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A Big Hand for the Little Lady

by Michael Wiesenberg |  Published: Sep 19, 2012

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The folks who write the screenplays for movies in which poker plays a large part have some strange ideas about what goes on in poker games. In trying to make their creations entertaining, they often completely misrepresent the game, creating situations that cannot happen. A popular movie from 1966 that you can get from Amazon and eBay exemplifies this nonsense. The movie, A Big Hand for the Little Lady, is fun, and you can enjoy it with a huge suspension of disbelief. Unfortunately for poker players, the premise you have to swallow is vastly annoying, and ruins the whole movie. This is a shame, because the film features fine performances from Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Burgess Meredith, Joanne Woodward, and Charles Bickford. The premise is a common misconception writers seem to have about poker in the Old West. That is that if any one player ever made a bet that ...


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