WPT Commentator Releases Prop Bet Movie “7 Days to Vegas”
The global poker community is always interested in poker themed movies.
They should enjoy the new prop bet comedy film “7 Days to Vegas” which was put together by World Poker Tour (WPT) commentator Vince Van Patten.
7 Days to Vegas premiered at Eclipse Theatre in downtown Las Vegas with some of poker’s most prominent names in attendance, including 15-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, 4-time WSOP champ Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, PokerGO commentator Ali Nejad, poker tournament director Matt Savage and the WPT’s Adam Pliska, Tony Dunst and Mike Sexton.
Van Patten plays lead character in the movie which he wrote alongside Steve Alper. His wife, actress Eileen Davidson and brother James Van Patten are also among the cast.
The World of Prop Betting
Van Patten, who is popular as the lead star of the movies Hell Night and The Break, said he wanted to portray gambling in a different light, away from the usual dark environment associated with it. The new film highlights the joy and fun in the world of gambling, and the interesting people in it. More importantly, 7 Days to Vegas gives an authentic insight into the hilarious world of prop betting.
Van Patten, a long-time WPT commentator, plays Duke Madson, a washed-up actor who became a Hollywood home game organizer. The story’s climax involves Duke agreeing to a hilarious challenge as part of an escalating rivalry with a successful director named Sebastian.
With millions on the line, Duke embarked on a 7-day “walking” journey from his home in Los Angeles to Las Vegas, wearing a suit.
While the film touches on the game of poker, it’s not necessarily entirely based on Van Patten’s story. It moves away from the themes portrayed in popular gambling movies like “Rounders” or The Cincinnati Kid“, where the story focuses on a promising grinder. Instead of revolving around poker, 7 Days to Vegas places the spotlight on the hilarious prop bets and the craziness of the characters, said Van Patten.
Hilarious & Entertaining
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, gave the movie an almost perfect score (three out of four stars), saying you don’t need to have full knowledge of prop betting to understand what the movie is all about. The film lightens up the often dark world of gambling.
During the premier, Van Patten hinted that close to half the movie was based on true-to-life events. The film was released on September 24 and is now available for rent or purchase on Amazon, iTunes and Vudu.