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Phil Hellmuth Jr.,
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With the exception of the character conversations away from the game, the entire final table scene was unscripted. The directors chose to play the entire final table for real, meaning that they did not know in advance which of the characters would win, and thus how the movie would end. Because of 'Ray Romano''s shooting schedule, the scene between Lainie and Fred had to be filmed before the final table had been played. Two different scenes were shot to allow for Lainie to either win or lose. The alternative scene is included on the DVD. See more »
(at around 39 mins) when "The German" claims to have played Russian roulette with slave traders, the picture clearly shows him holding a pistol with a magazine, and not a revolver. See more »
L.B.J. Deuce Fairbanks:
Will you take a look at all of this crap.
[Indicating the modern Las Vegas strip.]
L.B.J. Deuce Fairbanks:
Buried underneath all of this is a history; history of Las Vegas. It's the place where Moe Dalitz opened up his first burlesque club. Place where you can find a thirteen year old in a whorehouse if that was your pleasure. It was a place where the Jews and the blacks had to enter the casinos through rear entrances. By the way, on this corner right here, I stabbed a bum.
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Yes, its silly, but so was Spinal Tap, which The Grand owes a debt to in many ways.
Gabe Kaplan is hilarious as the father of two poker pros and Dennis Farina has the old time Vegas hood down pat. Phil Gordon, the best live teacher in poker, has some great lines as the tournament commentator.
You will spot a friend or yourself in one or more of the players, and the cameos are fun, including Phil "the hillside strangler" Laak as he was introduced..
If you like poker and still have a funny bone, this is as good as it gets.
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