As an ex-gambler teaches a hot-shot college kid some things about playing cards, he finds himself pulled into the world series of poker, where his protégé is his toughest competition.

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Law school graduate Alex Stillman isn't happy as junior clerk in his domineering father's firm but finds distraction as highly gifted Internet poker player. Legendary Tommy Vinson, who retired 20 years ago for his wife's sake, successfully offers to coach Alex for half of the fortunate he can learn to win in Las Vegas. The training, focusing on bluffing and dirty tricks, goes well until Alex feels abused by a girl hired by Vinson. They end up both entering the world tour grand final. Written by KGF Vissers

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Know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. The game is on! See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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12 June 2008 (Germany)  »

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Negócios e Trapaças  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,281 (USA) (25 April 2008)

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$57,180 (USA) (2 May 2008)
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For the film's climax, the World Poker Tour (2003) set was shipped to New Orleans for filming. See more »

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During the WPT Championship sequence, Commentators Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten call the play from the start of the tournament to it's finish. This never happens with WPT coverage. In the WPT T.V. episodes, Sexton and Van Patten only commentate on the final table coverage. See more »

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Written & Performed by Kenneth Burgomaster
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EXTREMELY Predictable
15 January 2010 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Burt Reynolds plays a retired poker player who quit after losing his nerve and all his money. He's been out of the game for 20 years.

Brett Harrison is the up and coming young shark with natural talent, but a lot to learn. Burt offers to stake and coach him for a piece of the action... Sounding familiar yet? I don't need to tell you the rest of the plot because you should be able to figure it out for yourself. There are NO surprises in this movie. None.

Meanwhile, the stars sleepwalk through a script that presents no challenges.

According to IMDb's data, the film cost $5 million to make, grossed less than $100,000 in theatrical release, and got Burt Reynolds a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actor.

'Nuff said?


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