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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:12

Belfast theater to go All In'

Poker documentary to be screened at the Colonial Theater

BELFAST - Poker is big business. There's no disputing that the game has experienced an exponential surge in popularity over the past decade or so. It's been so big, in fact, that it can be easy to forget the years of ups and downs the game faced before this recent explosion.

'All In: The Poker Movie' is a documentary that aims to determine the root causes behind this 21st century poker boom. The movie is currently being screened in theaters all over the country, including a number of Maine locales. The film has already screened at the Portland Museum of Art and will be coming to Belfast's Colonial Theater on April 19.

The film, directed by Douglas Tirola, explores some of the history of poker, looking back at a time when the poker player was viewed as a somewhat shady, almost sleazy character. We get introduced to some of the legendary underground poker rooms in New York City (a number of which served as inspiration for the seminal poker film 'Rounders'). The game's popularity ebbed and flowed in Las Vegas, but in 1973, Binion's put together a six-man tournament that they called 'The World Series of Poker.'

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