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posted by admin | January 14, 2018 | Feature

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Poker in the movies is often romanticized and portrayed as a glorified strategy-based game where the victor comes from behind to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Truth be told: Poker is a grind. The premier poker players are mathematical and statistical geniuses; their poker playing prowess is evident in the consistency of success they enjoy with their craft. For example, top poker professionals like Doyle Brunson, Chris Moneymaker, and Phil Ivey have been able to amass a following of devoted fans over the years.

The pros of poker routinely teach one lesson to poker greenhorns: Fold most of the starting hands you receive, except for premium starting hands. In the movies, we get to watch accelerated versions of poker tournaments where you won’t see any players folding starting hands. Films simply don’t allow for unnecessary wasting of time. In a high stakes poker tournament, it’s always a war of attrition. Whether you’re playing Texas Hold’em Poker, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, or Caribbean Stud Poker, your goal is always to manage your stack, your cards, and the players at your table as best you can.

Poker Movies: Hollywood and Its Pocket Rockets

When we turn our attention to poker movies, many of the titles that get bandied about are casino-style movies. But if you look closely, there may be an element of poker lurking in the background. The pure poker movies are limited to a handful of films. The top 3 Texas Hold’em poker movies star actors like Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Sylvester Stallone, and Burt Reynolds. Some of these movies have gone mainstream, while others have maintained a low profile, but are certainly worth watching.

Poker movies are designed to add additional mystique to the game. The characters who play poker in films are often wise beyond their years. Guys like Matt Damon, Sly Stallone and Burt Reynolds perfectly captured the quintessential poker face in each of their films. They played the player, and they played their cards with precision. Let’s briefly explore the top 3 Texas Hold’em poker films and see how they differ from real-life poker games

  1. Deal with Burt Reynolds

Deal stars the legendary Burt Reynolds, Maria Mason, and Bret Harrison. This PG-13 drama tells the story of Tommy Vinson – a retired poker professional. Vinson decides to coach the aspiring law school graduate – Alex Stillman (Bret Harrison) the game of poker. Stillman is distracted by online poker games while he’s at law school, so he decides to put his skills to the test by going into live poker games.

Of course, the movie puffs up the scandalous nature of poker, including bluffing and psychological manipulation to great effect. There are some legendary poker players in the mix, including Mike Sexton, Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari and others. The movie came with a budget of $5 million, and tanked at the box office. However, it is a fascinating window into the world of high-stakes poker where Burt Reynolds is drawn back into the WSOP (World Series of Poker) and he comes up against his protégé, Bret Harrison.

  1. Rounders with Matt Damon and Edward Norton

Rounders is now 20 years old. The movie starred Matt Damon, Edward Norton and Gretchen Mol. It tells the story of a card player who is heavily indebted to loan sharks. His best friend comes to his assistance by offering to pay off his debts by getting involved in high-stakes poker tournaments. This poker film has generated the best reviews from the poker online community, as arguably the #1 top film about poker ever.

With a budget of $12 million, the film grossed $22.9 million in the US, and has an enduring legacy among poker fans. Once again, the film focuses on the seedy elements of poker where brawn is pitted against brains in a gruelling contest of poker play. The film succeeds as a great ambassador for the game of poker. Poker online fans routinely site the popularity of Rounders in chat rooms, and high-stakes poker tournaments as the inspiration for getting them interested in the game.

  1. Shade with Sylvester Stallone

Believe it or not, Hollywood A-list star Sylvester Stallone has also dabbled in the game of poker, and to great effect. His film Shade from 2003 is an excellent tribute to the game of poker. It takes place in LA, in the high-stakes poker world where hustlers try and outwit the Dean of poker. Stallone has a low-key role in the film, as it focuses more on the other characters including Joe Niccolo, Carl Mazzocone Sr, Frank Medrano, Melanie Griffith, Thandie Newton and Jason Cerbone who are trying to take down the most legendary poker player of them all. One of the best lines from the movie was when Stallone a.k.a. Stevens ‘The Dean’ said ‘I was mucking cards before you were born!’ to the young upstart who is trying to take him down. This extraordinary tribute to the game of poker has also inspired a new generation of online poker players to take to the game. Shade was released in 2004 and received a favourable 6.4/10 rating from 11,212 reviewers. It is a crime thriller of note, and a surprising addition to the poker genre. With a budget of $6.8 million, the film was a box office flop, but a definite keeper with Texas Hold’em poker fans.

