Sunday, February 27, 2011
Should Razz Poker Win A Razzie Award For Worst Poker Game?
Every year there is an award for the worst achievements in motion pictures. It is called the Razzie, and they are now on year number 31.
The big winner this year was M. Night Shymalan's The Last Airbender. M. Night is the guy who did the movie Sixth Sense back in 1999. I know everyone loved that movie, but I did not. The reason was that I knew that Bruce Willis was dead from the beginning. We just witnessed Willis getting shot point-blank in the first scene, so when he is on that bench in the next scene, I mean, what is everyone thinking? That they missed the super, "Four days earlier" or what?
When you know the surprise ending in the first minutes, the rest of the movie is rather silly. I sort of enjoyed how the audience reacted at the end of the movie.
(By the way, I was proud of myself for resisting the temptation of telling my date that Willis was dead. And, after the movie ended, I told her I knew he was dead from the start. Of course, she didn't believe me, and that led to Sixth Sense being a bad date movie for me as well.)
Anyway, back to the Razzie awards.
Not only do the Razzies happen pre-Oscar award night, but they tend to add in a new category now and then. This year they added in an award for Worst Eye-Gouging Use of 3D. And, the winner for Worst Eye-Gouging Use of 3D is....
Oh, I forgot, the nominations, for Worst Eye-Gouging Use of 3D are:
CATS & DOGS 2
REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE
CLASH OF THE TITANS
THE LAST AIRBENDER
And, the winner is: THE LAST AIRBENDER. (Thankfully, I missed all of these great movies.)
Back to my point...If they added in an award for Worst Poker Game, would Razz Poker win?
(I don't know if it is true, but the rumor is that the guy who started the Razzie awards, lost his shirt playing Razz poker, and that is how the award got it's name :-))
I am biased, since I wrote a book on Razz poker, so let me start with nominations for worst poker game.
The nominees are:
2 -7 DRAW
FOLLOW THE QUEEN
I hate Mexican Stud since I've never won at that game. I don't know how to play 2-7 Draw. Anaconda and Follow the Queen are entertaining home games. And, online poker is a criminal act that is punishable by watching The Last Airbender or death, whichever is worse.
And, the winner is....
You tell me, which poker game deserves a Razzie award for the worst poker game, in 2 or 3D?