New York Doc Invents “Pokertox” to Freeze Bad Gamblers’ Foreheads

Think you’ve seen a stiff poker face? Think again! We’re proud (and puzzled) to announce the arrival of “Pokertox,” a

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Think you’ve seen a stiff poker face? Think again! We’re proud (and puzzled) to announce the arrival of “Pokertox,” a special kind of Botox aimed at helping gamblers retain that elusive expression of, well, no expression at all.

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Poker faces have long been a trademark of the game’s highest rollers, proclaimed creator Jack Berdy, a doctor of aesthetic medicine. The new technique, he said, means that all players can have a much-sought-after frozen forehead.

“I came up with the idea for Pokertox in the last week or so,” Dr. Berdy told The Observer over the phone earlier. “It was just a natural match for the business I’m in and an application that hasn’t been done before.”

A former player himself, the doc said that he “certainly” would have dabbled with the saline stuff if he were still properly involved with the game.

Skeptics have been quick to brand the process as gimmicky, but Dr. Berdy remains confident that “most of my doctor peers will think it’s a wonderful idea.”

Tells such as a furrowed brow or curled lips can now be magicked away with just the prick of a needle, thanks to Dr. Berdy’s innovative new use for the juice. From bagel heads to frotox, there is certainly no shortage of wacky trends where facial paralysis is concerned, although this one could perhaps be more lucrative than its forehead forebears.

The hope that “the serious players will try Pokertox and then talk about it with others” is integral to its success. But given that Dr. Berdy hasn’t yet had any guinea pigs in the Pokertox chair, it remains to be seen whether or not his idea will transform players into the high-rolling tricksters he envisions.

His elation at this new idea may have blinded him to the perils of Pokertox, though, as the prospect of application abusers hadn’t yet struck. The Observer suggested to Dr. Berdy that his innovation may entice criminals into the chair for some guilty-face-eradication (hey, it could happen), but the doctor laughed off our sincere concerns for the judicial integrity of America, saying: “That thought hadn’t even crossed my mind!”

With the process needing touching up every three to four months, Pokertox could be a big winner for both players and practitioners alike. Dr. Berdy may be enthusiastic about his new Botox baby, but only time will tell if his brainwave makes the desired splash in the U.S. poker scene. Or, you know, the witness stand.

New York Doc Invents “Pokertox” to Freeze Bad Gamblers’ Foreheads