"Poker Room" is typical bait and switch porn: 7 vignettes almost completely unrelated to the title gambling premise. Only the 7th and final segment is integrated with an actual poker hand, but it is as mindless as the rest.
At its best, Bluebird Films provides weird fantasy Adult Entertainment, but on one of its many off-days, such as this one, it ended up with ephemeral filler.
First defect is that the linking footage in black & white of guys arriving at an inn to play poker is repeated almost verbatim a total of seven times; only the final freeze- frame shot (to indicate which male protagonist will be involved in sex now) differs. This makes "Poker Room" resemble some demented TV series, but the vast wasteland has not yet descended to this level.
Only girl who is a character is rewarded with lowest billing, just an afterthought "and Gabriella Glaser" at the end of the credits. She's a Bluebird Glambird girl, and portrays the servant who brings the players drinks. In the final hand three players betting some huge sum each show an ace but question "who stole the fourth ace?", pin the deed on Glaser and then gang-bang the girl, with many and varied d.p.'s. It's completely cryptic and asinine as to what the 4th ace had to do with the hand, and her possible culpability, but none of the previous footage made sense either.
For me the piece de resistance here was a four-way sex scene showcasing two of my favorite but obscure British porn actresses: Starr and Isobel Ice. Starr, who has a star tattoo on her posterior, is in many Brit porn videos but rarely a major one, while Ice is an amazing performer who briefly graduated to Chatsworth assignments but was never properly appreciated. In this high-energy scene, while Starr is getting a d.p., Ice manages to insert busy Tony Uttley's foot in her vagina, a truly novel and dexterous combination for the jaded porn viewer.
Elsewhere, another unsung trouper, Jodie James (star of Bluebird's "Black Beauty" horsey saga) displays her deep throat skill in a hot threesome. In terms of raw, gonzo sex, "Poker Room" is okay, but it's not really a feature, just a lengthy compendium of vignettes.
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