All In: The Poker Movie is a documentary film covering the story of a card game that’s as associated with con-men on riverboats as it is with presidents, a game which in very recent history went from one being played by bored old folks in community centers to the game of celebrities — a game that makes celebrities. At the start of the new millennium, poker began to be cool, and a bit dangerous, again in the underground clubs of New York City — seeing a worldwide boom in popularity.
The cast of the film includes Hollywood stars, big time gamblers, and a handful historians. However, of the 36 named cast members, only 5 are women: Annie Duke, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Isabelle Mercier, Vanessa Rousso & Jennifer Tilly. That’s a scant 13.8%. However, that’s a lot better than any other minorities seem to fair… Provoking the question, at least, that Poker’s primarily a white man’s game and perhaps we are not “all in”.
If you’re a fan of poker, or just curious, the documentary becomes available for video download (in HD) on April 24 — including a special “deluxe” set available for pre-order now. This set contains a DVD of the film along with the HD download as well as collectibles: a theatrical-sized movie poster and playing cards featuring artwork from the film.