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Tommy Vinson is an ex-gambler who quit the game of Texas Hold'em over 30 years ago after missing a family emergency and swearing to his wife, Helen, "never again." Tommy tries to be content with his luggage business but while watching a poker tournament on television, he sees someone who reminds him of his younger self, Alex Stillman. Alex dreams of playing professional poker, like the icons he sees on TV. After winning an on-line event that places him in the televised game, Alex loses early. He's close to greatness, but what he doesn't realize yet is that he focuses too… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"They've got to do something else with these poker movies."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Deal could use a touch of the slickness that's making the blackjack drama 21 such a greasy hit."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"An embarrassingly toothless and endlessly boring story about characters we barely get to know doing things that are more exciting than they make it seem."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"so gossamer thin that it's hard to feel strongly about it one way or the other"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Highly derivative, embarrassingly hollow."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Reynolds doesn't convey any of the lightning bolt insouciance that made him arguably the greatest movie star of the '70s and '80s (really) but rather just stands there."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"A product of the recent poker craze, this can't compare with the movie that helped launch it, John Dahl's tense Rounders."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"As a piece of entertainment, it's like being dealt a pair of twos: You could certainly do worse, but ..."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"There is so little originality here and so much faking it that it hardly justifies critical analysis."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"There is more complexity in a sub-par episode of the Teletubbies than in anything to be found in Deal"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"Success isn't in the cards for this plodding poker drama."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Deal is perhaps too briskly paced: The narrative moves along a bit too fleetingly for any genuine character development."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"It's not the cards you play but the people . . . which is why poker movies (in this case Texas Hold'em) are far more interesting than many sports movies"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"The outcome is never in question, but for fans of the game, even simulated action is preferable to perfunctory drama."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"There are plenty of movies that prove entertaining despite their familiarity; this isn't one of them."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
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