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World Poker Tour to Hit the Big Screen

Movie Being Filmed Will Use WPT as a Set


Jerry McGuire got permission from the NFL to make its movie more realistic. Jimmy Fallon rooted for the real Red Sox in the movie Fever Pitch and Major League has the New York Yankees play the thorn in the side of the hapless Cleveland Indians.

And now the World Poker Tour will soon take its turn as a literary device in Deal, a movie staring Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning, and Bret Harrison. Right after the WPT World Championship at the Bellagio ends April 24, the WPT set will be loaded onto a truck and shipped to New Orleans where Deal is being filmed.

WPT's Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten, and Courtney Friel will play themselves. The film's conclusion takes place at a fictional WPT Championship event.

Produced by Michael Arata and Louisiana-based Crescent City Pictures, Deal, directed by Gil Cates Jr., tells the story of an ex-gambler played by Reynolds who teaches a hotshot college student how to be a great player. Harrison, who stars as the college student and online wiz, is the star of Fox Network's comedy The Loop.