All In: The Poker Movie

Friday, December 02 nd, 2016 at 00:12 am 

All In: The Poker Movie

JOY REVIEW

All In: The Poker Movie is exactly what it says it is: it’s a movie about poker. And it actually looks at the issues — begins with the issue of online poker being outlawed and understanding that there was literally billions of dollars that was being played on online poker. And I don’t know if we can believe in this, whether you believe it’s the poker enthusiast who says it’s the government and the casinos were just going after a new source of income, or that there really is some fraud and some money laundering involved, but the characters in this are actually fascinating, including Chris Moneymaker — yes, that’s really his name — who was an online poker player who decided to go to the World Series of Poker and won the damn thing. So on a $39 investment, he became a multi-millionaire literally overnight and revived the whole future (or revived the whole genre) of professional poker. It turns out that television airs a poker game every day, 365 days a year, as opposed to football, which is several weekends, so this is seriously big money and big time stuff. And again, the characters are terrific. Three and a half stars.

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