Isn’t it funny, when Brian Bankler describes what he sees as the fundamental flaw in Taj Mahal in his article Worst Poker variant ever, he actually describes the very thing I find so attractive in the game?
It’s exactly the mechanic where you lose the cards, whether you win the pot or not that makes the betting so exciting. It’s like the dollar auction — you simply have to top the bid, while you know you shouldn’t. Everybody else gets to have a good time, of course.
Well, to be honest, I do see his point and understand why he doesn’t like the game. I do, however, and for the same reason he hates it.