The playing cards used during both games at KGB's place are a deck of red and a deck of blue backed Arrow-design, standard index, wide plastic cellulose-acetate cards of the KEM range manufactured by the United States Playing Card Co. See more »
Mike's monologue at the end describes his walking away with about $60k. He had an original stake of $10k that he doubled to $20k before letting KGB and Grama goad him back to the table. If he doubled that it would have meant $40k total unless KGB "reloaded" with another $20k to bring the total to $60k. The mistake is insinuating that during the last hand, Mike's life was in danger of not being able to pay his bet back In time when he was clearly the chip leader and had more than $40k of chips in front of him which would have been sufficient to pay his debt to KGB which was only $15k. He trapped KGB to be sure, but there wasn't anyway he wasn't coming out of that final hand without enough money to pay Grama and KGB based on the fact he walked away with $60k. See more »
[Narrating, while on his way to tell Grama he doesn't have the money to pay off Worm's debt ]
Fold or hang tough, fold or raise the bet. These are decisions you make at the table, sometimes the odds are stacked so clear there's only one way to play it other times like holding a small pair against two over cards six to five or even money, either way then it's all about feel what's in your guts
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A tightly focused vehicle for Damon's charm and swagger.
This film is incredibly focused. There is not one throw-away line or one extra frame in the entire movie. From the first establishing shot to the final line, the production team plays it tight and aggressive. I couldn't help but think of "The Hustler" as I watched, and Damon more than survives this comparison to a young Paul Newman. His swagger and charm and the even, controlled truthfulness of his performance all serve to place him solidly in the game with any of Hollywood's best. Highly recommended.
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