To this day, 20 years later, #Rounders remains the most iconic poker movie in history. Few other than, perhaps, the creators of “Molly’s Game,” would dispute that claim.
Damon told Simmons, a popular sports journalist, how Miramax used the @WSOP to promote the movie. And he also shared a story involving getting felted by #DoyleBrunson
“To promote that movie that year, they brought #EdwardNorton and I to the World Series of Poker,” #MattDamon said on the Bill Simmons Podcast. “It was 20-grand they were going to lose but they got all those stories out of it.”
Damon was just learning the game back then. He was certainly no Johnny Chan, who made a cameo in “Rounders,” on the felt. But he didn’t want to bust too early from the tournament. After all, he was there to promote a movie. How much attention would he get from busting an hour into the first session?
Unfortunately, for the young actor, he wasn’t able to reach his goal of making it to Day Two. But he won’t ever forget how he busted.
“Is it true you lost to Doyle Brunson, did he knock you out?” Simmons asked.
“Yeah, I had kings, he had aces,” Damon responded. “He did, which was great. I had been sitting there playing like a donkey. All I was thinking was I’ve got to last as long as I can. I can’t go out on the first session. I’ve got to get to the piss break. I wonder, can I make it to the second day because that would be a good story.”
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