yo, Reddit! I'm Jay Rosenkrantz, the producer of BET RAISE FOLD: The Story of Online Poker, an independent documentary about the meteoric rise and sudden crash of the multibillion dollar online poker industry in the US. Our film just released on VOD platforms in North America after an initial run at self distribution through VHX!


I produced this film with Ryan Firpo, the director/editor/grand poobah of poker documentaries, and Taylor Caby, founder of the poker training site Cardrunners and the daily fantasy sports site DraftDay. The film was independently financed by a group of elite high stakes poker pros, and 1141 amazing Kickstarter backers. Danielle, Tony, and Martin - the three central pro poker players we follow in the film - are also in here for the AMA!

Between all of us, we know a lot about the poker industry, indie film, and high stakes prop bets. Also, brag: I slid down Phil Galfond's slide.

film website: http://watch.betraisefoldmovie.com

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BetRaiseFold

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/betraisefoldmovie

also, if you want to see BET RAISE FOLD in a movie theater, we're doing one more screening with Alamo Drafthouse! 12/26 in Kansas City (tickets here: http://drafthouse.com/movies/bet-raise-fold1/kansas_city)

bearded proof i'm me: https://twitter.com/DCkrantz/status/410108141762666496/photo/1

Martin proof: https://twitter.com/ALEXEIMARTOV/status/410109530878386176/photo/1

el director Ryan in the house: https://twitter.com/918FILMS/status/410128302913757184/photo/1

hi Danielle! https://twitter.com/dmoongirl/status/410128501518639106/photo/1

*edit: thanks for the great AMA! we had fun! If you liked the movie you can help us by rating/reviewing it on Amazon, iTunes, and IMDB! TY for the support, and RUN GOOD!

**we've got a long-running Ask Us Anything thread on TwoPlusTwo, if you have any more questions feel free to drop by! http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/221/bet-raise-fold-story-online-poker/ask-us-anything-about-making-bet-raise-fold-1344134/

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sickaments16 karma

Did you guys ever wake up Emil?

jfr4267 karma

on 2M2MM, the production team famously had to break down two doors of his (he won the master bedroom and it was so ballin it had two doors he could lock to keep people out) to wake him up for a shoot towards the end of filming.

we did wake him up, and he had a piece of that action - so it was a more pleasant awakening than the times we'd prank wake him by telling him all the pizzerias in NY were on strike or the house was on fire

GummyZerg9 karma

Do you think online poker will go through another boom when it is fully reintegrated in the United States? What is the biggest way that most online poker pros have maintained their way of living post Black Friday? Do you have any other docs in the works? I really enjoyed Bet Raise Fold.

jfr4267 karma

I think it would be v hard for it to "boom" (like explode out of nowhere like it did in the 2000s) again, but it will surely grow, and I'm optimistic that it will grow to be an even larger industry than before (over the long run, could take a decade or more). like Yoda says, "hard to see, the future is." totally applies to the future of online poker - there are so many known and unknown variables at play at all times

jfr4264 karma

most online poker pros left the USA to continue earning a living after Black Friday. pretty much all my close friends went to Canada or Mexico (Emil went to Finland!).

we don't have any other docs in the works - we do have some narrative stuff, though (both poker and non-poker). making BRF was an experience of both total agony and extreme ecstasy. Ryan and I took this doc on because the material was so close to home, so for us to do another doc (not out of the question) it'd probably need to be about something we care about in a deep way.

Ryan did just make a short doc film about Isaac Haxton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1_vyRK7woc

and my younger brother is directing/producing/editing a doc series about indie video games! http://indievangamejam.binarysolo.com/

dheff8 karma

what is the most absurd prop bet you've heard of? what about involved in?

do you still play high stakes or much poker at all, or is your time mainly consumed with other ventures?

