First german celebrity poker tourney…
Friday July 07th 2006, 12:28 am
Filed under: No-Limit Hold'em,Poker Stuff,Shorthanded,Tournaments

…aka the biggest bullshit I’ve seen in my life. German tv host Stefan Raab hosted the first german celebrity poker tourney tonight. Setup: There were 4 other celebrities invited (german pop singer Sasha, TV comedian Elton, actress Heike Makatsch and comedian Bully Herbig) which were joined by an online qualifier (a 19 year old student, who allegedly beat a field of nearly 50.000 players to win the seat). Starting chips: 10k, blinds starting with 50/100.

There were some weird plays early on and you could really feel that most of the players at the table didn’t know what the hell they were doing. They were calling down bs hands like crazy and there was not much movement at the table. Then the luck/bs factor came into play as they kept raising the blinds like crazy (up to 3k/6k within the last 30 minutes). The host Stefan Raab put a bad beat on the online qualifier as he cracked the pocket kings with 36o, shortly after that he busted out in 4th, not to shabby though – 10.000 Euro for a little poker on television.

In the end it was happy go lucky as tv comedian Elton hit the deck like crazy to take down the 50.000 Euro. I was really looking forward to the event and I was disappointed. Too few poker hands crammed into a two hour format with commercial after commercial and a crapshoot blinds structures, all I can say is one thumb up for Bully Herbig’s comedic performance at the table and two thumbs down for the overall tourney…

…maybe it’s time that a major player in the poker game (e.g. PokerStars, FullTiltPoker, …) got involved in such a tourney…

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