.
It’s exciting that we know what everyone has and whether the guys are genuinely putting their money in with the best hand, or they are trying to steal the money in the pot with a cleverly orchestrated bluff.
We just love watching the hand unfold, looking for the dealer to deliver the killer river card and shatter someone’s dreams of the win and a huge payout.
We sit on the edge of our seats with an eager anticipation for the outcome, like waiting to hear the numbers of this weeks Euro Millions lottery and planning what we will spend the 180 million on.
Poker on the tellybox has in fact become its own reality show, as week on week we watch the new poker shows and develop a liking, or a dislike, for the characters of the game.
We choose our favourites, like Daniel Negreanu the cheeky chappy, and can’t wait to see Phil Helmuth doing his John McEnro impression, going off his head and looking a right twit (there were many other words that sprung to mind), or the beautiful women like Liv Boeree, battling to pit her wits and skills in a game that has changed enormously and is no more, predominantly a mans world.
It’s possible for anyone to play in these games, if you pay your entrance fee you could be on the telly too, sitting next to one of your favourite players, with your friends looking at your cards.
Who said “I never bluff” now we could find out!!