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Rounders Review - PokerJunkie.com

11 April 2008, By: Pokerjunkie.com
User Review: Rounders - Submitted by Michael Rocco (Score: 5)

Rounders is a movie created by Miramax productions, about a struggling poker player who finds games and tries to win. Matt Damon leads a great cast in the story of risk and the extreme price of friendship. After saving up from years of beating small poker games he risks it all at the biggest game in town KGB?s, (a man with connections all the way up to the Russian Mob) underground card room. The game they play is NL Texas Hold?em 25,000 buy in, hold em is widely considered the best and most exciting poker game to play. After a few hands Mike picks up a full house and moves all of his chips into the pot against KGB who is also a feared poker player. He ultimately lost to a higher full house and was shell shocked, because of this beat and has no money left. He took to big of a risk. He thinks that he has played his last hand and for a few months he doesn?t play any hands of poker at all, he focuses on his loving girlfriend, and hard work at law school which he thinks will pay him off in the long run.

He promised his girlfriend that he was done playing cards and has moved on. His buddy gets out of jail and the lure of the tables is too much, so he comes back to play, at a small home game, he then becomes hooked again. His friend, Edward Norton, known as worm has been holding a huge debt to a poker bad boy while he was in jail, and the juice was running so it almost doubled in interest when he was in jail. Matt Damon and Edward Norton try to build up a stake, while sometimes cheating games by Norton giving Damon great cards when he was at the dealer button. Damon?s girlfriend discovers that he has been gambling again and leaves him he is up to his emotional threshold with problems and he doesn?t know what to do.

So what he does is go play more poker. They beat a lot of games and then go down to a city where there is a cop game going on with a big buy in Damon tells Norton he wants to play straight up no cheating, and for Norton not to come into the card room. After hours of playing Norton shows up and asks like he doesn?t no Damon. They are caught cheating and are severely beaten up by the cops and their whole bankroll is taken. Their debt is almost due and if they don?t pay up they will be killed. So Norton runs, and Damon comes back to down with no money he asks for a loan from his law school teacher and is given 10,000-15,000 dollars. He goes to KGB who is affiliated with the man that they owe the money too and he wants to play him heads up, Damon finds himself playing for his life and ultimately comes out on top after picking up a tell on KGB. Damon wins 60,000 off of him in one night because of that tell and after that he heads to the big dance, The World Series of Poker.

Critique

In my opinion this is the best Poker movie ever made the scenes where they play are great it is unbelievably realistic and is definitely more then I expected it to me. Without this movie poker would definitely not be as big as it is today, Moneymaker and many other online players such as myself credit this to how they started playing poker. Without this film I definitely would not be playing cards today. The only bad thing about this is that maybe him being killed would not be realistic if he didn?t pay up because why would they want to kill him. I mean don?t they just want to wait for him to pay the money. That is my only question about the film. This is the quote from the film that I will leave you with if you haven?t watched this movie this is a must-watch.? In the game of life?.Play the cards you?re dealt.? Rounders

Language: eng

 

Comments:

Posted by DC80 on Feb 11, 2005 - 12:19 PM
My score: 5

The movie that started the revolution, anyone who thinks otherwise is completely false. When did amateurs invade the WSOP, thats right after this movie came out.

Posted by Ace_Adams79 on Mar 08, 2005 - 11:08 PM
My score: 5

All I have to say is that if you play poker and have not seen this movie its a damn shame! Not only a great movie about poker but a great movie all together!Its gets better everytime I see it.10 out of 10 rating

Posted by Dodgrblu21 on Mar 15, 2005 - 04:16 PM
My score: 5

great movie if u like poker this is a must watch

Posted by Ridin2Aces on Mar 16, 2005 - 08:31 PM
My score: 5

Just saw this movie a couple weeks ago and its sweet..Need more movies like it.I was a DVD with pro tips and extras

Posted by TheOneMatrix on Mar 24, 2005 - 05:40 PM
My score: 5

thx for the review, i cannot wait till i see this movie.

Posted by TheOneMatrix on Mar 24, 2005 - 08:29 PM
My score: 5

i went to three different stores like half and hour ago to look for rounders, and quess what, all sold out. dam

Posted by TheOneMatrix on Mar 28, 2005 - 12:19 AM
My score: 5

i finally got a copy. watched it. and hell yeah. very nice poker movie. i cant wait for the sequel when hes in las vegas!

Posted by nyg23 on Mar 30, 2005 - 02:13 AM
My score: 5

Insane movie. Ill never get bored of this movie ive seen it 5 times at least and pretty soon i think ill know all of the dialogue by heart/

Posted by Static on Apr 08, 2005 - 01:03 AM
My score: 5

i am so glad i foound this movie when i was shopping at best buy one day it is like a revolutionary event when this movie was made matt damon did an absolute excellent job in making this movie. this is an absolute must if you like poker and you wanna watch it on the big screne.

Posted by lacrosse09 on Apr 09, 2005 - 01:45 AM
My score: 5

This was one of the best movies that I have ever seen. The poker scenes were the most exciting scenes in any movie. I just rented it yesterday and now I own it.

Posted by ToDieFor81 on Apr 13, 2005 - 08:42 AM
My score: 5

this is the best poker movie im sure most will agree
like scarface this is a must

Posted by xxmidianxx on Apr 15, 2005 - 02:43 AM
My score: 5

Of course its just about any poker players fav movie... I really think they do need to make a second on bcoz no one know what happened to Worm....

Posted by rj_riggs69 on Apr 29, 2005 - 04:12 PM
My score: 5

just caught the end of this movie on t.v. the other night. Definitetly going to look for it next time its on.

Posted by yodoha on May 01, 2005 - 02:07 PM
My score: 5

Lol greatest movie ever. And its so true to how poker can screw up ones life if u get way addicted to it. Loved the movie and i would c it over and over agian

Posted by Evilq on May 16, 2005 - 04:40 PM
My score: 5

Best Poker Movie Ever. No questions about it. i love the movie and i have watched it about 20 times since i have first seen it.

Posted by duce_the_goose on May 19, 2005 - 06:46 PM
My score: 5

every one says this is a great movie but the review isnt really that intreuiging, i just might have to see it and see if I like it.

Posted by ReadChomsky on Jun 04, 2005 - 04:38 PM
My score: 0.5

Yeah, it may have given poker a shot in the arm, but it's a terrible movie, and remains a lame attempt to Bogart on the success of Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon playing another genius character. Edward Norton may be the worst actor I've ever seen--wait, there is Richard Gere--and when his character disappears from the film nobody cares because he and his character both suck.

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