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Poker Blog established in 2003 as the first stop for poker news, poker stories, and bad poker advice.

March 8, 2009

Hard Eight: The gambling movie you didn't see

by Otis

In recent years, it's been pretty difficult to find a movie about Las Vegas that didn't suck. It was nice to luck into one on Netflix this weekend.

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May 18, 2008

Poker movies see too many flops

by Otis

I know a guy with a job that requires he spend a lot of time at the movies. Knowing my connection to the poker world and loose connection to the movie Deal, this friend delights in pointing out that Deal, after several weeks in the theater, still has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This makes Deal, if not the worst, at least tied for the worst reviewed movie of the year. Way to go Hollywood.

PokerNews.com editor John Caldwell asked a good question today. In his column, Caldwell points out that Hollywood blockbuster Iron Man, in most cases, did better on one screen on its opening weekend as Deal did across the country on 50 screens. So, Caldwell asks, "Why does Hollywood fail?"

I came up with a few reasons.

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March 29, 2008

Movie Critics Drawing Dead on Poker Analogies

by Luckbox

"But everyone gets dealt a stiff hand in this bust from director Robert Luketic," writes Boston Globe movie critic Ty Burr in a column titled, "Blackjack morality tale '21' doubles down on cynicism."

Bill Gibron of filmcritic.com writes, "This is one case where, no matter the bet, no one wins."

At USA Today, Claudia Puig comes right out of the box with, "21 does not offer audiences a winning hand."

And these people are getting paid to write?

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October 5, 2007

The Poker Movie You Haven't Seen

by Luckbox

The cast is strong and deep: Sylvester Stallone, Jamie Foxx, Gabriel Byrne, Melanie Griffith and Thandie Newton among others.

The story is solid: A young "mechanic" and his hustler partners aim to take down the biggest card shark (and cheat) in the game.

And I had never heard of it.

Is that possible? If it's a movie, I've at least heard of it. And this one is right in my wheelhouse... gambling and grifters. But it wasn't until I forced Lady Luck to watch David Mamet's Spartan (she didn't care for it... I'm a fan), until I actually saw a trailer for this movie.

It's called Shade.

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July 9, 2004

The Cincinnati Kid

by Otis

The multi-table tournament had just started. The $200 Pot Limit game was going very well. I'd flopped a set on my first hand. The Hilton Sisters held up on the second hand. The fourth hand was big slick. I made the ace on the flop and forced an angry BB to lay down his cowboys. He kept vowing, "I'm coming to get you, Otis." That surely boded well for me. I was already up nearly two hundred dollars.

But DirecTV was nudging my noodle every couple of seconds. It's coming on! The Cincinnat Kid is coming on!

If only I had TiVo.

I thought for a couple of seconds and decided I would swallow my pride and do it the old fashioned way.

I grabbed an old VHS tape, popped it in the bedroom VCR, and went back to my game.

A few hours later, I finished my game $250 up (the cards ran a little cold after the initial lightening ride). I busted out in 9th (that's the third time I've done that) in the multi.

Although it was starting to get a little late, I decided that perhaps Steve McQueen might be able to offer me something in the way of guidance.

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December 13, 2003

Playing For Pay

by Luckbox

Some people play poker to make a living. If they're just barely good enough, they'll grind out a living like Knish in Rounders. If they're really good, they won't have to think about working another day in their life.

Two independant filmmakers have had a little trouble finding financial backing to make their movie. The solution? How about some tournament poker?

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