I happen to like edgy commercials, especially when they’re not just edgy but sexy… and written, produced and directed well. Like “The Force – Volkswagen” with the little boy dressed like Darth Vader. Or all of the Victoria’s Secret commercials, especially the ones for the Super Bowl.
Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of “Poker” commercials, and for my poker chips none better than the commercials from Poker Stars. Here is one that features Nacho vs. Brazil and it’s got it all: edgy, sexy and incredibly well done.
Last night I went to a local game that, from the rumors I’d heard, I knew was usually filled with not just amateur players but with players who made up their own rules . Throughout the course of the night I learned that the rumors were justified. These guys came up with Texas Hold em rules that often bordered on the “WTF….are you crazy?” Two of hearts is wild when there is any three on the flop….what? If you don’t like your cards….match the pot before the flop and get 2 new ones….what?
The game reminded me of the video below from the “Joey” show starring Matt Leblanc, where Joey comes up with the most absurd rules in a celebrity tournament with Alan Thicke, Louie Anderson, Coolio and Cindy Margolis.
If I ever go back to play again with the people from last night I’m going to introduce the “every suit on the flop earthquake” rule. I know that I certainly have played lots of hands where I felt like doing that.I also know that if I ever resort to playing with house rules like that at our place, I’ll call it quits and put an ad up online for a texas holdem poker table for sale.
How about you? Have you ever played with crazy rules?
We pick up on this episode of “Lost” where Kate, Hurley, and Sawyer are playing poker with some DHARMA Initiative playing cards for mangoes, papayas, and assorted Island fruit. Dr. Shepard shows off his poker knowledge when he tells Hurley to fold and tells him what he has and what Sawyer has. Sawyer challenges Doc to sit in and they end up head to head playing for all the medicine Sawyer stole from the armory. Doc ends up going “All In” with a pair of nines.
This proves that you can play poker anywhere and all you really need is some cards. You can use anything to bet with; from authentic casino poker chips to mangoes and papayas. Just have fun.
If I said it once I’ve said it a thousand times, “Poker is everywhere”.
In this edited scene from the prime time TV series, “Castle” we watch as the regular crew, including Castle’s mom, play a game of Texas Hold em. Amidst some very engaging repartee, along with a whole lot of highly charged sexual innuendo, Castle intentionally folds on a winning hand to Beckett, allowing her the win. Some time later, we see Beckett paying Castle off in the elevator, claiming she knew he threw the game.
During a rematch later in the episode, Beckett purposely mucks her own winning hand. In a titillating scene between the two of them after the game, the scenario is reversed and Castle pays her off, saying he knew she threw the game. Still later they have their typical back and forth banter and challenge each other to a head-to-head showdown, with all of us knowing that the stakes are much more than who wins at poker.