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Carol Fuchs: Poker’s Too Dark for the Big Screen, Just Right for TV
Carol Fuchs has been an entertainment lawyer, a screenwriter and now she’s the first woman to win an open event at the 2015 World Series of Poker.
Fuchs --who won the 19-game Dealer's Choice-- says she isn’t necessarily a jack of all trades, she just gets bored easily.
“I have adult-onset ADD,” said Fuchs. “I don't actually have ADD, but I just get bored with one game you know.
“I like No-Limit Hold’em, but I like playing different games because it keeps your mind going.
"I mean, how many times can you get nine-deuce and fold?”
Fuchs's fascination with mixed games is what drove her to play in what's quickly becoming considered one of the most difficult tournaments of the year.
Choosing the Dealer's Choice
The Dealer’s Choice is a 19-game mix that attracts the best mixed-game players in the business.
This year, Fuchs had to overcome a field of 357 players and a final table that included Chris Klodnicki, Yuval Bronshtein and 2014 Dealer’s Choice Champion, Robert Mizrachi.
Fuchs, a recreational player, overcame them all to win the bracelet and $127,735.
"[Poker's] a game that can be learned," Fuchs said.
"It's not like golf where, let's face it, I'm never going to be a pro golfer.
"But you can learn poker and you can develop your skills by playing and just jump in at any time."
That's how Fuchs ended up at the WSOP. With her husband out of town, Fuchs jumped into the Dealer's Choice off a whim.
While she didn't expect to win the bracelet, she felt comfortable with her mixed-game ability.
Poker in Hollywood and Hollywood in Poker
Fuchs frequents several mixed-game home games throughout Hollywood including a game with Castle Rock Entertainment --a production company her husband Martin Shafer helped found-- executives.
“There are a lot of Hollywood games,” Fuchs said.
“There are games that are kind of known and talked about because they have celebrities or studio heads.”
While details on these games are kept mum, Hollywood often tries --and fails-- to bring the game to the big screen.
Fuchs, who wrote the 2007 movie No Reservations, says this is due to the nature of the game.
“I think part of the reason is that it's very hard to tell a poker story that's not dark,” Fuchs said.
“The poker version of Leaving Las Vegas is what you're going to get, and it's hard to get anyone to invest in that because it's dark.”
While poker might not succeed on the big screen, Fuchs says she thinks it can find success on smaller ones.
“I do think a serialized show for cable, not a reality show, is the place for poker,” Fuchs said. “I think it's a show about characters who live this life.
“I think that's the story to tell and I think it would be very successful.”
The Future Fuchs
There’s even a chance a poker script will have Fuchs's byline.
“Maybe [I’ll write a screenplay about poker],” Fuchs said.
“There's this script that I'm working on now and there's one that I'll be working on after, so I don't know, maybe.
“I tend to do several scripts at once, because just like playing mixed games, I've gotta change it up.
“I gotta go to something else and then come back. I'm great at starting a lot of scripts and finishing is always the trick.”
While writing about poker is still up in there air, Fuchs is certain she’ll be playing more in the future.
Fuchs says she might even play the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship on Friday.
If Fuchs wins that event, she’ll become the first woman to win two open events in a year.
Fuchs, who said there was just a handful of women in the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice, hopes that her victory will encourage more women to play poker.
“I'm not here on a soapbox or anything like that,” Fuchs said. “But it would be nice if more women played.
“We could use the estrogen at the table.”