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A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.

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A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You've got to play the hand you're dealt. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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11 September 1998 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,459,126 (USA) (11 September 1998)

Gross:

$22,905,674 (USA) (6 November 1998)
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Rounders was set in New York City but all of the law school scenes were filmed in and around Rutgers Law School in Newark, NJ. See more »

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The baseball cap jumps on and off the bed when Mike is talking to his girlfriend after the judges' game. See more »

Quotes

Professor Petrovsky: I know a magician doesn't reveal his secrets
Mike McDermott: I'm not a magician
Professor Petrovsky: If it wasn't "magic", how did you know what everyone held?
Mike McDermott: It's a combination of things: I was watching when the cards came out, that's just an old habit with me, it's like breathing
Professor Petrovsky: Watch the cards?
Mike McDermott: I watch the cards but I also watch the player react to the cards. That's how I knew the DA made his two pair and judge Kaplan missed the flush, I was watching their eyes when they checked their river cards, their faces tell you ...
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Written by Jimmy McGriff
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Courtesy of Blue Note Records
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This is NOT a Hold 'Em Tutorial
12 July 2005 | by (Greensboro, NC) – See all my reviews

This film was unjustly panned as lethargic and bleak without a purpose. Considering how Hold 'Em has developed into one of the biggest social fads in the last decade, I would say that this film captures every emotional aspect the 'swings' of No Limit typically carry.

I had absolutely no idea how to play the game when I first saw this movie about five years ago. The dialogue is wrought with jargon that almost makes a mockery of itself. Especially since much of the movie is done with voice-over, I can see where critics are coming from. However, the viewer should not allow themselves to get bogged down with it all, we get the gist with well-developed staging and performances.

Damon and Norton play off each other better than Damon and Affleck. Though the story echoes in the wake of Scorsese's 'Mean Streets', the performances seem more detailed than the Keitel/DeNiro combo. The supporting roles add great depth to the film, and Tutorro shines as the wise-old has-been that successfully provides Damon's character with the cold-hard truth he never seems to adhere to (until it is too late).

Above all, we feel compelled to cheer for Damon's Mike McDermott the ENTIRE time. He acknowledges his 'bad' play but constantly tries to explain that this is a game of skill and not luck. This is an important element considering the widely accepted belief that any success in gambling is the result of luck. This may be true in the bloodsucking casinos, but in Hold 'Em you play the chips AND the man.

Now that baseball is out of the Olympics, perhaps we will see a push for a true "WORLD Series of Poker". Then again, I also wanted to see 'Four Square' made into an official event when I was 8, so maybe I'm just talking out of my ass...

Should be commended as a precursor to a pandemic fad that is costing teens (and their parents) millions daily.

*** (of ****)


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