The poker world loves the brand new Netflix chess present and are crying out for a poker model, however might poker make a binge worthy present?
I’m late to the celebration however I’m nearly to complete The Queen’s Gambit and like everybody else in poker I find it irresistible. It’s a nice present by itself phrases however poker individuals are getting very excited as a result of not solely does elements of the chess remind us of poker, it additionally seems to be like a template for the way a related poker present might look.
If you have not seen the present I will not spoil it for you however it’s about a younger lady with a expertise for chess whom we comply with from studying the sport, taking part in native tournaments all the best way to turning into one of many recreation’s greats.
The very first thing I’d say is these early episodes the place Beth is studying the ropes and discovering the world of chess tournaments actually made me really feel nostalgic for the primary occasions I performed in reside poker tournaments. They actually captured what it was like being a noob and discovering a secret world you wish to be a a part of.
Poker gamers are actually asking if there may very well be a mainstream Netflix model present that focussed on poker too? The brief reply is sure, with a however.
Don’t go heavy on the technique
Serious poker gamers wish to present the sport for all its complexity and finesse. We do not wish to see ridiculous palms just like the straight flush in Casino Royale, we wish to see any individual make a good worth guess with 2nd pair. Mainstream audiences do not care about that stuff.
I do know nothing about chess and upon ending The Queen’s Gambit I’ll nonetheless know little or no. The present truly spent little or no time focussing on particular person strikes or matches, it managed to seize the drama in a manner that even a novice can comply with. It was the subculture of chess and what occurred between matches that received captured within the present, the identical would have to be true for a related poker present.
Rounders is a nice film however there is not truly a lot poker evaluation in it, it is all concerning the personal video games, the underground golf equipment and going to Atlantic City. Non poker gamers belief the storytellers that the sport goes in a single path or the opposite, they seemingly have no concept what a Jack approaching the flip means in and of itself.
Poker has prepared made tales
Mainstream audiences do not wish to be confused so the poker itself would have to be saved to the naked minimal. It would have to be concerning the tales round poker, of which we have loads to attract from.
The Doyle Brunson highway gambler tales might simply be a template for a poker present or should you wished a actual like-for-like poker model of Queen’s Gambit, I have at all times thought the trade has criminally underused the story of Annette Obrestad, a younger lady who performed underage, constructed a bankroll in freerolls and went on to win the WSOPE Main Event.
Poker might actually have a Queen’s Gambit, however handle your expectations on the poker itself if we ever do.
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