ESPN’s gala premiere of “TILT,” shown January 13th, seems to be drawing dead from the start.
The show, starring Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Vol. 2) as poker champion Don “The Matador” Everest, is not going to persuade anyone who was thinking about playing the game to join the party. It portrays everyone in it, from the head of the casino to the worthless runner at the bottom, in a genuinely bad sense. There was not one redeeming quality that you could put on any of the characters. Perhaps most fatally, it seemed to be overly dramatic, sophomoric and badly acted and written from the start.
In the premier episode, you are given three young guns (none worth mentioning more than that) who, in one way or another, have been stripped of their bankrolls by “The Matador.” They have been banded together by another old-timer who, which hasn’t been stated yet, has also lost out to “The Matador.” Of course, there is tension between the three, with the two men (black and white) normally being separated from each other by the woman, who’s the third member of the team.
“The Matador,” meanwhile, has the head of the casino setting up games for him that have already been rigged with colusional playersand that will pay them off the Best Bets Today. Not ten minutes into the program (and in a scene which will not please most female viewers), we get to see Madsen receive oral pleasure from a hooker in the employ of the casino owner. Additionally, he seems to have a sidelight with another casino head (it appears; once again, it hasn’t been stated yet) and, at the very end of the program, breaks the arm of the runner in the employ of the old-timer and his crew …
Like any game involving cards, poker does involve a lot of luck, but if you are new to playing Texas Hold ‘Em, then you are also playing a game that takes a lot of skill. This is the hot game in America right now, and as such everyone wants to play. If you’re new to the game, then you should know that there are many common Bandarq mistakes that beginning, and even intermediate, players make. Avoiding these mistakes like the plague will help improve your game dramatically.
#1 Mistake: Playing way too many hands.
This is the most common of all mistakes and costs rookies the most money. This can be understandable. When you sit down at a card table, you want to play. The problem is you need to know hand strengths. J-10 off-suit looks like a good hand. It isn’t. Not enough if you have to pay to get in, or if you are playing at a full Bandarq table. Too often players will play anything with an ace. If you have A-2, what do you think your chances are when another player holds A-K? Card rankings exist for a reason, and while you can get lucky in the short term, in the long term no one is immune to the math.
#2 Mistake: Playing for more than you can afford.
This should be a basic, and yet it happens. This often happens after several bad beats, or they just become greedy. If it is because of bad beats, remember, you get better players at higher tables. Even though this might mean less eight person hands, it also means that at the end of the day these guys are more likely to …