When poker was thrust into the mainstream culture, Hollywood gave us poker films like

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Lucky You: The Las Vegas Premiere

Hollywood loves making movies about the latest craze. Since 2003, when poker was thrust into the mainstream culture, Hollywood gave us poker films like -- well, nothing. Hollywood loves making movies about the latest craze. When break dancing was big in the early 1980s, we got "Breakin'" (1984) and "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" (1984). When the internet came to prominence in the mid-1990s, we got films like "Hackers" (1995) and Sandra Bullock in "The Net" (1995). Since 2003, when poker was thrust into the mainstream culture, Hollywood gave us poker films like -- well, nothing. Hollywood has occasionally turned to poker in recent years, showcasing it in movies like "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005) and the latest James Bond film, "Casino Royale" (2006). But that doesn't make them poker films. "Lucky You," which opens in theaters nationwide this weekend, is the Full Tilt Poker first true poker film since "Rounders" (1998) -- and that makes it the first true poker film since televised poker exploded in 2003.

"Lucky You" premiered in Las Vegas at the Red Rock Casino Thursday night. There was a New York premiere earlier in the week for the actors and the mainstream media, but this night was for the poker players, many of whom had roles in the film.






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