Movie Review: For Love or Money? A Poker Documentary

January 14th, 2021

Details from IMDB:

For Love or Money? A Poker Documentary (2019)

An inside look as two professional poker players, Chris Leong and Stanley Lee, attempt to win poker's most coveted prize... a World Series of Poker bracelet. Appearances include players ... See full summary »


 Michael Bailey

Initial Thoughts:

It's going to be a long winter, I've heard that a lot the past few weeks. Most people who live somewhere where it snows usually feel that way but I think this year with the inability to travel (due to the pandemic of course) it's even more keenly felt. So I've decided to watch more documentaries and more shows about poker. I love poker (even though I've never won much money at it) and with this being just over an hour long, I decided to watch it.

Main Points:

I'm not sure why this only got 6 out of 10. I found it interesting and fairly well done. I think it will only interest you if you play poker/are a fan of it, otherwise it will probably be at least a little dull.

I think they show that you need to be a special kind of person to play and succeed at playing poker, most people just aren't cut out for it. Using myself as an example I know I'll never be a pro, my only hope is to be a little better as an amateur player. 

I liked how they showed the different approaches people had to the game and the unique stresses it presents. Most of us aren't willing to (at least potentially) risk every cent we have on a game of chance (and yes I know poker does involve skill but there is still always luck as well).

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed this movie and would recommend it to any poker player who wants to learn about the game. Still there isn't much depth here and you won't even recognize most of the pros here, so I give it 7 out of 10. While I don't think a child would enjoy this, I don't see any harm in letting children see it, provided their parent/guardian has no qualms about them learning about gambling.