The television series TILT, depicting poker in Las Vegas, is aptly named. It is a continuing saga of people who are unsavory, and it puts poker players in a poor light. It is unfortunate that this series comes at a time when poker is being seen as something fun and possibly rewarding if you use and employ the right combination of factors.
I would like to see an article of “condemnation” regarding the hurt that this series is inflicting on the poker community. It is in it’s essence not good for poker.
After viewing this series, many persons who have just learned the game either online or by reading poker books will be afraid to go to Vegas to participate in the fun of tournament or live play.
I certainly think that a program that shows players conspiring with management is not representative at all of the wonderful poker rooms around the country, from those in Indian casinos to those in Las Vegas casinos.
If people are used to winning either at home or online and they go to a poker room, they will never be convinced that they are getting a square gamble. This to me is totally unacceptable.
The Failed Bathroom Bluff
This might be one of those Bola88 stories that you had to be there to appreciate, but I’ll try it on you anyway. After I got eliminated from the tournament, I was washing my hands in the bathroom when two friends pulled up in front of adjacent urinals. I could hear their conversation pretty clearly:
“You still in the $20-$40 game?”
“Nah, I wasn’t doing so hot, so I took a break. How are you doing out there?”
“Me? I’m just about even.”
“Really? That’s not too bad.”
A couple of seconds went by. Finally, the “just about even” player couldn’t contain himself any longer. “Aw, who the hell am I kidding? I’m losing my ass out there!” he declared, and they chuckled ruefully.
I had to make a quick exit from the bathroom to keep from laughing out loud. I didn’t want them to think I was laughing at their misfortune, because I wasn’t. I just thought it was funny that he tried to “bluff” his friend and couldn’t even do that. I guess what they say is true: When a poker player tells you he is winning a little, that means he’s breaking even. If he says he’s breaking even, he’s not doing too well. And if he goes so far as to say that he’s losing a little, you probably don’t want to know how badly he’s really doing.
But hey, the man in the bathroom was able to come clean. For once, a poker player actually gave an honest account of his losses. Maybe there’s hope for us after all.