Rounders, the film that started a thousand poker games – 20 years on

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“Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.”

It’s one of the all-time great lines in poker films. It’s also one of the many hooks that has made Rounders perhaps the most iconic and influential poker film of all time.

Originally released two decades ago in what was a very different world for poker, Rounders starred Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich, John Turturro and Martin Landau. Written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman and directed by John Dahl, it follows a young Damon as he gets sucked back into the world of high stakes poker while trying to clear the debts of his less scrupulous friend Worm, played by Norton.

The most influential poker film ever?

It didn’t set the box office on fire, nor did it fare particularly well with critics,
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