Poker Movie Wins Award

Top documentary at CineVegas

by , Jun 14, 2009 | 10:25 pm

[tab: News]All In: The Poker Movie won the jury prize for Best Documentary at the CineVegas Film Festival last week — which knowledgeable movie people tell me is known as a respected minor league version of Sundance. It supposedly won’t be announced until tomorrow afternoon, but Variety already has the results.

Chris Moneymaker is a hero again.

Even not-so-pokery people are saying this 98-minute history of the game is a sleepy sleeper hit. Indie Film Examiner says:

This film claims that poker is a “microcosm of the American dream”. After viewing it I completely agree.

And VegasHappensHere:

But “All In” tonight really taught me something else: The poker boom is about as American as anything ever was. The variation on the game itself — Texas Hold ‘Em — is an American invention. Risk-taking is the foundation of our capitalist society. And the ingredients that turned it into what it is today include new technology (hole-card cams, Web poker) and anyone-can-succeed chutzpah (Moneymaker) that have deep roots in our national traditions.

[tab: Video from premiere]
PokerListings was at the premiere, at the Palms:

All In: The Poker Movie Premiere from

4 Comments to “Poker Movie Wins Award ”

  1. Vinny B.

    How would anyone be able to see this?

  2. BJ Nemeth

    Too bad my interview (done at the Borgata in 2005) ended up on the cutting room floor. Probably a net positive for the film that I didn’t make it, but it would have been nice to have a cameo in an award-winning film. 🙂

  3. DanM

    it would give you an imdb entry … which i gotta think isn’t to different than the hendon mob db entry.

    not sure yet how you see it, vinny. i’m curious, too, as i missed the premiere.

  4. Poker Shrink

    One of my poker buddies suggested that PPA make a deal to send DVDs of this film to every member of Congress. He said if they didn’t understand the poker phenomenon this film would make them more sympathetic to our side of the debate.