From the mind of a real poker player comes the first real poker movie.
David James penciled out the script in between hands, often times in the
very casino the movie was ultimately filmed in. Pulling together his winnings
from over the years, he finances the film, and tells us the story of The
Like the many different combinations of cards in any poker game, The
Big Blind follows the many different lives of card players in a casino,
all brought together by the lure of the gamble. Some, like Scotty, played
by real life Las Vegas World Series of Poker Champion Scotty Nguyen, play
to win. Others play just for the action, for the thrill. Still others
can only sit on the sidelines, perpetual railbirds, comically hashing
out their lives while watching the good players steal the pots.
Darrin, a self-professed professional poker player, narrates us through
this voyage of over 50 characters and 12 story lines. Face off after face
off at the tables shows us the realistic side of Texas Hold’em,
while colorful casino characters like Lane, who thinks he knows it all
and can't be beat, engage us. Lane is good, and finds himself on a streak.
But will he be driving home in a new car, or hitchhiking? And his sister
Kathy, played by real life high stakes professional poker player Jennifer
Harman Traniello, just wants to win enough to get the mob off their backs.
It's anyone's guess if the world of poker they've driven into will build
their sibling kinship, or crush it.
Roger, on the other hand, had no intention of playing cards. He just needed
to use a phone. Now he finds himself unable to back away from the table,
all the while slowly falling in love with the blond haired girl that's
always seated at the elbow of the cruelest scam artist in the county.
Pure evil, he manages to stay one step ahead of his opponents, and the
law. But his window is closing fast. Will he escape his victims and the
police, to play another hand? Will his girlfriend stay loyal?
What of Sly and his girlfriend, Queen Mama? He will cheat and lie his
way to finding a stake, to get back in the game, and he is not above stealing
from her. And she is not above blowing his head off...
A small town California casino plays host to these and a myriad of other
characters battling it out for chips, and trying to make sense of this
road they've chosen. While some move on to greatness, others will not
survive. This is the real deal. A movie about real poker players. In a
real casino. Made by a real poker player.