How Do Poker Films Differ from Poker Reality?

There are many ways that films are larger-than-life, and filmmakers design their projects to be engaging, engrossing, and immersive. Poker is a numbers game that is best understood by players in the middle, and fans on the rail. To gain mainstream acceptance, poker films need to engage a wider audience with universal human concepts like betrayal, anguish, greed, violence, duplicity and the like. The game of poker online, or at live tables is increasingly perceived as a mental game where the lack of words is more than compensated for by poker psychology, bluffs, action and inaction.

Films rely on activating our sensory responses to generate interest. In many high-stakes poker games such as 888poker online tournaments, WSOP, WPT, EPT, ANZPT, and the LA Poker Classic, the focus is on your poker acumen, not on hustling hitmen, card sharks, loan sharks, Russian Mafia dons and the like. The poker films are great at popularizing the game for entertainment’s sake, but the game is immune to outside noise. It is a strategy-based war of attrition between players at the table.


posted by admin | September 26, 2017 | Feature

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“What is a superstition? A well-known encyclopedia defines this word as a prejudice, which is a belief in supernatural, in forces from the other world. A superstitious man is one who relies not on logic and common sense, but on some irrational speculation and classified stereotypes of society. This phenomenon is spread among all types of people. Even among celebrities. Guys from made an infographic with some interesting information regarding popular stars and their superstitions. ”

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posted by admin | August 9, 2017 | Feature

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One of the more successful blockbuster releases from this summer was War for the Planet of the Apes, which is the latest instalment in a franchise that will reach its 50th anniversary during 2018. That was when the initial adaptation of the novel was released and in the years since it has proven to be one of the most enduring franchises, even moving successfully into other entertainment platforms.

Original film series

The novel that the Planet of the Apes film from 1968 was based on was French and had the title La Planete des Singes, when it was published five years earlier. That original film starred Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell and was a huge hit at the time – as well as going on to become an iconic film of its era. There are very few people who are not familiar with the closing scene featuring a destroyed Statue of Liberty, which has been affectionately parodied many times. The box office success of the film led to a string of sequels, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes, during the early 1970s. These lacked the star power and critical acclaim of the original, but proved reasonably successful at the box office – albeit none achieved anything close to the $33,395426 worldwide box office gross of the first film. By the time of the final film in 1973, the sense of diminishing returns was clear, backed up by worldwide box office figures of just $8,800,000, and the franchise disappeared from cinema screens for nearly thirty years.

Other mediums

Perhaps this was partly down to oversaturation as this era also saw a television series launched – with McDowell on board. The show centred on a similar premise to the original film, with humans oppressed by apes in the future, but did not prove a hit with audiences and was cancelled after one series. There was also an animated series – Return to the Planet of the Apes – briefly screened in 1975, but this failed to find an audience. The franchise has made a much more successful move into other entertainment mediums in recent years however, with the launch of spin-offs like the themed Planet of the Apes slot game.

Burton reboot

The franchise was finally revived in 2001 by acclaimed director Tim Burton, following a long period in development, and his Planet of the Apes featured stars like Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham-Carter. Burton was criticised by many fans of the original for the changes he made to the story however and the film flopped at the box office.

Current film series

The franchise then lay fallow for another decade until being rebooted as Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011, which featured a storyline about humans raising a genetically enhanced chimpanzee. This proved to be the real rebirth of the series and was followed by this summer’s film, which won praise from critics for its thoughtful and adult depiction of war.

Last year saw the announcement that a fourth film in the new series would be made, and the studio might give us more information on that next year, to coincide with the anniversary


posted by admin | June 9, 2017 | Feature

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Whether it’s Archaeopteryx, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurs Rex or the humble chicken, there’s a dinosaur for everyone out there – and still more being dug up; the Chinese Beibeilong sinensis or “baby dragon” was found inside a fossilized egg and made the news worldwide as recently as May of this year. Our near universal love of giant lizards is encapsulated by just one movie series though: Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

A film that made cinemagoers fear long grass the way Jaws kept an entire generation out of the water, Jurassic Park has gone through a number of plotlines over its five-movie run, with the third installment built around arguably the most baffling; namely, velociraptors that can “talk”. The success of Jurassic World repositioned the franchise as one of the top adventure movies out there though, serving as something of a “soft” reboot for the dinos.

