"King" of Vegas

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Caught the premier of "King of Vegas" on Spike this week. Lame.

Clearly everyone is trying to expand Poker's coattails. Thing is, they've tried this before with other Casino games. The magic doesn't translate. In poker players must necessarily win as it is a man vs. man game. Not so with games like Blackjack, Roulette and Craps. These games are man vs. house and are tilted toward the house. So in these games, the "winners" are often the players who lose the least, which makes me wonder why Vegas gets behind these ventures.

Just as annoying are some of the players who are trying to put themselves on the map. One guy showed up dressed to pimp and Hollywood Dave, the Blackjack "expert" who first appeared on an earlier version of this concept, still needs to be slapped.

To remove any remaining potential for skill to play a role, they play a minimal amount at each game. Even the guys who really do succeed at Blackjack, the counters, understand that a winning advantage can only be gained over the long haul.

Most curious of all is Poker's role in this concept. The contestants who don't perform well at the other games are sent to the Texas Hold-em Death Match where the loser is sent packing. This puts the two World Class poker players, Mike "the mouth" Matusow and 2004 WSOP runner-up David Williams at a huge advantage. Talk about a wolf among the sheep! The timid blackjack players clearly had no idea how to handle Matusow, an opponent with unpredictable responses.

Unless Poker will be taken out of the equation later on, I don't see how Matusow and Williams can lose.


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