alexeimartov19 karma

Hi dheff, Martin Bradstreet (Alexei Martov) here. The most insane prop bet i've heard of is the one legendary internet poker pro Ashton Griffin made with his roommate after a night of heavy partying. After being out all night, he came back in the sort of state of mind that leads a man to extremely degenerate action, low on sleep and high on life. After passing out for 4 hours, he roused his roommate and told him he wanted some action on running 70 miles in 24 hours (he was previously a college wrestler but was out of shape). Having trouble getting action on the bet (as he is known to be a sicko but also exactly the kind of person able to conquer such an insurmountable challenge) he ended up having to deal out 3-1 odds on $300,000 to get any action (eg if he did not complete the bet he would lose about a million USD). You can read the results of the story at cardplayer here i believe: http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/10718-ashton-griffin-wins-six-figures-in-ultramarathon-prop-bet .

jfr4267 karma


the most absurd prop bet I've been involved in involves Eliii Manning and sixty thousand dollars. Emil Patel (whitelime - we were on 2M2MM together and roommates in NYC for several years) and I - diehard Giants fans fresh off Super Bowl helmet catch glory - were drunkenly dinner-ing with another high stakes online poker player who did not believe Eli would ever win another Super Bowl. words were slurred and a bet was hashed out: we had Eli for career SB victories, our friend drew up a list of his top 7 QBs in the league at the time (his argument was that Eli wasn't a top 7 QB, and his list: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Tony Romo, Phillip Rivers, Drew Brees... and David Garrard) and we got to choose whoever we wanted to compete against Eli. we picked Garrard and thanks to Eliiiiiiiii Manning we're now freerolling on a $60k drunk prop bet :D

brag: I sat in front of Eli on a plane to Cabo and thanked him profusely for his first win, wishing him luck in the future. I didn't tell him about the bet, but I think this rungood is indirectly responsible for the 2012 win

2fouroffsuit7 karma

Do you think that you could persuade the Alamo Drafthouse in Denver to have a showing?

jfr4263 karma

If these three screenings (Yonkers, Austin, KC) are profitable for them, or I can show them we have a strong group of people in Denver who'd come out, it's a possibility...

SirHumphryDavy3 karma

Yo Krantz, where is the information on the one in Yonkers? I live in Queens would love to go and show my support.

jfr4262 karma

oh man, thanks for the support - it happened last week though :/

quod_erat_demonstran6 karma

Who would be in your team of poker player super heroes and who would their x-men or avengers counter parts be?

jfr4266 karma

maybe best question anyone has ever asked.

Ashton Griffin - Wolverine

Phil Galfond - Professor X

Ben "Sauce" Sulsky - Beast

Ziigmund - Thor

Dani Stern - The Incredible Hulk

Vanessa Selbst - Jean Grey

Aaron "aejones" Jones - Iron Man

Jennifer Harman - Storm

Erik Seidel - Captain America

Chris Ferguson - Gambit

not a superhero but Howard Lederer is totally Kingpin. (actually, Kingpin might have to be Ivey...)

spike965 karma

Actually, did Viffer ever find out about his pot bet bluffing tell?

jfr4268 karma

i heard he went into lockdown and wouldn't come out until he had fixed it :)

NorbitGorbit4 karma

with your experience in documentary and financing, can you get "I BET YOU" tv series back in production? phil laak craziness needs to be serialized

jfr4265 karma

if I ever run into him, I will plant the seed. should have run 6 seasons and a movie.

Ksight34 karma

Will there be any new videos on TheMicros?

jfr4261 karma

I so hope so. The major problem for us is the economics... the cost of animating those episodes is pretty big in terms of money and time. The sponsorship model worked great pre-Black Friday, but post Black Friday and the market for an animated poker show is completely different. John and I have thought about Kickstarting it, but I'm not confident we could raise enough money to do it the way we'd want to (if we come back, we want to come back full throttle, with regularly scheduled content and season long storylines... we don't want to just put up an episode or two here or there). There are a few options I've been thinking about, but they're just ideas at this point.

there's a big possibility we'll come back soon with regular comics, though. You can check out some examples of what these would look like on our Facebook page (there's a photo gallery of the ~12 comics we've done so far): https://www.facebook.com/TheMicros

WhoJedi3 karma

I love you guys.

Not so much a question as an obvious point. Loved the film, loved being a part of it and helping out.

