Cast


Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Star of "Rounders"

Matt Damon starred as poker player Mike McDermott in the 1998 film "Rounders," acting opposite Edward Norton. Damon has enjoyed career success, and is best known for playing Linus in the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy and C.I.A. operative Jason Bourne from the "Bourne" series.

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Hall of Fame Poker Player

Phil Hellmuth learned how to play poker in college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, dropping out his junior year to pursue it full-time. He’s won 11 World Series of Poker bracelets since 1989, including two in 2003. Hellmuth has set records for being the youngest person to win a WSOP main event at age 24, and winning three bracelets in one year. He’s known as the “Poker Brat” due to his controversial behavior. @phil_hellmuth

Annie Duke

Annie Duke

Professional Poker Player

Annie Duke first tried playing at the World Series of Poker on advice of her brother, professional poker player Howard Lederer. It worked a little too well: She ended up playing better than him. Duke won bracelets at the 2004 World Series of Poker and 2004 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. @AnnieDuke

 

Ira Glass

Ira Glass

Host of National Public Radio’s “This American Life”

Ira Glass hosts NPR’s “This American Life,” which he also executive-produces. In 2011, Glass played in a Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament in Brooklyn, NY to benefit 826NYC, which provides writing workshops and tutoring lessons for children. Glass got into poker after doing a story on professional poker players and what they know that casual players don’t. Glass’ favorite poker book is “Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book.” @ThisAmerLife

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer and Historian

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and historian. Her books tend to center around sports, history and politics. As a presidential historian, she naturally knows all the details about Warren Harding gambling away the White House china.

Frank DeFord

Frank DeFord

Peabody Award-Winning Sports Journalist

Frank Deford has worked in sports journalism since the early 1960s. In addition to writing 16 books, he works as a correspondent for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” His work has won Emmy, Peabody and National Magazine Awards, and his peers have elected him Sportswriter of the Year six times.

 

Chris
Moneymaker

Chris Moneymaker

Professional Poker Player

Chris Moneymaker sports arguably the most prescient last name ever. He famously won the World Series of Poker in 2003, creating poker’s ultimate underdog narrative. His win is credited with creating the “Moneymaker effect,” bringing wider awareness to the sport. @CMONEYMAKER

Mike Sexton

Mike Sexton

World Poker Tour Commentator

Mike Sexton has seen both sides, as a professional poker player and providing commentary for the World Poker Tour. He won the World Series of Poker in 1989 and the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions in 2006. In 2006, Sexton was recognized as the sport's top ambassador. @MikeSexton_WPT

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers

Grammy Award-Winning Entertainer

Singer Kenny Rogers is best known for his song 1978 “The Gambler,” with the iconic lyrics “know when to hold ‘em/know when to fold ‘em.” The song won Rogers a Grammy Award, and the album is considered influential for the country music genre. @_KennyRogers

 

James McManus

James McManus

Author of “Positively Fifth Street”

Author James McManus is known for writing books on poker. “Cowboys Full” covers the history of poker, while “Positively Fifth Street” details his shot at the World Series of Poker that he was only supposed cover. McManus advanced to the final table, along with player Chris Ferguson. He also writes novels and poetry. @jimbosweetness

Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston

 Amarillo Slim

Poker Legend

Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston is a legend in the poker world. He first won the World Series of Poker in 1972, and became known to a wider audience with multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show” during the Johnny Carson era. He often cut a distinctive figure, frequently wearing a cowboy hat and boots.  

Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu

Professional Poker Player

Daniel Negreanu began playing poker at age 16 and moved to Las Vegas five years later. When he won a World Series of Poker bracelet at age 23, he was the youngest person to win, leading to his nickname “Kid Poker.” Elsewhere in entertainment, Negreanu has made cameo appearances in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and Katy Perry’s music video for “Waking Up in Vegas.” @realkidpoker

 

Bert Sugar

Bert Sugar

Sports Writer and Historian

Bert Sugar has written over 80 books on sports and sports history, mainly focusing on boxing. Before journalism, he worked in advertising, and known for writing a mid-century advertising jingle for Nestle.

Peter Alson

Peter Alson

Author of "Take Me to the River"

Peter Alson is known for his nonfiction books about poker that focus on the people behind the game. His most recent book, "Take Me to the River," takes on an autobiographical element, focusing on playing in the 2005 World Series of Poker. Alson co-authored "One of A Kind," about poker legend Stu Ungar, with Nolan Dalla, media director of the World Series of Poker.

Nolan Dalla

Nolan Dalla

Media Director of World Series of Poker

Nolan Dalla’s part-time poker habit became full-time in 1993 when he began writing for “Card Player Magazine.” He works as the media director for the World Series of Poker, and as director of communications for DuplicatePoker.com. Dalla co-authored “One of a Kind,” a biography of poker genius Stu Ungar, with writer Peter Alson.

