Poker Professionals Prime Film and TV Exhibits Appearances
Poker films are at all times seeking to throw within the odd cameo look by the sport’s greatest stars, and we’ll meet fairly just a few of those beneath, however the big-name execs have additionally appeared in some less-expected movies and TV exhibits. Learn on to search out out the place your poker heroes might be seen in appearing roles!
Let’s begin with essentially the most iconic of all poker films, Rounders, simply to get it out of the best way.
The story of Mike McDermott’s poker adventures see Matt Damon face a number of obstacles en path to assembly one in every of poker’s all-time legends – Johnny Chan!
John Malkovich’s ‘TeddyKGB’ character will be the star of the movie in terms of appearing, but it surely’s ten-time bracelet winner Chan who’s the true Rounders endboss!
The Canadian poker legend isn’t precisely identified for being caught for phrases, however his ‘X-Males Origins: Wolverine’ cameo was a silent one, and didn’t precisely tax his appearing expertise both.
When Hugh Jackman asks Taylor Kitsch’s character ‘Gambit’ what his $17 will purchase him on the $50/$100 poker desk, it’s Child Poker who pulls the ‘Are you able to imagine this man?’ face.
DNegs has appeared in a number of poker films over time, and likewise in Katy Perry’s video for hit music Waking Up in Vegas, however maybe less-well-known is his look in TV comedy sequence Mr D.
Negreanu seems in an episode entitled ‘Poker Night time’ the place Gerry Dee organises a poker recreation to assist a ‘down-and-out’ Negreanu.
Far and away essentially the most gifted actor amongst poker gamers, and likewise essentially the most gifted poker participant amongst actors, is ‘Chucky’ star Jennifer Tilly.
Her function as Tiffany Valentine within the Little one’s Play sequence of films has given her icon standing among the many horror group, however her film bio spans 37 years, quite a few TV sequence and flicks, together with her breakthrough function within the Fabulous Baker Boys in 1987.
Throw in $1million+ in event cashes, a WSOP gold bracelet and a long-term relationship with the inimitable Phil ‘Unabomber’ Laak and that’s fairly the pedigree Miss Tilly boasts.
Having talked about her beau, Phil Laak, we would as effectively cowl the Unabomber’s personal massive display screen resume, and it’s fairly a combination, with thriller ‘Runner, Runner’ and poker film ‘7 Days to Vegas’ amongst them.
That first one could be a credit score, however Laak’s poker enjoying scene alongside Antonio Esfandiari didn’t make the ultimate lower, though they did get to hang around on set with Justin Timberlake!
The earlier 12 months, Laak had blended with even greater stars of the large display screen, a small function alongside Robert De Niro and Forest Whitaker, in addition to rap big 50 Cent, in motion film, Freelancers.
Esfandiari teamed up once more with Laak extra just lately in ‘7 Days to Vegas’, and a variety of different poker celebs have been concerned too – unsurprisingly provided that Vince van Patten wrote the story!
The film charts the trials and tribulations of an insane prop guess that WPT commentator Van Patten’s character, Duke, takes on – strolling from LA to Las Vegas in simply 7 days.
Jennifer Tilly is within the combine, as are Van Patten’s real-life spouse and brother, with Esfandiari enjoying a personality named…Antonio!
It will be a uncommon listing of poker something that doesn’t embody Phill Hellmuth, something from bracelets to unhealthy beats that includes the Poker Brat with nice regularity – and display screen appearances are not any completely different.
The Fox TV sequence ‘Contact’ noticed Hellmuth play a job he didn’t have to organize for, struggling a nasty beat by the hands of Kiefer Sutherland’s character, Martin Bohm.
The poker recreation sees Bohm needing to win with a purpose to get info from one other participant, and his pocket 8s miraculously survive a board of AAK to get there, a lot to Hellmuth’s chagrin.
Different honourable mentions within the ‘poker stars on the silver display screen’ stakes have seen Chris Ferguson, Doyle Brunson, Dan Harrington, and Erik Seidel all seem within the 2007 film ‘Fortunate You’.
Satisfaction of place within the also-rans, nevertheless, has to go to Dan Bilzerian, one of many best poker gamers of any technology starring in a number of massive display screen movies – Lone Survivor the primary, with credit for The Equalizer, Extraction and Battle Canine.