I really don't have anything else. If anyone here hasn't seen the film yet, do so asap. It really is an incredible piece of work.

jfr4261 karma

love you too, bro! and not just because you're also named Jay. it's because the goddamn FORCE IS WITH YOU

TrueShak3 karma

why does ansky keep knocking me out of ftops!!

jfr4262 karma

pretty sure this stems from his anger issues. see 2M2MM Mach 5 snap call argument for evidence. he HULKS out when he sees your SN and smashes your soul!

theinr1ch3 karma

How much of 2M2MM was staged? It was a very entertaining show to watch.. any chances for another season?

jfr4265 karma

hmm, hard to say. all reality TV is staged to some degree. from what I understand/gleaned from the production team working on the show (they were all vets of the reality TV world, worked on shows like Amazing Race and Ghost Hunters), 2M2MM trended much closer to the documentary side of reality tv than most. that said, I often compare the experience of 2M2MM like being an actor playing myself - and I think everyone who participated would prob agree w that. the plots of each episode were set up in advance (though we'd argue vigorously with the prodco to make sure if anything was "set up for the show" it'd be something we normally might do in real life). the most staged stuff would be like the house wars vs aejones/luckychewy (situation set up for the show), or aspects of the Benyamine match (Erica Schoenberg is at the pool specifically for our scene, it's not a chance encounter), or Dani and Chewy hunting for girls for the Connect 4 Charity episode. the completely real stuff is all the poker action - our bankrolls and emotions on full display for the world!

the Tilt Room was set up for the show, too - maybe my greatest invention all time. smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer is an awesome way to de-tilt (but very wasteful!!! smashing pottery - more responsible way to fill your tilt room, ppl)

backstab5552 karma

ROSENKRANTZ - Do you still play poker as a main source of income? When you do play do you play online outside of the US or live?

jfr4265 karma

nope - i actually don't play much poker at all, outside of WSOP. i'll play in home games now and then but it's mostly a social thing. was thinking about making an extended trip to Montreal to visit Martin, hear him play music and grind online next year... i miss playing online poker a TON. what's more fun than stacking n00bs with AA

ChipChase10 karma

Check-raising stupid fucking tourists?

jfr4266 karma

Stacks and towers of checks I can't even see over!!!

persianduck2 karma

Are there a lot or any poker teams? I know there are players that are sponsored by sites i.e. Pokerstars, 888, Ultimate Poker, etc. But are there teams that play/train/split profits together? If not do you think forming teams of "elite" poker players would be advantageous to the game and it's popularity? If so, would you like to be on my team? A name is in the works, but I'm open to ideas.

alexeimartov1 karma

Given that Jay's poker training site, "Deuces Cracked" ( http://www.deucescracked.com ), actually make Duck merchandise ( http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/1399/dsc01035w.jpg ), and your username is PERSIANDUCK i think you guys should form the first poker supergroup and call yourselves "THE MIGHTY DUCKS".

jfr4261 karma

those ducks are collectors items!!!

OMG_Popcorn2 karma

First off, great movie! It was well worth the wait. My question is this, what is the craziest, most extravagant thing you purchased with your poker winnings?

jfr4263 karma

Thank you! whitelime reminds me of a night in NYC at a club called Arena (who knows if this place still exists), where we went heads up against NYG running back Brandon Jacobs in a bottle-buying war. the bottles came equipped with sexy bottle babes and sparklers. we lost the bottle war to BJ (in hindsight i think we lost the battle, too - huuuge tab)

rfirpo1 karma

I assume this question was targeted at Jay or Tony/Danielle/Martin, but the most extravagant thing I ever purchased was an $800 couch. Still had the wrapper on it and everything.

jfr4262 karma

where'd you get $800?

maxlober2 karma

Hey Krantz!

What advice would you have for an online player from the us that plays on bovada to move up the stakes. Currently grinding double-up sit n gos and crushing ?

jfr4262 karma

Play tons of poker, think about it with a truly open mind and engage in critical discussion of poker with tons of players of all skill levels. Tenacity and fearlessness are your words to live by (and maybe "breathe," for when you're tilting).

