Everyone loves settling down in front of a good film. It’s an excellent way to relax alone or with loved ones. For those with a preference for something, whether it be a sport, a specific city or animals, movies about your favorite topic are a great way to learn, be entertained and feed your passion. If you love dogs, for instance, it’s likely you have seen Marley and Me and 101 Dalmatians. But if you’re a motor racing fan, you will almost certainly have watched Senna and Rush.
Poker is no different, so if you have a passion for playing cards, then you’ll want to catch these films.
KidPoker refers to the nickname used online by professional poker player Daniel Negreanu. Like many professional players, Negreanu started his journey by playing poker online before entering tournaments. The film is unbiased, giving a unique view into the life of one of poker’s most well-known players so that his fans and those with a less favorable persuasion will both be able to enjoy the film.
KidPoker features comments and testimonials from many other top-named poker players, including Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey and Maria Ho, which all poker fans will enjoy. The film isn’t only about poker, though. It features other people from Negreanu’s life and demonstrates the special relationship that he and his parents shared. If you are a poker fan, then you can be sure that this film will pique your interest.
Produced during the ‘poker boom', this 2006 film describes the explosion in popularity of online poker. It tells the story of world professional poker through the eyes of Susan Genard. The film is not only limited to Susan, though, and features over 40 of the world’s leading professional poker players, including Mike Sexton, Yosh Nakano, Doyle Brunson and Howard Lederer. Well-received by critics, the Las Vegas Sun described the film as the mother of all documentaries about poker, so you can be sure it’ll be a great watch.
While not strictly about poker, The Hustler is a classic film that many poker players can relate. It follows ‘Fast Eddie' Felson, a small-time hustler of pool who works to try to make it to the big league of professional pool hustlers and high-stakes wagers. Those that follow the professional poker circuits will likely see many similarities between Fast Eddie’s pool journey and that of many professional poker players. The 1961 film stars Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason and won two Oscars, so it pretty much guarantees you’ll be glued to the screen.
Films are an excellent way to relax and enjoy time alone or with friends. And when these films are about topics we’re passionate about or have characters we can relate to, then they are all the more enjoyable. So, check out these great choices for poker fans that live and breathe chips and cards.