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Poker’s Hellmuth and Dancing with the Stars

23 December 2010 by admin

I bet you never saw this one coming. Poker and the excessively popular reality TV show Dancing with the Stars just may be on a collision course. No, contestants will not be poker-ing their way through their dances or players dancing at their poker tables.

Phil Hellmuth, one of today’s professional high stakes poker players, may be headed to season 12 of Dancing with the Stars. This came to light when a tweet came across from Hellmuth’s Twitter saying, “OMG! Phil Hellmuth (me!) on ‘Dancing with the Stars!’ Outrageous! Might make a fool out of myself on worldwide television one more time.’ And do not doubt for a second whether or not the character count on that tweet is too long because it does fit. I checked. In fact, Hellmuth had four characters to spare.

The poker world is split on whether or not this should happen.

On one side poker players, amateur and professional, seem to fear that Hellmuth just might indeed make a fool of himself on worldwide TV and make a fool of the poker world as a result. I can understand this to a certain extent. Yes, Hellmuth will be representing the poker world, if he makes it onto the show. And, yes, his behavior will be seen by millions of people. But I fail to see how him falling on his butt—if he does so—will affect the world’s opinion of poker players. Dancing is not a part of the poker world, so his performance should not impact the opinion of whether poker is good, bad or ugly.

The other side of the poker world is behind Hellmuth and is hoping he will make it into the twelfth season of the reality TV show that pairs celebrities with professional dancers to see who can out dance the other celebrities. They see this as an opportunity for the poker world to receive some exposure and even create some new interest in the poker world. It is even hoped that Hellmuth could generate some new interest in the game, which would then bring in new players to the game.

Not that poker is an unpopular casino game to begin with, but some new exposure in a new way could be good for the card game. I certainly do not think that watching Phil Hellmuth dancing his way around the floor will hurt or disgrace the poker world. I think it could be an interesting opportunity for some new exposure to the poker world. Now all Hellmuth has to do is make it onto the show for sure.

One Response to “Poker’s Hellmuth and Dancing with the Stars”

  1. James says:

    Having people dancing on the poker tables might make me want to watch poker on TV. Otherwise, not so much.