I really love this post about training and practice. If you want to move up and become better, work hard and work smart: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/101/coaching-advice/systematic-training-drills-nlhe-1107105/

Borax2 karma

Do you think bitcoin will change the future of online gambling?

jfr4263 karma

i'm still trying to wrap my head around bitcoin... i have these handy videos bookmarked to watch as soon as i get some free time! https://www.khanacademy.org/economics-finance-domain/core-finance/money-and-banking/bitcoin/v/bitcoin-what-is-it


GrdnGekko1 karma

Hi, Jay. Great movie, really enjoyed it.

What are your plans for the next 1-5 years?

jfr4262 karma

Thanks! My plans are really to throw myself into writing and producing with the same focus and intensity that I gave to poker during my early 20s. I'd like to write and publish some books (fiction, nonfiction, poker, nonpoker), write and produce more movies, TV, games... I'm inspired by artists like Joss Whedon, Ray Bradbury, Hayao Miyazaki, Bill Watterson... entrepreneurs like Tim League, Burnie Burns and Felicia Day and the folks at VHX and Pixar and Valve... Basically, I want to build a career in popular entertainment, telling smart, resonant stories to larger and larger audiences. And I want to work with the best people I can while I do this.

I also plan to win the WSOP Main Event, but that could take 6-7 years because you gotta get lucky!

backstab5551 karma

In the home game you had on 2m2mm, did Andrew robl ever tell you what his other card was? He showed you a jack he hit on the river..

jfr4263 karma

he didn't - I tried to get it out of him, but he wouldn't say. based on what I know of him i'm 95% sure it was a good fold (5% he made a sick bluff and is so buddha he doesn't need to brag or show it on TV)

Pokervince1 karma

Great film! Any new films or ideas in the works?

rfirpo2 karma

Jay and I are currently developing a scripted comedic mini-series about two best friends who go through the online poker boom together. The story would begin in 2003 and end in 2013, and you'd see how the online poker boom impacts and changes their friendship. We're not yet sure exactly how we'd do this and where/how we'd release it, but I'm pretty excited about the possibility. Hopefully, we'll have more info in early 2014.

I also have some other poker and non-poker related projects in the works. If there are any LA-based managers/agents out there reading this, I'm currently looking for representation!

jfr4261 karma

don't forget the first kung fu poker comedy!

VertRamp1 karma

Just rewatched 2M2MM a few weeks back...LOL at Jay's roller skating penalty stunt.

Question about the doc...how did you decide on profiling Dunst, Alexei and Danielle? Who else was a finalist to be featured?

jfr4261 karma

still got those roller skates!

thew921 karma

Jay,The Texas Legislator will go back in to session in Jan of 2015. I expect that there will be hearing for both live and online poker. Since your living in the Austin would you be willing to testify at the State Capitol in Austin in front of the Texas State Legislator to help bring poker to Texas.

jfr4261 karma

I love comedy but have 0 appetite for politics. I don't believe I could say anything that would be more helpful than what we've said in making Bet Raise Fold, and I don't believe that anything but money will help bring poker to Texas :)

JamWithAir1 karma

Hi Jay!

I first became a fan of yours after watching 2M2MM. Make season 2! Also, I backed Bet Raise Fold on kickstarter, I feel like you are obligated to respond to my question.

How often do you play live/online (hours per week/month or whatever)? What stakes?

Also, you guys toss money around like toilet paper. Send me a couple grand so i can make a tilt/lockdown room and go pro

jfr4263 karma

Thanks, man! If you surf through some of the other posts in this thread you can read some more, but since Black Friday I don't play much poker live or online. If there were legal online poker in my state right now, I'd probably dabble in small and mid stakes and try to build up a bankroll playing NLHE/PLO cash (shorthanded and heads up) and the occasional tournament!

2M2MM was in 2009, 4+ years later and all that toilet paper is more valuable to everybody :)

t0fu19921 karma

As poker players, do you feel like you've lost an appreciation for money?

Whats the most over-the-top thing you've purchased?

Who do you think is the most overrated poker player nowadays?

jfr4261 karma

I definitely lost any conception of the value of the dollar during the height of the online poker boom. Post Black Friday, 3 years later, I feel like I have a much healthier and more reasonable relationship with money. I think any serious poker player has to divorce himself from the value of money in order to risk it with complete and utter disregard for anything but the expected value of the play.

