Review: Poker Pages Launches “The Real Deal”

Therealdeal_1 Poker Pages has launched a monthly TV show (broadcast over the so-called "Internet" on Poker Pages, which makes us question if it’s technically a "TV" show, but if it is, than sheeet, it makes us want to declare Wicked Chops Poker now as a full-fledged "magazine," which what the hell why not let’s go for it, we’re a magazine now, so take THAT poker bloggers everywhere) called The Real Deal.

Hopefully the show proves to be more successful than other "real deals," such as John Kerry’s failed 2004 presidential campaign or the CDC’s failed campaign to curtail smoking among the youth.  The good news for Poker Pages though is that John Kerry’s "The Real Deal" is not even close to being the most failed presidential campaign slogan of all-time, which we’ll give to Henry Clay’s 1844 classic, "Who is James K. Polk?"  Yeah, that worked.  Can you say a little thing called, "Manifest Destiny," Mr. Clay?  Didn’t think so.

In the first episode of this "TV" program, you’ll get to see the (interestingly chosen) host Mark Adams…try and sell you a time-share in Florida (seriously, this guy has "infomercial" written all over him)…or you’ll see him interview Jason Alexander, WPT Pres & CEO Steve Lipscomb, Alan Geohring, and gambling legend Bob Stupak, among others.  There may or may not be another host of the show (he receives equi-billing in the graphic at right, although is difficult to actually find in this episode) named Landon Moore. 

DunkOf course, if the show blows up, it may lead to an interesting dilemma, and that is: Who will become the "Brian Dunkleman" of The Real Deal and bolt, effectively ruining his career?  Will it be Moore or Adams?  The smart money would probably go on Moore, given his lack of actual face-time in the first show, but maybe someone out there can set a line for us on this one.  The graphic at right even has an American Idol-esque glow to it, doesn’t it?  Clearly, Adams is the Seacrest to Moore’s Dunkleman.  Clearly.

Anyway, upon watching the first episode, you do get some decent info and recaps of tournaments, personalities, and happenings.  But much like John Kerry, The Real Deal presents itself in more of a straight-up informational format than a compelling, entertaining, unique content alternative…but there’s always room to grow. 

Watch the first episode of The Real Deal on Poker Pages.


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