Sunday, November 01, 2009

Million-Dollar Cash Game

On the blog that used to be called "Poker on TV" and is now called, for reasons that escape me, "Fifth Street Journal" (i.e., I get the title, but I don't understand why the change from the previous perfectly good, perfectly descriptive title), I saw this little note:

An English-language version of Million Dollar Cash Game season 3 has
finally become available for downloading or streaming. The production is
poor, particularly the onscreen graphics, but it's a huge cash game so I'm sure
some of you will want to watch it.

I found a torrent of the first episode and just finished watching it. The blog note was correct: It's really good poker, though kind of crappy production. You've got Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, David Benjamine, Tom Dwan, Eli Elezra, and Gus Hansen playing. How could it not be good? On the first hand, Ivey and Antonius agree to go all-in blind for their starting stacks of $100,000 each. The most interesting hand is played out between Dwan and Ferguson near the end of the show.

The commentary isn't anywhere near as good as "High Stakes Poker," but the poker play is of the same high caliber. I'm going to download the other episodes released so far, and I'm also feeling inclined to go back and check out the previous seasons, which have somehow escaped my attention until now.

If you don't already know how to watch such things on your computer, follow the instructions that you'll find linked to in the blog post cited above.


Cardgrrl said...

Or, you could go here. Also a good resource for other poker TV shows.

Fifth Street Journal said...

Hi Poker Grump. Thanks for the mention.

The reason I changed the name is that I intend to expand beyond poker on TV content. Also, "poker on TV" isn't brandable.