If I had to answer the overrated question... for the most part the idea of underrated or overrated players is worthless, variance is a way bigger factor than anyone understands... the only person who can truly and accurately "rate" a poker player's skill is the player themselves!

MerkinMonkey1 karma

Are you still friends with the cast from 2M2MM and do you and any of them still rent a house in Vegas for the summer?

Also I was one of the many backers on Kickstarter for BRF. How tedious was it putting everyone's name in the credits?

jfr4262 karma

We are great friends! I actually lived with Emil and Brian in a house this summer while I was out at the WSOP premiering BRF. We worked out a ton (Brian is REALLY into Olympic weightlifting these days) and watched lots of movies. There was a movie theater room in the house and those guys have eclectic wide ranging tastes in film so it was really fun. One of our favorites was this Norwegian crime thriller/black comedy called Headhunters: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1614989/?ref_=tt_rec_tt

Dani, Brian and Emil lived together in Toronto for awhile post Black Friday but now Dani has a serious girlfriend, a dog and a cat and they're all living in different countries (well, Dani and Brian live near each other in Mexico but Emil's in Finland)

rfirpo1 karma

Very tedious, but well well worth it. Thanks so much for supporting the project!

jfr4262 karma

yes, huge thank you for backing us!

sclvt1 karma

Jay, I asked you on twitter during the months leading up to the release about selling autographed pictures of some online pros in the movie on kickstarter to raise money. You replied saying it was a good idea and you'd look into it. I was thrilled, but become really bummed when I saw that the signed movie poster costs $200. I wish I could afford it, but I just can't. I graduate from university in a week and still don't have a job offer, so this is above my price range. Since you have 18/20 left, is there a chance of a price drop for them in the future?

jfr4262 karma

we actually only managed to get about 5-7 signed posters total and ran out! but email me your info at [email protected] and i will see if we can find some way to get you something cool! (i remember your tweets!)

sillygoose99871 karma

Hi Krantz,

I want to first thank you for establishing an amazing training site in DC. It has helped my game immensely. For the questions: would you consider yourself more of a filmmaker or poker player at this point? In a podcast slowhabit noted poker helped his entrepeneurship immensely and vice versa. Do you see any similar parallels b/t poker and film-making?

jfr4261 karma

Thanks! I'll always consider myself a poker player, but in terms of profession I suppose I'm trending towards the filmmaker side of the coin. But all of the creative work I do will be influenced by the unique way I see the world - a viewpoint heavily influenced by poker. It's an insanely beautiful game: a complex blend of strategy, tactics and human emotion. Being a poker player isn't a profession to me, it's something I can't help... at this point it's part of the fabric of my identity.

I don't think we would have ended up with a movie this good (or maybe not a movie at all!) if Taylor and I didn't bring our backgrounds in poker and entrepreneurship to bear to make as many +EV decisions as we possibly could over the entirety of the project. In a lot of ways filmmaking is an entrepreneurial pursuit, in a lot of ways producing a movie is like multitabling high stakes online poker. You're juggling tons of variables, managing human relationships, analyzing risk, making high pressure decisions...

I talk a lot about this stuff in this podcast with Jared Tendler: http://www.mentalgamefish.com/mental-game-of-poker-podcast-with-jay-rosenkrantz/

tbird241 karma

Probably too late but I'll give it a shot anyway.

Krantz, and the others still in the US, obviously you can't play online anymore. Do you still study? I can't get myself to study when I know I can't play, and I can feel all of my skill and knowledge slowly dissipating into a black abyss. It's very frustrating. The few times a year I get to play live I'm angry at my play and sad that I'm losing it.

Any words of advice here?

jfr4261 karma

I tried to/try to study and it felt like pulling teeth. I became interested in applications of game theory for a few months and the challenge of reeducating myself in basic maths was interesting... but even then I didn't feel as energized or excited about thinking about poker as I did when I was able to play and compete consistently. I decided recently that I'd just take a break until I was able to play consistently again (I have been thinking about a trip to NJ or out of the country to grind for a bit, but it's just an idea right now).

