Year / Countries: 2008 / USA
Directors: Gil Cates Jr.
Cast: Burt Reynolds (Tommy Vinson), Bret Harrison (Alex Stillman), Shannon Elizabeth (Michelle), Maria Mason (Helen Vinson), Gary Grubbs (Mr. Stillman), Caroline McKinley (Mrs. Kinley)
The film «Deal» represents a story about a poker coach and his student. A young man named Alex is the main character of the movie. The boy has recently graduated from college and now, he often plays poker, although the results aren’t the best. An experienced poker professional Tommy Vinson notices Alex at the time of one of his losses. Tommy considers the guy to be a very promising poker player if to apply a correct game approach therefore he starts to train Alex to learn game subtleties, proven on personal experience. Both players find benefits for themselves in these trainings. With time, Tommy understands that he created a strong opponent for himself.
Some time afterwards, the student and the teacher meet at the World Poker Tour tables in Bellagio. Each of them wants to get a champion title, tournament trophy and significant amount of prize money. Tommy’s protege Alex becomes his main opponent on the way to get everything, and Alex’s mentor Tommy - is the only difficulty on the boy’s way to win. Who is to win this competition? Will the student be able to overcome his coach?
Interesting facts about the film:
- Shannon Elizabeth, who played Michelle in the film, likes to play poker indeed, and she won around a quarter of million dollars in live poker tournaments.
- Real poker professionals like Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem and others performed episodic roles in the «Deal» movie. The roles of the WPT presenters in the film were played by real world poker tour presenters Mike Sexton (a member of PartyPoker Team) and Vincent Van Patten.