Ken Tucker
July 07, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

World Poker Tour

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
Travel Channel

We gave it a B+

The setup is simple in the Travel Channel’s World Poker Tour — people sit around a table covered with green felt playing Texas Hold ‘Em. Through the magic of teeny-weeny cameras placed at each seat, you see the two cards each player is initially dealt. Then the gradual revealing of five more cards through rounds of betting provides built-in suspense.

Don’t know how to play? No worries. For ”World Poker Tour,” your expert hosts are Mike Sexton, dispenser of such folksy quips as ”I’ve seen better hands on a chicken,” and the equally affable Vince Van Patten — yes, scion of the Van Patten dynasty headed by Dick (”Eight Is Enough”) Van Patten and himself a star of late-period ”Baywatch” (1996?97) as well as a 1983 cockfighting movie called ”Rooster: Spurs of Death!” that I may have to hunt down on eBay.

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