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The Poker Movie Documentary

Written by Pino | Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

A new documentary on the game of poker has gathered a lot of attention this week, as it was launched in Las Vegas. This was cleverly done in the middle of the World Series of Poker so the media was all on it and many are already saying that this documentary will be a great and factual overview about poker’s standing in today’s society.

Named All In: The Poker Movie and directed by Douglas Tirola, this documentary is an all-inclusive study of the poker industry backed up generously with commentary from over the hundred well known poker celebrities. The timing of the premiere during the WSOP with such a fantastic crowd and location meant that the big names in poker were all there as 300 invited guests attended and viewed the movie.

The film illustrates other poker movies, the recognisable celebrity personalities together with both live and online poker action as well as extensive archive footage on the felt game. The 2 hour screening time gives a sequential look at how the modern poker game has grown into the massively phenomenon. A society over bloom which provides a lucrative component in today’s society and major spectator sport for millions.

One section of the online poker section of the documentary that gets a lot of attention is Chris Moneymaker, who having being an unknown online poker player then succeeded to win WSOP Main Event and the fame that comes with it. He is widely viewed as the poker pro who had triggered the internet poker explosion. Another section is dedicated to the coming on of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, with the documentary portraying it as the controversial American legislation that ‘effectively ended the online poker boom’. Although many will passionately disagree with this proposition and opinion, the UIGEA did rock the poker world in more ways than one.

Some movie critics who reviewed the film said that it does not pay enough attention to the upcoming European online poker scene. Nevertheless the presentation undoubtfully gives a very valuable and needed addition to the reference works currently available on poker, the fastest moving popular gambling genre at the moment.


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