Deal to be released April 25

Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari's just one of the poker stars to have a roll in Deal.

Over the last couple of years, we've seen a series of poker movies hit the silver screen, but not one of them has captured poker in its truest form.

The next poker movie in the works, Deal, starring Bret Harrison, Burt Reynolds and Shannon Elizabeth, will see a limited release on April 25.

The film features a slew of cameos by, among others, Antonio Esfandiari, Joe Hachem, Phil Laak, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer and Vince Van Patten.

No poker movie since the release of Rounders in 1998 has been able to come close to truly capturing the essence of the game. Deal has already been reviewed as "the best poker movie since Rounders" and "the real deal" by some of the poker stars who appear in it, who also claim that it "captures the poker world like it is."

It remains to be seen whether people involved in the making of the movie are an unbiased source of reviews.

The plot of Deal is as follows: As an ex-gambler teaches a hot-shot college kid some things about playing cards, he finds himself pulled into the World Series of Poker, where his protégé becomeshis toughest competition.

It sounds like a solid pitch, as the same plot formula worked rather well in the 1986 film The Color of Money, starring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. (The cast of The Color of Money also featured John Turturro, better known as "Joey Knish" from Rounders.)

It will be interesting to see if this movie can come through with a real, accurate and entertaining view of the poker world, or if it will fall flat like another recent film that didn't get so lucky.

Watch the trailer on the movies official website

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