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Deal (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 June 2008 (Germany)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Vinson
Mr. Stillman
Caroline McKinley ...
Mrs. Stillman
Charlie Adler
Ben Thomas (as Brandon Olive)
Karen 'Razor' Jones
Mike 'Double Diamond' Jackson (as Jon 'JT' Eyes)
Tex Button
Himself (as Michael Sexton)
Phil Laak ...
Antonio Esfandiari ...


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 »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 June 2008 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Negócios e Trapaças  »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,281, 27 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,180, 4 May 2008
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Jennifer Tilly is the only professional poker player in the film to play a character rather than appear as themselves. She is a world series of poker ladies champion who appears in the film with her boyfriend and fellow poker pro Phil Laak. See more »


To allow Tommy to win, Alex folds his cards without showing. This is not legal in any WPT (or WSOP) tournament, because at least one player was all-in. In an all-in situation, all participating players are required to show their hands at showdown. Under tournament rules, Alex would have been forced to show his hand, and since he would then be known to have the winning hand, would either be forced to take 1st place or be disqualified from any winnings at all for collusion. See more »


References World Poker Tour (2003) See more »


Fool Me Again
Written by Jesse Davey Wanbdi & Mato Nanji
Performed by Indigenous
Courtesy of Vanguard Records
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Not in the realm of that bad.
10 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Okay, so this is my first shot at this. I was compelled to write because of all the abuse this video is taking. It's not that bad. Actually I enjoyed it. Especially the ending which was a Great One by the way. And also about the comment that poker fans would not like it, actually I think the contrary would be true for the simple fact it IS about POKER and all most nothing else (although Shannon Elizabeth adds a little spice to it). No, other than Burt, there is no actor in this well known to be outstanding but there doesn't need to be. No, it is not Rounders and the comparison wasn't, I don't think, a very good choice. If you want a comparison on how the movie is set up it more closely follows "The Color of Money" as pupil and teacher going off to the big tourney. Anyway, I think poker fans will love it, if for no other reason you get to see almost every big name poker pro in the biz be in a movie. Regardless, you'll LOVE the ending.

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