Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Rounders’ connexion

Word is out that Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio is all set to star in an untitled film that centers on the world of online casinos based in Costa Rica.

This film is written by scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who gave us the cult classic Rounders.

Rounders is set against the backdrop of New York’s underground world of high-stakes poker. It is the tale of Mike (Matt Damon), a master card player who trades the poker-playing rounds for law school. Even though, the new life he’s staking out seems like a legit road to success, it’s short on the thrills and excitement of back room poker games. So, when Mike’s longtime friend Worm is released from prison, and they need to quickly earn enough cash to pay off a huge debt that Worm owes; Mike deals himself back into the world of Rounders.

A “rounder”, by the way is a person whose sole means of earning a living is by playing cards. The film was widely appreciated by poker lovers. It greatly added to the popularity of Texas hold’em and other poker games.

There are pro poker players today who credit the movie for getting them into the game. The film drew in recent successful players such as Hevad Khan, Gavin Griffin and Dutch Boyd. One of the best descriptions of the influence the movie has comes from pro player Vanessa Rousso: “There have been lots of movies that have included poker, but only Rounders really captures the energy and tension in the game. And that’s why it stands as the best poker movie ever made.”

Rather than just being flamboyant, like the Bond movies, Rounders dwelt into the nitty-gritty’s of back room poker games in style.

At a point when the stakes are being raised, Mike stops and contemplates the game. He remembers a quote from Jack King’s book Confessions of a Winning Poker Player about how poker players don’t recall big wins they have, but remember accurately their big defeats.

The final scene shows Mike in a taxicab to catch a flight to Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker.

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