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Jeff Goldblum

Jurassic Park’s fame goes well beyond the silver screen now though, with video games and even LEGO sets based on the movie series. A five-reel slot machine made by Microgaming and playable on the Guts casino website is a distinctly modern use of the Jurassic Park brand, featuring the likeness of Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), and the female Brachiosaur from the original film.

The  Jurassic Park Online slot game is one of the more popular titles in the Guts catalogue due to its 243 paylines, range of Free Spin features, and the T-Rex Alert Mode, which can add 35 wilds to the game at any given moment. The slot is one of a number of pop culture-branded games on the Guts website, along with Game of Thrones, Hellboy, Tomb Raider: Secret of the Sword, and Hitman, a title based on Square Enix’s popular video game.

But what’s next for Jurassic Park? As the film with the third biggest opening ever, Jurassic World 2 was inevitable and has in fact already been greenlit for a June 2018 release. Starring Chris Pratt as Owen and possibly Jeff Goldblum as shirtless scientist Ian Malcolm, the fifth entry in the long running franchise will actually take its cues from the first: remember when Dennis Nedrey (Wayne Knight) tried to steal and sell InGen’s research?

Open Source

Concerned with the implications of a black or open source market in dinosaur DNA, Jurassic World 2 will ostensibly deal with a domesticated dinosaur, creatures bred for war, agriculture, transport, and other human-oriented tasks. It’s a dystopic concept that’s superficially similar to that of Greg Bear’s 1998 book Dinosaur Summer – but whether the sequel will go for a Planet of the Apes-style rebellion or a standard chompfest is anybody’s guess at this point.

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Part of the groundwork for the plot was laid in the first Jurassic World, with one of the most memorable scenes Owen’s efforts to “train” velociraptors. The idea of weaponized dinosaurs has parallels with the San Diego Incident (The Lost World) too, in which a rampaging T-Rex destroyed part of the city as it searched for its stolen child. Significantly, Jurassic World 2 will also leave the islands of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna behind.

There’s still a year to go until Jurassic World 2’s opening night so a lot could change in the franchise’s canon before then. Regardless, as the archetypical adventure for all ages, the fifth dinosaur romp could be the movie event of the year.


posted by admin | February 26, 2017 | Feature

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We all know that watching a movie and settling into the couch on a Friday night, heck, on any night, is extremely healthy. It’s important to relax once in awhile, and even more important to take your mind off of the everyday goings on. whether your preferred movie is more mindless entertainment, or you like a deep-thinking kind of flick, watching a movie is often the best remedy for anything that is bothering you.

At the same time, sometimes the way that we end up watching these movies turns it into a bit of an unhealthy habit. Do you find yourself eating microwaved popcorn, candy bars, and ice cream? Is your go to beverage a soda or energy drink? If you eat a bit of junk food from time to time, that is not a problem. But if you are a true movie fiend, and you end up eating this way several nights per week, your health is going to get out of whack pretty fast.

Make sure that you take care of your body by eating right during movie nights. Many people are thinking right now that they did not settle into the couch so they could snack on baby carrots and ranch dip, or crunch down on some oven-roasted kale chips. But eating right doesn’t have to mean it either is not appetizing or takes a ton of effort to make.

When you sign up for a service like Nutrisystem, you get the double benefit of eating right and also not having to spend a ton of time and energy on doing so. Take advantage of the great coupons available through Groupon and Nutrisystem to score 40% off of every order and get free shipping, and even to get $25 off of your first two orders plus free bars and shakes.

Turning your movie night around into a completely healthy habit, both mentally and physically, takes very little effort, and not much of a cash outlay either. Enjoy your movie night guilt free with Nutrisystem, and you might find that movie night expands into movie nights, multiple times each week.

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