Deal (2008)

Deal (2008)

A retired poker pro finds a creative way to stay in the game.

RATING:

2h2s

NOTABLE STARS

Burt Reynolds, Shannon Elizabeth.

PLOT

A retired gambler who gave up poker to please his wife finds a young poker player to mentor and stake into high stakes tournaments.

SKILLS

Automatic entertainment points for being a poker movie set in Las Vegas.  Those two elements assured that I’d at least finish the movie without turning it off, but there really isn’t much here besides that.

LEAKS

Poor acting all around highlighted by the great Burt Reynolds, who is pretty awful in this film.  For the most part, he seems disinterested and lifeless and the movie falls flat because of this.  Also, the poker is lame and full of the usual poker movie garbage such as: shitty dialogue, pot splashing and weak drama.

POKER AUTHENTICITY

Poor.

This is another one of those infuriating poker movies that clearly doesn’t care about authenticity.  It wouldn’t be hard to make the same movie with the same dramatic conflict but with authentic poker moments.  Lazy film-making at it’s finest.

 

Watching poker is great, but wouldn’t you rather be playing? Play free poker.

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