My advice for you is kind of my advice to myself, as I've felt exactly the same way... I think poker's a long run game, and it's way more important to maintain a healthy relationship with poker at any given point than it is to feel anger and sadness at that relationship. I guess I've kind of accepted that I'm going to lose a step, and I'm not going to be able to compete at the levels and pace that I'm used to for a bit... but if I can still manage to nurture my love for the game in other ways, and find ways to enjoy it the times that I do play, I'm going to be much better off in the long run when I can play online again... I'll have much more fun learning/studying again when that day comes.

I'm tired so this is kind of rambly and I'm just talking some of this out loud for the first time, but I hope this helps a bit. Post Black Friday I've done a lot of reevaluating my relationship with poker and the expectations I have of it and it's done a lot to reverse feelings of anger, sadness and frustration at the US situation (and at the game in general).

marcuspoker1 karma

Hey all, what are your thoughts on regulated poker, putting Delaware politely to one side, is there half a chance of it being successful in New Jersey, without interstate compacts? By successful, I probably mean will we see guy n girls like you in that state playing for a living? Will there be the liquidity to sustain a more than a handful of full timers?

jfr4261 karma

I think it will be successful but it will not explode overnight, it will take time and nurturing like any good crop... growing the igaming business in NJ, the companies' priorities are not necessarily directly in line with catering to guys/gals like us who want to play for a living. So I don't think you'll see many full timers playing exclusively on NJ sites. See Joe Tall's post in this thread for more insight into this, it's pretty good!

sira_ulo1 karma

If there was one online opponent you guys could meet/ interview (who you havent already), who would it be? Mine is 'babayaro' he played hu plo 25/50 on FT. Funnly enough martin 'magicninja'. played him. Ya he took me for a bit

Good work with the movie btw. I purchased it so you have to answer ;-). Peace

jfr4261 karma

gotta be urubu111, crazy Brazilian with a ton of gambool in him! you can always find him doing PLO flips for large sums of $

mattgood91 karma

Do you see the games remaining as reg-infested and hard as they are now? Is there a point where everything about NLHE is basically known and therefore the skill level of most pros will be capped?

jfr4262 karma

Not if the sites figure out how to bring in more casual players - a priority for their businesses as the US market legalizes and the global market matures. Hard to say what the games could look like in 5 years... I think there will be fewer pros/regs. Also think NLHE will always be the most popular game even though basic strategy is pretty well known to anyone who wants to put in the time.

soestrada1 karma

I'd like to ask a question to all of you, if at all possible.

I really enjoyed the movie and showed it to my family. But their reaction across the board was: "But they only portray people who win in the game!". What do you think of this reaction? Isn't portraying mostly the pros or winning player missing a big slice of what online poker is.

Thanks, and keep it up!

jfr4262 karma

We were originally interested in finding a losing player... posting what Ryan posted earlier about this: "Yes, we were planning to follow someone exactly like that. However, we found it more challenging than we expected to find a compelling, losing player who was willing to go on camera. For example, I spoke briefly with grimstarr (online poker veterans will know who this is) about appearing in the film, but there were too many complications involved." After Black Friday it became pretty much impossible for us to add another character, winner or loser.

We also felt like the downsides of poker had already been given a lot of treatment in the cultural representation of the game... but nothing had been done to authentically show the lives of modern professional poker players during the poker boom. Still, we did have many conversations about the losers, about the pros who are staked, etc... what we should or could convey about that aspect of the game... ultimately we decided we needed to stick to our core characters (especially after Black Friday) and their experiences. We did make an effort to explore the psychological consequences of losing as a professional, and the risks that you take on when you do play this game for a living... hopefully that sequence in the last third of the film can show that even the winners are losers, and they lose often!

Basically, a lot of the energy for this project's conception was to showcase what it was like to be an online pro player, and dispel misconceptions that the public has about poker and online poker. To show the injustice done to the industry as a result of the UIGEA... to show what caused the boom... historical events like this, put into context in a digestible way. That was the driving motivation in making the film and selecting Danielle, Tony and Martin - and after Black Friday, their stories were all that mattered to this particular film. Hope this sheds some light on our thinking.

