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Gambling Planet News: New Online Poker Documentary: “A Kid’s Game”

A new online poker documentary examines the success of so many twenty-something (and younger) players.  The movie, by documentary filmmaker Li Dong, is titled “A Kid’s Game: The Story of Online Poker”.  The complete seventy-minute film will be released at an online poker-training site at the end of March. 

The film features interviews with several online poker pros, most of whom are young men in their twenties.  Brothers Di Dang (screenname: “urindanger”) and Hac Dang (screenname: “TREX313”) are among those interviewed about the ups and downs of the online poker lifestyle, as well as the millions of dollars they have won and lost at the game.

Many of these young online poker wizards, such as Tom Dwan (screenname: “durrr”) have converted their online success into a lucrative career on the live poker tournament circuit.  Others, including Swedish player Viktor Blom (screenname: “isildur1”) have created an air of mystery around their online poker personas that have attracted a following among fans.

Andrew Robl (screenname: “Good2CU”) comments during the film about how the online poker atmosphere has changed since the enactment of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in the US.  The UIGEA prohibited US-based banks from conducting transactions with overseas-based online poker sites.

Robl and other have mentioned that the lack of novice players (also called “fish”), as well as several sites closing their doors to US-based players, has led to some online poker pros struggling to make a profit.  Isaac Haxton (screenname: “LuvtheWNBA”) talked about how, before the UIGEA, it was nearly impossible for skilled players to have two consecutive losing days.


10-Mar-2011, 01:13

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