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A new documentary entitled Poker Queens, from director Sandra Mohr and executive producer Christine Beatty, traces the history of women in the game of poker, from the days of “Poker Alice” Ivers, to MuskanSethi, who made waves at this year’s World Series of Poker Championship Event and is one of India’s top professional poker players.

Featured in the documentary are Poker Hall of Fame members Barbara Enright, Linda Johnson and Jennifer Harman, Women in Poker Hall of Fame members Jan Fisher and Maria Ho, and current Female Player of the Year Kristen Bicknell, (who notes in the trailer that “boys don’t like to be beat by girls!”) among others, as they all seek their place at the poker table in what remains, even in the 21st century, a heavily male-dominated game.

Stories and anecdotes are also contributed by players such as Liv Boeree, Kelly Minkin, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Loni Harwood, Esther Taylor and the World Poker Tour’s Angelica Hael. They are all extremely entertaining, but what is still left unclear is what direction the documentary will take.

Will it be bold and have a point of view with regard to why there are so few female poker players? (approximately 10% of the participants in the game and, even worse, at the WSOP Championship Event this year, 4.1%, or 350 women out of the 8569-player field). If this documentary addresses the disparity issue head on, it will be far more provocative than simply a series of highly enjoyable anecdotes.

Poker Queens will premiere on Amazon Prime Video, but there is no information if there will be a charge for outside viewers or if it will be included with the Amazon Prime subscription for members and offered for free. It could be a worthy addition to the list of poker documentaries that have been presented, but we’ll have to wait for a look at the finished product before we can be sure.

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Years ago we wrote about the movie; “The Grand,” an improvisational comedy, which takes a stab at the often hilarious look at what happens at the, sometimes crazed, high stakes poker tables.

So, if you love movies, comedy, and poker then this movie will have you in stitches. It may not help you with your poker skills but you may recognize some of this behavior exhibited by way too many players from Vegas to Macau and anywhere poker is played.

“The Grand” stars Woody Harrelson along with Jason Alexander, Ray Romano, Werner Herzog, Cheryl Hines, David Cross, Dennis Ferrina, Richard Kind, Gabe Kaplan, and Chris Parnell. And, naturally any poker movie should include lots of cameos from real poker stars and poker-celebrities like  Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak, Daniel Negreanu and many more.

This is one movie where you may see anything from a giant pair of sunglasses to some jumbo playing cards and pass for cool. We certainly have seen some of these shenanigans at almost every tournament we have played.

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Last week we featured four more celebrities that always capture our attention when they are sitting at a poker table. Sometimes you’ll catch them laser- focused on their hand; you can almost see the wheels turning in their heads as they hesitatingly splash their chips in.

Christian Slater - Phil Hellmuth - SlashOther times you may catch any one of them goofing around with some superstar POKER PLAYERS like in this picture with film star Christian Slater on the left, superstar poker player Phil Hellmuth in the middle, and Rock n Roll superstar Slash.

Celebrity poker lovers come in all sizes, varying skill levels, and various degrees of taking the games they enter into seriously. Most celebrities I have witnessed seem to be very seriously committed to the game.

Michael PhelpsTake one of the most beloved Olympic legends of all time, Michael Phelps. Although he hasn’t quite broken through yet, he has cashed about a half dozen times and if he keeps practicing and enters more tourneys, he just might push through and win more. After all, he’s Michael Phelps!

 

Paris HiltonWhen or where was the last time you saw or heard that Paris Hilton was in the house? Well, if the house happens to be a poker room then you may have seen her up close and personal. She loves poker so much that it has been reported she once bet away her Bentley Continental GT and she still runs to the tables to play her favorite game.

MiniMe Verne TroyerThen there was Mini Me, Verne Troyer, of the Austin Powers movies, who unfortunately passed away this past April. He will be missed by fans of his films and by many who remember this 2′ 8″ giant at poker tables around the world.

 

Pamela AndersonHow many of you lusted after Pamela Anderson  in the “Baywatch” television series? She still has a huge fan base worldwide and over the last several years she’s added a whole new fan base through her appearances at poker tables everywhere. If you play often enough, you might get lucky and spot her pushing chips across the felt.

There are a lot more television, film, and sports personalities who love to hit the poker tables at their closest casinos in hopes of making a deep run . . .  and maybe even reach a final table at their favorite tournament.

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The title is actually a line spoken by entrepreneur Molly Bloom, played by Jessica Chastain in the upcoming poker thriller, “Molly’s Game.” I’ve written two previous blogs about this film as I eagerly awaited its release. The reasons are simple:

  1. What could possibly intrigue a poker blogger more than a movie about high-stakes poker, especially one written by one of my all-time favorite screenwriters, Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin, also making his directorial debut
  2. In the late 2000s, Bloom ran the most exclusive high-stakes star-studded underground poker game ever seen in Hollywood;
  3. Poker-themed movies are generally filled with tension, humor, paranoia, excitement suspense and lots of poker chips;
  4. Idris Elba

So, if you’re ready to see the next great poker movie, you’re in luck. The movie has already received great reviews from film critics and was recently honored by the American Film Institute to run as its closing night gala.

Bloom, a world-class skier headed for the Olympics before a freak accident kept her out of the Salt Lake City games, went instead to Los Angeles where, as Sorkin states, she “ended up running for 12 years the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game, a game where there were movie stars (like Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Toby McGuire) and hedge fund managers, big name athletes, Saudi princes and millions of dollars changing hands in the course of a night. She became known as the biggest game-runner in the world.”

To find out more about the woman who’d been on her way to Harvard Law School and wound up running a poker room, you’ll have to see the film. And I can finally say, we won’t have to wait much longer. “Molly’s Game” is opening on Christmas Day!

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