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Edit: I may have jumped the gun on this one. My "sources" stated it would be on Netflix June 1st. If it doesn't show up soon, I will take this down until it is actually true.
Double Edit: It is now up, click link below to watch it on Netflix.
Director: John Dahl (Joy Ride, The Last Seduction)
Writer: David Levien (Ocean's 13, Runaway Jury), Brian Koppelman (Ocean's 13, Runaway Jury)
Starring: Matt Damon (Matt Damon), Edward Norton (American History X, Fight Club), Paul Cicero (Analyze That), John Malkovich (Con Air, Being John Malkovich), John Turturro (Mr. Deeds, Transformers)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Poker
Why You Should Watch It: If you have played poker more than once in your life, you have mostly likely seen this movie. I guess this post is more of a PSA for those people than anything else. If you are a more than once poker player and have not seen this movie, what is wrong with you? This is Matt Damon and Edward Norton at their late-nineties finest. Pre the Chris Moneymaker boom, this is the domino that fell before that one. Poker has been a game that has been played in saloons and whore houses for thousands of years, but today, even post Black Friday, poker is a HUGE global business partially in thanks to this movie. Matt Damon plays the infamous Mike McDermott who is a law student who happens to be brilliant when it comes to the game of poker. He “vouches” for the wrong friend, Lester “Worm” Murphy (Norton), which lands him playing, for the second time, Teddie KGB (Malkovich) for “three stacks of high society”. With a great story, fairly bad representation of poker but still entertaining/funny, and with beatings in between, Mike helps his friend out of a jam and out wits the crazy Russian. Even without interest in poker I think it could be an enjoyable watch and might even spark a new interest for you.
Creator: Terrence Sacchi (Facing Trauma), Paul Reitano (Facing Trauma), Brandon Gross
Starring: Jay Rosenkrantz (The Micros, Deuces Cracked), Dani Stern
Genre: Reality, Poker, Sports
Episodes: 10 Episodes
Why You Should Watch It: I hate to say it but I can't imagine you would much enjoy this show if you have never played poker, don't watch poker, or know nothing about the game. The show isn't centered around the actual playing of the game, it's more about the goal of making $2 million dollars and the summer Vegas adventures of four friends, but I'm not sure some people would appreciate the lifestyle or stories in the show. It took place during a time when playing online poker, while not the easiest to do in the USA, was still a large business. Since the infamous Black Friday last year, things for the online poker world, in the United States, look pretty glum. So, the playing you see in the show can't really be done at the same scope anymore. Sadly. The four friends, Dani "Ansky" Stern, Jay "KRANTZ" Rosenkrantz, Brian "flawless_victory" Roberts, and Emil "whitelime" Patel all share a Las Vegas home for the summer while, collectively, trying to make $2 Million dollars. Each week they have friendly competitions on who makes the most money and the loser has to usually do something humiliating as punishment. It also shows the different lifestyle that a professional poker player lives. It's defiantly a good watch if you like poker, and even though you might not know much about the game, give it a try. It's only 10 episodes after all.
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Here's a short list of "Poker People to Follow on Twitter". However, it's not a list of the only poker people to follow on twitter. There shall be another, additional list coming in the near future (2-4 weeks).
Kevin Mathers: @KevMath - A well respected 2p2er, a former employee of Bluff Magaizne, and an all around poker media guru. He often tweets about the latest poker happenings whether it be controversies, major tournaments or just something funny. However, he could really lose the Janet Reno cartoon look-a-like picture.
Quadjacks.com: @QuadJacksDotCom - The poker radio show, Quad Jacks, is known for its marathon length shows and podcasts. Drawing in some of pokers most informed and elite, it is a great resource for all of pokers biggest news stories.
ESPN Poker/Andrew Feldman: @Espn_Poker - Run by Andrew Feldman of ESPN Poker, it is one of the most thorough accounts when it comes to live updates of the largest tournaments including the World Series of Poker and the Epic Poker League. It also is one of the best accounts for instant poker news stories and links.
Jean-Robert Bellande: @BrokeLivingJRB - If the name wasn’t enough, JRB often tweets about his bank-roll or lack there of. He also retweets seemingly anyone who mentions him, it doesn’t matter if they are calling him an idiot or claiming he has the funniest tweets ever, he will retweet it.
Fake Gus Hansen: @FakeGusHansen - Whether it’s talking about how good looking he is or taking shots at other poker players, these are easily the funniest poker tweets out there. For example, “The main difference between Donald Trump and I is that I wouldn’t fuck Annie Duke.” Annie Duke makes an appearance quite often.
Daniel Negreanu: @RealKidPoker - There is no shortage of tweets from one of the most liked poker players around because he tweets about pretty much everything. His vegan dinners, his sports bets, his commentary on poker related things and sometimes even political things. More often than not, they are fun spirited.
Ben Lamb: @BenbaLamb - 2011 WSOP Player of the Year, 2011 $10k PLO Braclet, and 2011 November Niner, Ben Lamb is one of my more recent and favorite followees. Live updates from tournaments, talking about what cash games he’s playing and with who(m?), and pictures of him and his friends are common occurrences. Based on his twitter account and TV time from this year’s WSOP, he seems like a stand up guy and I find him very relatable, other than the whole being awesome at poker thing.