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Rounders (1998)

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A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mike McDermott
... Jo
... Teddy KGB
Paul Cicero ... Russian Thug
... Kenny
... Joey Knish
Merwin Goldsmith ... Sy
Sonny Zito ... Tony
... Zagosh
... Irving
... Savino
Peter Yoshida ... Henry Lin
Jay Boryea ... Russian Thug #2
... Moogie
... Abe Petrovsky


A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In the poker game of life women are the rake See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apuesta final  »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,459,126, 13 September 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,905,674, 8 November 1998
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Mike McDermott: [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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Featured in Rounders: Inside Professional Poker (1998) See more »


Written by Jim Smith & Greg Humphreys
Performed by Hobex
Courtesy of Slash Records
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A tightly focused vehicle for Damon's charm and swagger.
15 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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