 

Barry Greenstein

Barry Greenstein

Professional Poker Player

Barry Greenstein designed software before turning to poker. He's won three World Series of Poker bracelets, and has written a book, "Ace on the River," about how to earn money playing poker. His nickname is "the Robin Hood of Poker" since he gives away his winnings to charity. @barrygreenstein

Joe Hachem

Joe Hachem

Professional Poker Player

Born in Lebanon, Joe Hatchem moved to Australia with his family at age six. He began devoting more time to poker after giving up his career as a chiropractor. Hatchem won the World Series of Poker in 2005, becoming the first Australian to do so. @JosephHachem

Phil Laak

Phil Laak

Professional Poker Player

Phil Laak first played backgammon before turning to poker. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2010. That same year, Laak set a world record for longest continuous playing time, clocking in at 115 hours. His nickname is "Unabomber" since he wears dark glasses and a hooded sweatshirt while playing. @realphilLaak

 

Brian Koppelman

Brian Koppelman

Writer of “Rounders”

Brian Koppelman co-wrote “Rounders” with writing partner David Levien. His most recent screenplays include “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “The Girlfriend Experience” and “Solitary Man.” He co-created and wrote four episodes of ESPN’s poker drama “Tilt.” In addition to writing, Koppelman works as a director, producer and occasional actor. @briankoppelman

Howard Lederer

Howard Lederer

Professional Poker Player

Howard Lederer first discovered poker while playing his preferred game, chess. He's won World Series of Poker bracelets in consecutive years, 2000 and 2001. Professional poker runs in the family, as Lederer is Annie Duke's sister. In 1994, they became the first brother-sister pair at the World Series of Poker final table. @howardhlederer

Chris Ferguson

Chris Ferguson

Professional Poker Player

Chris Ferguson got a doctorate in computer science before becoming a professional poker player. He’s won five World Series of Poker bracelets and has set a record for making it to the final table (25 times). His nickname is “Jesus” from his long hair and beard.

 

Scotty Nguyen

Scotty Nguyen

5 Time Winner of World Series of Poker

Originally from Vietnam, Scotty Nguyen came to the United States at age 14. He discovered poker when he moved to Las Vegas five years later. Nguyen holds five World Series of Poker bracelets and 47 first-place finishes. He coined the phrase, "That's poker, baby!" @TheScottyNguyen

Erik Seidel

Erik Seidel

Professional Poker Player

Before he turned to poker full-time, Erik Seidel played at New York’s Mayfair Club, later immortalized in “Rounders.” Seidel has won eight World Series of Poker bracelets since 1992, and was the first member of Full Tilt Poker to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

Isabelle Mercier

Isabelle Mercier

Professional Poker Player

After studying law, Mercier worked at a game club in Paris and quickly rose up the ranks. Here, she began to consider becoming a professional poker player. Mercier got her nickname "No Mercy" from commentator Mike Sexton after she won the World Poker Tour Ladies' Night Tournament in 2004. @IsabelleNoMercy

 

Johnny Marinacci

Johnny Marinacci

Poker Consultant

Marinacci gives poker lessons with business partner Mike Scelza, and has appeared on "The Sopranos" and "Boardwalk Empire."

Henry Orenstein

Henry Orenstein

Inventor of the Hole Cam

Henry Orenstein may be best-known to poker players as the man who invented the hole cam: the device that shows a player's cards to an audience. But he's not just an entrepreneur: he also won the World Series of Poker in 1996. Outside of poker, Orenstein also achieved success as a toymaker, holding over 100 patents, including one for the "Transformers" toys.

Vanessa Rousso

Vanessa Rousso

Professional Poker Player

Known as "Lady Maverick," Vanessa Rousso got into poker after studying game theory in college. She joined the World Series of Poker tour in 2006, and has had six first-place finishes. Rousso is one of the top women in the game with regards to all-time winnings. @VanessaRousso

 

Richard Anthony

Richard Anthony

Managing Director, Head of Derivatives & Equities at BGC Partners

Richard Anthony has had numerous cashes in the WSOP as well as other tournaments around the world. His overall lifetime winnings total approximately $500 thousand.

Denny Crum

Denny Crum

Hall of Fame College Basketball Coach for the University of Louisville

Though he's well-known for coaching men's basketball at the University of Louisville, Denny Crum has become involved with poker. He hosted the 2010 Derby Poker Tournament alongside poker heavyweights Phil Hellmuth and Robert Williamson III. Crum gained a singular honor with a poker tournament named after him: The Denny Crum Poker Open, held at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana casino.

