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Strip Poker Invitational

BCI Eclipse // Unrated // August 23, 2005
List Price: $9.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Scott Weinberg | posted October 18, 2005 | E-mail the Author
The Poker

It's as simple as a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Take two common things that men really like (for example: chocolate & peanut butter -or- Texas Hold 'Em & bare bouncy breasts) and wedge 'em into the same place for no other reason besides it tastes good. Such is the case with the resoundingly silly and seriously chintzy Strip Poker Invitational (with your hostess, Carmen Electra).

Picture six topless women sitting around playing poker. Sounds great at first, I know, but here's the thing: When topless women are posing or dancing or doing something which accentuates their bodies' finest aspects, it's a wonderful thing. But poker tables and casino chairs can really do a number on your back, which means that your globe-showin' gamblers are left looking ... kinda ... uncomfortable. The ladies back are arched and things are all angular and droopy...

All I'm saying is that "sitting still in one place" is perhaps not the best showcase for the wonder that is female nakedness.

But what of the poker? Well, sure, they're playing poker. The card-playing is not at all unlike what you'd find on your standard Texas Hold 'Em program, only without those pesky things like experienced card players, strategy, and excitement. Plus, the "strip poker" gimmick is also dropped early on; Once we get our six woman and our twelve hooters, we're left with bad poker strategy, giggling girliness, and some really bad comedy schtick from a pair of pseudo-commentators.

Occasionally some unrelated footage of Carmen Electra will pop onto the screen. The gal says stuff like "Wow, what a great pair!" and "You go, girls!" before the next few hands of poker ineptitude jiggle on by.

The real kicker lies in the sextet of contestants. Known to internet porn-hobbits the world over as Aimee Sweet, Heather Carolin, Tiffany Lang, Traci Dali, Felicia Tang, and Erica Allen, the ladies are asked to do not much more than play poker with their yams hangin' -- but these are gals with much more carnal experiences that are accessible with only one quick trip to Google Country! Not to be too overly male or anything, but why watch the gorgeous Ms. Sweet play topless poker when you could find something really sexy just a few mouse-clicks away? It's like watching porn stars play Monopoly instead of actually, y'know, renting some of their porn.

So while the gals are cute and the raunchy little concept is frat-boy recommendable, Strip Poker Invitational is just a whole lotta tease, a bunch of really bad poker, and a few pounds of bad boob-centric puns.

The DVD

Video: Fullscreen. The omnipresent knockers come through in fine form.

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 -- not that you actually need the sound. Bump the DVD up a full star if you watch it on MUTE, actually.

Extras: There are no menu screens, so if you want to watch the rather redundant and pointless interview segments with producers, contestants, and assistants, keep watching after the 55-minute hooterfest draws to a close.

Final Thoughts

Six chicks drop their tops and play some poker. There's really not much more to say than that, I'm afraid. If you find the DVD littering some 2-for-$7 dollar bin, you could take it home and enjoy some ogle-time, but otherwise I'd just say Skip It. You can find better poker online, to say nothing of the six contestants and their numerous assets.

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