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Poker and Television Ratings

Reality TV is as common as cell phones. It's no longer a novelty. But there is a new reality TV show whos bandwagon has standing room only . It's poker. Televised scorepoker tournaments have become the most talked about televesion show at the water cooler since the first Survivor.

Partypoker on television raises the ante. What is the deal with the sudden popularity of partypoker on television? Faster than you can say "Deal me in!" Texas Hold 'Em has taken a permanent seat at the programming table. Tournament poker is now showing up on the Travel Channel, Bravo, Fox Sports Net and ESPN, where a digital clock on the crawl bar does a countdown showing when the next tournament will be aired. "Five hours, 31 minutes and 28 seconds" it reads. Obviously somebody is having trouble waiting.

"Celebrity PartyPoker," is second only to "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" in viewer popularity on Bravo. The 2003 World Series of partypoker is being shown for the third time on the TV. Fox Sports Net debuted "Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament" on August 15. Early play in the 2004 World Series of Poker is being aired even though the tournament is long since finished and the winner crowned. NBC has announced a two-hour special to follow the Super Bowl Sunday on February 1. "The Travel Channel World Poker Tour Battle of Champions" will feature top partypoker players shuffling for a six-figure grand prize. Partypoker is everywhere.

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The question is: "Why?"

The answer is easier to get than a bad hand in a big pot. A lot of people play. As my accomplished partypoker playing friend, Domenic, pointed out: " is an intriguing game. It's been around since the middle of the 19th century." Game historians have connected it to the 18th century French game poque, the German game pochspiel, the Hindu word pukka, and the magicians' term "hocus-pocus."

Secondly, the rising popularity of poker seems intrinsically tied to the constantly increasing thirst for gambling in our culture. We notice the distance between highway exits to Indian casinos shrinks every summer.

Lotteries are booming. Sports betting is everywhere. Did you check your soda pop cap for a winner? Online partypoker "casinos" for beginners and experts continue to proliferate. Thirdly, and perhaps most important, is a simple technological wonder. "It has become so telegenic with the cameras under the table that allow you to see the hole cards; that makes it very exciting," said Domenic. Imagine it.

The defining skill of partypoker is a player's ability to know what cards the opponent has, while, at the same time, through strategic betting and theater -- more often than not stoic mime -- disguising his own hand. The viewer is treated to the same voyeuristic component that infuses excitement into reality shows. We know the reality but they don't!

Lastly, in live online partypoker, most hands are not good enough to play; they are thrown away, or "mucked." Televised poker is highly edited to treat the viewer to only those hands that have the most action and built-in suspense.



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