Lots of people have become very famous by starring in popular reality shows: Richard Hatch from Survivor, all those Kardashian sisters from their self-named show, Heidi & Spencer from The Hills, Rob & Amber from every single reality show on TV, even Paris Hilton from The Simple Life (with an assist to her self-shot, night-vision slice of reality, of course).
And yes, we can all agree that most of those semi-lebrities don’t really have any talent. But one thing we can say is that at least they were forced to do some interesting stuff on their assorted reality shows. Whether it’s cat-fighting in the Hollywood hills, eating giant bugs or running around naked in Samoa, the shows that made them famous had some pretty good entertainment value. But what about a reality show that just points a camera at people as they engage in some online gambling?
I love playing casino games online. And I love reality TV. But I really, really never thought anyone would try to put the two together. And yet, things are just about to start rolling in The Rounders House. It’s a Big-Brother-esque idea, where people live on-camera in a house 24/7. And what do they do to entertain viewers? They play online poker. And… well… that’s it. We get to watch a bunch of people sit at their computers and click their mouse every now and then. I’ve done lots of online gaming, and let me tell you, there is not a whole lot of entertainment value there. I might eat some chips and salsa or have a beverage now and then and that is about it.
Of course maybe there will be some interesting extracurricular stuff going on in the house. The first person to qualify for a spot in the house earned it by winning a tournament on a site called “Reefer Poker”. Which might tell you something about the types of people who will be on the show. Which is just another reason why I think I’ll pass on the Rounders House qualifying tournaments, and just stick to video poker right here at Silver Oak.