Posted by Johnnymac 5:28 PM
OK, I finally got around to watching 'Tilt' this afternoon (I looooove my Tivo) and I have to say it's just about the worst shit I have ever seen on television. I kind of expected it anyway, as soon as I heard about it almost a year ago, but it's worse than I expected:
- The poker scenes are entirely unrealistic (it doesn't take "a pair" to draw to a gutshot straight, it takes a moron, which, there appears to be plenty of in this program because every hand that's shown on screen comes down to someone catching a middle card right in the midsection).
- The characters are worse that caricatures, especially the chick who was supposedly playing no limit holdem when she was 12.
- Michael Madsen is just awful. The 'Mr Blonde' character was great back in 1994; not so in a show about poker, where watching this I half-expected him to douse TJ Cloutier in gasoline and start dancing around the poker table.
- The dialog is awful (see the "No, I have a pair" line)
All in all, this dogshit is perfect for every 18 year old moron on Pokerstars who lives to be the next Dutch Boyd, but for the rest of us, who know something about the game, it's unwatchable crap. If my wife were to watch this I would never get to go to Vegas again because it would just reinforce all of her negative stereotypes that I've done such a good job erasing over the past couple years.
I don't blame ESPN for trying to come up with something that will keep the WPT crowd in front of the TV after they've worn out all of the tapes of Chris Moneymaker and Fossilman, but then again, I generally don't watch the tournament broadcasts, either. Maybe I'm just not the target audience, but I don't get it.
How is Rounders so good and this so bad and they both come from the same writers?