DIRECTOR: MIKE WEEKS
VISITING ARTIST—Poker was once a blue-collar game played in smoky backrooms over beer-soaked green felt tables, until an online poker player from Tennessee shocked the world by winning $2.5 million at the 2003 World Series of Poker. The truth behind the hype is that there is a dark side to this game, one you won’t see on ESPN. First-time filmmaker (and Portland resident) Mike Weeks examines the highs and lows of online poker from two very different perspectives: that of Dusty Schmidt, an amateur golfer turned professional online poker player who has earned four million dollars at the sport to date and is considered among the world’s elite players, and that of Michael Korpi, Jr., a star athlete and talented musician whose weakness for online poker derailed his life. (77 mins.)
Director Mike Weeks will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A session.
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