Poker Overkill Article

Imagine being a chocoholic and landing a job in a candy store. Going to work everyday would be ecstasy where you are constantly surrounded by the love of your life. No matter the time of day, you can reach over your shoulder and grab a handful of smores, chocolate-covered cashews or any other confectionery work of art. As much as this sounds like a little slice of heaven on earth, it would grow tiresome after a while.

All that chocolate leads to a bigger waistline and a gross feeling of overkill.

A few years ago, I felt like that sweets-loving guy who just started working at the candy store. After years of having little poker on television to watch, it changed all of a sudden, and there magically in front of me no matter the time of day was a smorgasbord of poker programming. I reveled in the fact that I no longer had to watch Wheel of Fortune or re-runs of 7th Heaven. Poker was practically on television 24 hours a day, and because of that I devoured every possible morsel.

Now, I am starting to get a little indigestion. Too much of anything is never a good thing. Taking a survey of the current landscape of televised poker, the amount of programs devoted to the game just surpassed the critical mass.

Televised poker has become so diluted that it is difficult to find the great players in action. Too many television networks are hosting games and using less than credible players, all in an effort to join the poker boom. The loser here is the poker nut who prefers to watch the guys and girls who play poker for a living in action.

Just the other night, shuffling through my cable stations, I came across Bravo's celebrity Poker. Great poker on television; however, the game was filled with people like director Penny Marshall, who was unsure of whether or not a flush beats a straight. No problem, just switch the channel and find more poker. That was exactly the case when I stumbled on the Speed Channel. Yes there was a poker game, but the game featured NASCAR drivers. I don't even want to watch these guys do what they're good at, driving fast, let alone see them learn the rules of poker and make stupid plays from the comfort of my living room.

Later on that fateful evening, I came across something called Hip-Hop Poker. Lets just say for a country music fan like myself who prays at the gravestone of Buck Owens, I am not watching poker played while rap music is pumped in on the background sound system.

Then there is the Mid West Poker Tour on some channel well past 177 on my cable dial. That game had good players, but unfortunately the production value of the telecast looked like a high school kid taking a video camera for a test drive shot the action.

When it comes to televised poker, be careful for what you wish for. With so many televised poker events currently available, it is becoming harder to sift through the quantity to find the quality.

Aaron J. Moore
Author Bio: Aaron Moore is a Princeton, N.J., based freelance sportswriter who loves poker as much as he does the Philadelphia Phillies. Needless to say, even if he wins a miniscule amount at the poker table, he is better off than his favorite baseball team.

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