Richard Roeper is a well-known writer and film critic who has often expressed his love of poker and gambling through his writing. As the author of “Bet the House: How I Gambled Over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance,” it seemed a natural fit that the crew at Poker Night in America (PNIA) would invite Roeper to participate in its high stakes cash game in front of the cameras.
The 54-year-old fim critic and avid poker player was on hand for PNIA’s most recent filming at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. The cameras stopped rolling for that event a few days ago and fans of movies that pertain to poker will be happy to know that Roeper was part of a shoot entitled “Poker Night at the Movies” that will be aired at a later date.
Roeper was joined by Jennifer Tilly and Phil Laak in discussing famous scenes in movies that centered around poker. The trio were shown various poker scenes and then engaged in discussions focused on the cinematic merits of the scenes shown.
The Poker Night at the Movies segment will be broadcast at PNIA on an as yet unannounced future date. For those unaware, Poker Night in America can be seen on the CBS Sports Network every Sunday evening at least until the end of 2014.
Roeper is no slouch when it comes to playing poker. Though much of his time is spent in dark movie theaters, his resume does include a 24th place finish in $3,000 NLHE at the WSOP in 2013 that was good for $7,384. The previous year, fellow players likely gave him a thumbs up when he final tabled a $1,080 buy-in event, finishing in 5th place for $3,594.