John Dahl

John Dahl

Director of "Rounders"

John Dahl directed the poker movie "Rounders," starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. His recent work focuses on directing television episodes, including "Dexter," "Californication" and "The Vampire Diaries."

 

Senator Al D'Amato

Senator Al D'Amato

Lawyer and Former Senator of New York

Al D'Amato serves as chairman for the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), which works to protect poker players' rights. D'Amato's aim with the PPA is to allow poker players to enjoy playing wherever they choose. He works as a lawyer and was a former New York senator, who served from 1981 to 1999.

Mori Eskandani

Mori Eskandani

Executive Producer of television poker program "Poker After Dark"

Mori Eskandani is a television producer who's aligned himself with poker. He's served as executive producer on "Poker After Dark" and "Face The Ace," and worked with "High Stakes Poker" and "National Heads-Up Poker Championship."

Steve Lipscomb

Steve Lipscomb

Creator and Executive Producer of the "World Poker Tour" television series

Steve Lipscomb founded the World Poker Tour in 2003, and acts as its CEO. His job combines his previous legal and business experience. Elsewhere in entertainment, he performed improvisational comedy at Chicago's Second City theater.

 

Mike Scelza

Mike Scelza

Poker Consultant

Mike Scelza has worked as a poker consultant on "Rounders" and "Michael Clayton." He frequently works with fellow poker consultant Johnny Marinacci.

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly

Actress and Celebrity Poker Player

Jennifer Tilly straddles the disparate worlds of Hollywood and professional poker, and has achieved success in each. After getting nominated for an Academy Award in 1994, she won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2005 the Ladies' No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em. She continues to juggle her dual careers.

Vince Van Patten

Vince Van Patten

Celebrity Poker Player and World Poker Tour Commentator

Vince Van Patten transitioned into poker from acting and tennis. He learned the game at age 13 from his father, actor Dick Van Patten. He's combined his television and poker experience to host broadcasts from the World Poker Tour. @VinceVanP_WPT

 
 

New York
New York, NY
Cinema Village
March 23 – March 30

Schenectedy, NY
Proctors Theater
March 24

California
Los Angeles, CA
Laemmle Monica
April 13 – April 20


Alaska
Juneau, AK
Gold Town
Nickelodeon Theater
March 21 & 28

Colorado
Denver, CO
Denver Film Center
March 30 - April 6th

Connecticut
Hartford, CT
Real Art Ways
March 23 – 25,
March 30 – April 1

Connecticut
New London, CT
Garde Arts Center
June 1

Stamford, CT
Avon Theater
(SNEAK PREVIEW)
March 6

Florida
Tampa, FL
Roosevelt 2.0
Dates TBD

Illinois
Bloomington, IL
Galaxy 14
April 19

Champaign, IL
The Art Theater
March 30, April 3, April 5

Chicago, IL
Gene Siskel Film Center
April 23

O'Fallon, IL
O'Fallon Theater
April 19

Iowa
Cedar Rapids, IA
Galaxy 16
April 19

Kansas
Wichita, KS
Louise C Murdock Theatre
April 24th and April 26th

Kentucky
Paducah, KY
Maiden Allen Cinema
April 20 – 22

Louisianna
New Orleans, LA
Zeitgeist Arts Center
March 30 – April 3

Maine
Belfast, ME
Colonial Theater
April 19

Brunswick, ME
Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery
May 8-13

Portland, ME
Portland Museum of Art
March 30 – April 1

Massachusetts
Arlington, MA
The Regent Theatre
April 5 and 12

Minnesota
Rochester, MN
Galaxy 14
April 19

Missouri
Des Peres, MO
Des Peres 14
April 19

St. Louis, MO
Ronnies 20
April 19

Missouri (Cont).
St. Charles, MO
St Charles 18
April 19

Cape Girardeu, MO
Cape West 14
April 19

Nebraska
Scottsbluff, NE
Midwest Theater
Dates TBD

New Jersey
Egg Harbor, NJ
Frank Theatres
Towne Stadium 16
March 29

New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
Guild Cinema
April 23 – 26

North Carolina
Charlotte, NC
The Light Factory
April 22

Ohio
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Museum of Art
April 6 & 7

Columbus, OH
Gateway Film Center
April 6 – 13

Oklahoma
Tulsa, OK
Circle Cinema
April 20 – 27

Oregon
Portland, OR
Clinton St Theater
April 6 – 13

Pennsylvania
Doylestown, PA
County & Ambler Theaters
April 19

Landsdowne, PA
Cinema 16:9
April 20 – 26

Rhode Island
Newport, RI
Jane Pickens Theater
& Event Center
April 18

Texas
Oak Cliff, TX
The Texas Theater
March 31

Washington
Bellingham, WA
Pickford Film Center
April 7 & 8