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Johnny Chan says “Poker King” Movie Could Be Bigger than “Rounders”

johnny-chanThe 1998 film “Rounders”, which starred Matt Damon and Edward Norton, is quite possibly the biggest poker movie of all-time.  But poker legend Johnny Chan, who had a guest starring role in Rounders, believes that the new Chinese-language movie entitled “Poker King” could be an even bigger hit than Rounders.

Chan was quoted as saying, “Poker King has the potential to be much, much bigger than Rounders ever was.”  Chan continued his reasoning on why Poker King could be a bigger hit by stating, “Say there are over one billion Chinese speaking people in the world, and compare this to the US and its 300 million people and you can see that this could be huge.  Rounders gave poker a new lease of life in the western world and this could kick start a new poker boom in Asia.”

Poker King is set to be filmed at the Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival which is held at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino.  Chan, who is originally from China, is hoping to land a spot in the new movie which includes some of China’s biggest film stars.  Sean Lau Chin-Wan, Louis Koo, Stephy Tang, Josie Ho, and Cherrie In are some of the big name Chinese actors who will be appearing in Poker King.

Regardless of whether or not Chan ends up in Poker King, he will still fondly remember his Rounders days as he said, “I had a fantastic time filming Rounders back in the 90’s.”  He went on about his involvement by mentioning, “A big part of my involvement was behind the scenes where I helped teach Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Malkovich how to play poker. I also played myself in the film and to this day it gives me recognition in the mainstream outside of poker circles.”  Chan will be hoping for a similar role when Poker King starts filming next week.