I Raise You and Pass the SugarPublished August 6, 2008 by OCR Editor
Hollywood hasn't produced a decent movie about poker since 'Rounders' in 1998, is gearing up to giving it another shot.
Hollywood director Gil Cates Jr. is working on a documentary film about the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) which will be titled 'Pass the Sugar.'
The 2005 WSOP was won by Joe Hachem, a Lebanese poker player who moved to Australia and famously shouted 'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie' at the top of his lungs when he won the crown.
The 2005 WSOP made its mark in poker history. The conclusion of the Main Event on July 15 marked the close of play, and the largest prize in sports and/or television history at the time, $7,500,000, was awarded to the winner.
There were 5,619 entrants to the main event. Each paid $10,000 to enter what was the largest poker tournament ever played in a brick and mortar casino at the time.
Cates is having a poker run with another feature film about poker titled 'Deal' released earlier this year. 'Deal' bombed at the box office.
'Pass the Sugar' will be Cates' sixth directorial effort in film. Cates is the son of film producer Gil Cates Sr. and the brother of actress Phoebe Cates.
'Pass the Sugar' is being produced by Tony Hachem, a pro poker player and the brother of Joe Hachem and Caitlin Murney, and is being financed by an Australia production company called Stack Exchange.
Big shoes to fill
Coming only a few years after 'Casino Royale', the blockbuster James Bond movie which features a game of Texas Hold'em Poker where Bond and his rival, Le Chiffre, battle it out head to head at the poker table, Pass the Sugar will have to be good.
'Casino Royale' contained two nail-biting sequences, the car chase and the Hold'em Poker game, a period update of the original game of Baccarat.
After calls of 'all-in' by a total of four players at the table, Le Chiffre's hand is the superior, up until Bond reveals his. Le Chiffre's holds a Full House of Aces and Sixes and it seems to be the best hand. Then Bond reveals that he has Le Chiffre beaten with a straight flush! Bond's 4-5-6-7-8 in Spades finishes Le Chiffre and wins Bond a cool $120 million.