TILT – Original ESPN Series
The premise that a famous poker player is also a big cheater that needs to be taken down was interesting enough. Michael Madsen seems right for the part. The ingénues all look TV typical, much more time in the gym than in the card room. The first episode had an uncomfortable cameo by Daniel Negranu and TJ Clotier (will there be more?). Daniel did the talking and seemed natural, TJ looked as frozen as the professor on that episode of Gilligan’s Island.
The website gives away too many details like Madsen will eventually groom one of the youngsters and he will in turn date Madsen’s daughter. This could lead to soap opera territory soon.
One positive is that the little poker that did exist seemed creative. We get to see Madsen go up against one particular mark and Madsen psyches him out enough that the dude checks his set in order to let Madsen draw to his gut shot.
We also get to see the young phenom (compared in the show to Stu Unger) get over-anxious and push a hand too far and get booted from the tournament. I suppose we’ll get to see his continued growth as a player.
The young lady poker player is named Miami, because someone has to be named after a city.
The shady president of the Casino is nicknamed “Lowball” which I suppose is pregnant with meaning.
I don’t have the best expectations for this, but thanks to Tivo, I can record the first few and get around to deciding whether future viewing is worth the time.