WhatsNexxxt1 karma

I am curious on roughly how sales are going? How did you choose how to distribute the film. Really enjoyed the film.

jfr4261 karma

Direct sales through VHX were great. Not tens of thousands of people but very strong for an independent documentary. The decision to distribute the film through a combination of Kickstarter, VHX and Tugg (skipping film festivals in favor of debuting at the 2013 World Series of Poker) was made mostly as a result of talking to other filmmakers, studying the success of Indie Game: The Movie (http://www.indiegamethemovie.com/news/2012/10/31/indie-game-the-movie-the-case-study.html) and reading Think Outside the Box Office (http://www.amazon.com/Think-Outside-Box-Office-Distribution/dp/098257620X)

If we could go back and do it again I don't think we would have done much differently. The biggest change I'd have made to our strategy would have been to organize a ~6 city Tugg tour of the film to build hype before the online release, and to incorporate Kickstarter earlier in the production (it would have been really fun and cathartic to share the ups and downs of the whole production process with backers!)

slutsmasher221 karma

Krantz, in a deucescracked video where you commentated with ariel about his match against tie53, bit of a famous hand.

Q67hh-Tss, Tie53 check raises a committing size on the turn. we fold Q6

do you still think this was a close fold with Q6 or do you appreciate now that it was probably wrong

love you guys

jfr4261 karma

Don't recall the specifics of that hand but I think past Jay/past Ariel were probably right and no one, not even me from the future, would know better than them :)

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jfr4263 karma

games of NFL Blitz, trick pool shots, what LuckyChewy thinks the distance from the Earth to the sun is, whether [name redacted] can get those strippers to come ride the inflatable dolphin, over/under of how long they can ride it for before falling in pool... countless thousands have been won and lost on these diabolical problems

MattDaBeast1 karma

Jay, your advice has been good so far as you recommended me to Film Critic Hulk and that dude is amazing so I thought I'd try my luck again.

I am professional poker player who is in college with my eyes on film. I think I would love to do documentaries, even though I'm aware I wouldn't make much money.

I'm sure you learned so much throughout the course of making the film, so if you could go back to give yourself advice from when you just started BRF, what would you say?

I loved BRF by the way and my dad liked it too. It helped him understand "my world" a little better.

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Thanks! It's awesome to hear about friends/family enjoying the movie. I'm heading out to host this theatrical screening in Austin but I will get back to you on your question tonight.

OK, I'm back. I'm glad you love FCH because my first bit of advice is to read the ebook he just released: http://www.amazon.com/Screenwriting-101-Film-Crit-Hulk-ebook/dp/B00H0NQE7S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386266085&sr=8-1&keywords=film+crit+hulk

That book's a philosophy for how to work hard and work smart at becoming a storyteller. It's fking awesome. I'd also recommend this one: http://www.amazon.com/Think-Outside-Box-Office-Distribution/dp/098257620X

Watch tons of documentaries (and rewatch the ones you like). Think really critically about why you like what you like about them, and read reviews of them to see what critics see in their strengths and weaknesses. You really have to analyze movies like you would hands of poker. Then you want to immerse yourself in the industry, too. Read filmmaking blogs and follow filmmakers and critics you like on Twitter, and get involved in the cinematic conversation. Take the lessons you've applied to improving at poker and apply them towards film. Look at documentaries and follow their production and distribution strategies all the way from their Kickstarter to their theatrical and VOD runs. Ask tons of questions of the filmmakers (filmmakers love hearing from fans and are generally very open and helpful if you ask good questions).

You gotta learn the language of filmmaking, and you gotta experiment (in poker terms, you can't just study - you hafta play hands!). So try to make a little short documentary about something (this is what we did - FROM BUSTO TO ROBUSTO ended up being essential practice in learning to make something as big as BRF) and take it all the way through from preproduction to marketing and distribution, even if it's just on the tiniest scale.

Hope that helps a bit, feel free to reach out on Twitter if you ever have any other questions (I'm @dckrantz). GLGL