All In: The Poker Movie, Player’s Best Tricks

All In: The Poker Movie

The game of poker is synonymous with money, whiskey and glamour. There was a time when poker was associated with illicit activity, an activity only undertaken by those on the fringe – but boy, has it come a long way since then.

The game on which modern poker is based travelled to America from France. After a period of development, poker as we now know it emerged in Seattle, and the world has never been the same since.

Poker has grown into a multi-million dollar business, and more people play it now than ever before. Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney play regularly, and the online gaming opportunities have helped to make poker a mainstream activity.

Sites such as Bwin do not just allow people to play online poker, but have also developed sophisticated means of teaching the game to newcomers as well. Card games can be daunting for the uninitiated, but coaching system presents the rules of the game in a clear format that makes the game easy to understand. There are also video tutorials about how a hand is played for those that have never seen the game played before, as well as hand rankings to allow new players to learn their way around a deck.

All In: The Poker Movie, a poker documentary directed by Douglas Tirola, shows how poker has become more popular in the last few decades. It features some of the most successful and influential poker players currently playing. The film was, unsurprisingly granted an award at the CineVegas Film Festival – who knew? The documentary, which pitches itself as being the “story of the worldwide poker boom” also features Matt DamonAll In: The Poker Movie is Damon’s second poker based production, after Rounders in 1998.

Part of the beauty of the game of poker is that each player can make it his or her own. If you want to go mathematical, and design algorithms to help you win, go ahead. If you want to blaze through the hands like a bull in a china shop, that’s ok too. Some play because they enjoy the social aspect, some big money. Bwin don’t just have an excellent online coaching system, they also feature different types of tournament to suit every different type of player.

This review is written by Marion Brookes

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