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atatu
02-20-2004, 12:30 PM
Every time I turn on the TV Poker is on, ESPN, Travel Channnel, Etc. Etc. Poker from Vegas, Celebrity Poker, Championship poker, (and I'm sure they show strip poker on some of those channels I don't subscribe to) not to mention having to endure that Matt Damon movie on TBS or Spike. What's the deal ? (no pun intended) I don't understand why watching a bunch of guys in sunglasses sitting around a table is more interesting than watching pro tennis.

The Franchise
02-20-2004, 01:47 PM
Two words....Scotty Nguyen.

jayserinos99
02-20-2004, 01:57 PM
Yup. He's a badass.

aceindahole2K5
02-20-2004, 03:01 PM
scotty is quite the badass......i love all the platinum and the fact that insists on drinking at the table all the time, hahha, best moment ever though, he called some guys 5 grand raise preflop with 8-3 offsuit and hit two pair or something ridiculous like that and started yelling, "F***, i thought we were playing blackjack, 11 man....."

polakosaur
02-20-2004, 04:21 PM
everyone watches poker, even more than tennis

Joe Oldschool
02-20-2004, 06:50 PM
Why its on T.V.? It's called a commercial for Las Vegas. The idea is to get people excited about gambling. It works.

Every other show on the "Travel Channel" is about Las Vegas.

kreative
02-20-2004, 09:42 PM
....and that's how you play NO LIMIT baby!

prince
02-21-2004, 04:06 AM
you should see billards men / and women .
plus spelling bee is on espn tonight too.

PistolPete
02-21-2004, 07:55 AM
I flopped a nut

Pugger10
02-21-2004, 05:45 PM
Because over half the population of the United States play poker, and it has been going on for a very long time. It is also very entertaining, to more people than tennis.

...Aceinthehole, it was a pre-flop 100,000 bet against Humberto Brenes, and made the Brenes lay down A-10, Scotty had 8-3, third worst starting hand...

Joe Average
02-21-2004, 06:34 PM
Pugger's right. I'd wager (pun intended) that more people play poker than tennis. Also, it's cheap to put on. Production costs are next to nothing. Compare that to a half hour sitcom like "Friends," where costs start at $6 million just for the cast. Cheaper to have 10 people in a house, over the course of two months, fighting for a $100,000 first prize. Or to have four people eat giant roaches for $50,000. If ESPN could make chess exciting television they'd do it. Two cameras. Two microphones. Two commentators. Two hours.

david aames
02-21-2004, 06:36 PM
I'd rather watch my neighbor mown the lawn shirtless - classier show. What's wrong with you people? :)

amarone
02-21-2004, 06:42 PM
I'd rather watch my neighbor mow the lawn shirtlessYeah, but my neighbor won't, no matter how much I ask her.

pound cat
02-22-2004, 02:09 PM
Move to Canada. You can watch 10 pin bowling, log-rolling and billiards instead of tennis.

@wright
02-22-2004, 02:24 PM
This thread answered its own question. All of you are tennis fanatics, and you talk about poker at the drop of a hat. That is why they show poker more often than tennis. And poker's not even a sport.

david aames
02-22-2004, 03:36 PM
we sure don't want to start a 'world strongest man' or WWF vs tennis debate, don't we?

Stinkdyr
02-25-2004, 07:40 AM
poker is a game. the difference between a game and a sport, is that you can play a game with a cigarette in your mouth.

@wright
02-25-2004, 07:41 AM
Stinkdyr, but that would mean golf isn't a sport....That's a great litmus test, I'll have to remember it.

Craig Sheppard
02-25-2004, 08:14 AM
Um, not Scotty Nguyen... Shana Hiatt. That's what I'm talkin' bout. heh

-Craig.

tennisdad
02-25-2004, 08:33 AM
atatu - I hear what you're saying... basically the same complaint I have. Here in metro ATL, Comcast is (finally) offering the Tennis Channel starting 1 March, maybe that'll help. BTW, remember that ESPN=ENTERTAINMENT & Sports Programming Network - damn, with that name they could put any &!#? out there....

dsa202
07-22-2009, 07:45 AM
Poker has more airtime now.

LetFirstServe
07-22-2009, 07:48 AM
I made some money throughout the years playing poker. That usually pays for my tennis gear. :) Next time I go to Vegas will be the end of Aug.

NickH87
07-22-2009, 07:51 AM
Poker got me excited, I went on party poker and lost $10. It was also that fact that I wanted to leave my house and party on this chicks boat lol.

CCNM
07-22-2009, 08:08 AM
everyone watches poker, even more than tennis

^^that's sad :( Pound cat-I'd rather watch the 10-pin bowling than poker. :-?

TheMagicianOfPrecision
07-22-2009, 08:12 AM
Every time I turn on the TV Poker is on, ESPN, Travel Channnel, Etc. Etc. Poker from Vegas, Celebrity Poker, Championship poker, (and I'm sure they show strip poker on some of those channels I don't subscribe to) not to mention having to endure that Matt Damon movie on TBS or Spike. What's the deal ? (no pun intended) I don't understand why watching a bunch of guys in sunglasses sitting around a table is more interesting than watching pro tennis.
Is that all over America or only in Texas? I would assume that Texas hold`em is popular there?:twisted: Still, It is crazy if it`s true. The pokerplayers are fine athletes...50 years old and 300 Ibs...:shock:

burosky
07-22-2009, 08:18 AM
Poker gets more air time because more people watch it which means more companies are willing to shell out money to advertise which means more money to the broadcasters. Simple business logic.

shawn1122
07-22-2009, 08:27 AM
Log rolling really isn't as bad as it sounds, it takes quite a bit of skill.

S H O W S T O P P E R !
07-22-2009, 09:15 AM
poker is a game. the difference between a game and a sport, is that you can play a game with a cigarette in your mouth.

A game is not a sport when you can play it hammered off your ***. :D

vbranis
07-22-2009, 09:26 AM
Playing poker is OK, but I can't understand why anyone would want to WATCH other people play poker for 2-3 hours.:confused:

tacou
07-22-2009, 09:47 AM
Poker gets more air time because more people watch it which means more companies are willing to shell out money to advertise which means more money to the broadcasters. Simple business logic.

yup pretty simple. now WHY someone would rather watch a card game than an actual sport is beyond me...why not play poker while watching a match?

Frodo Baggins
07-22-2009, 12:08 PM
I Wonder Why You guys are replying To a thread thats Has the Year 2004 on it??? Did they Play Poker Back then?? lol:lol:

Commando Tennis Shorts
07-22-2009, 12:23 PM
more people in the U.S. watch and play poker than watch and play tennis. it's much more profitable for espn to show poker than tennis.

Commando Tennis Shorts
07-22-2009, 12:24 PM
A game is not a sport when you can play it hammered off your ***. :D

What do you mean? Tennis is a sport :)