The ‘Bet Raise Fold’ Success

June 6, 2013

The team of the soon to be released documentary, Bet Raise Fold, has achieved in almost a blink of an eye, its goal for their fund drive program on Kickstarter.com. The fund raising target of $20,000 was reached within 24 hours of the launch of the program. The money collected through this drive is to be used for paying the license fees of the music and the video that has been used in the movie, for paying contractors and for renting a booth in the Poker capital, Las Vegas, where clips from the film will be played on a mounted television.

According to one of the makers of the film, Jay Rosenkrantz, these funds will be utilized towards the distribution of the film which the team wants to go well beyond the Poker playing community. The ultimate aim of the drive is to put across the true story of Poker, in front of as large an audience as possible.

A documentary on the online poker industry in the US

The documentary aims at telling the Poker rise and fall story from the angle of the Poker players themselves. It claims to throw light on the evolution of the online Poker community, the culture followed in the poker community and the effects of the Black Friday on the lives of poker players all around the United States. This film tells the story of how the American dream was imbibed in the basic essence of this game, how the risk takers were dedicatedly chasing their dream, when suddenly the dream itself was snatched away.

One of the most important aims of the film is to break the misconceptions about Poker, and to let people know the truth about Poker players, their culture, and strategies. The documentary wishes to explain the various events that lead to the fall of the industry, and some true aftermaths and effects of it.

Black Friday – a dark period of the online poker industry in the US

April 15th, 2011 is termed as ‘Black Friday’ in the history of the Online Poker community. The US Justice Department, on this day, seized and shut down the three most popular websites of online Poker. The department also went ahead to seize the ‘.com’ internet addresses of the three gaming sites, putting up a takedown notice for each. As a result, these websites stopped offering real money play to their United States customers. The above stated happenings were a result of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which came into existence in 2006, just three years after the Poker boom. Most players quit or resorted to live gaming as an option.

The goals of the documentary

The ‘Bet Raise Fold’ team is absolutely spellbound at the huge and almost instantaneous success of their fund raising program at Kickstarter. The team informed that it needed funds to focus on a large scale distribution of the film. The fund raising drive was started on Friday, 31st May, and the very next day evening, the generated funds had crossed the target amount. By the end of Saturday, the team had received a whopping $22,665, with 26 days still remaining for the drive to end.

The makers of the movie are overjoyed at such a quick and huge support shown by people from across the globe. The team thanked the supporters and revealed that they are thinking of a plan to implement ‘stretch goals’ since the initial amount has already been raised. Now their only dream is to take this so-called true story to as many people as possible. One of the filmmakers, Jay Rosenkrantz, who is also a well-known poker player, informed that the team plans to use extra collections to expand further, the reach of this film.

The basic idea behind the documentary is to let people have a bird’s eye view of the Online Poker industry. The goal is to create awareness amongst people about the Online Poker world, about its influence on the lives of many, and how a lot of people had dreamed of making a fortune out of it. The documentary tries to assimilate and present every possible detail about the Online Poker industry.

The film begins by showcasing the boom of Online Poker, followed by its downfall and ultimately finishing up with illustrations and analysis of the history and the resulting effects of the Black Friday. The film is to be screened for the media and poker community, at Las Vegas on 12th of June. Here, the producers too will be present to chat about the film with passersby. The worldwide release will happen digitally, through online distribution by VHX.tv, which is an online content distribution channel. Kickstarter, which has given an immense boost to the fund raising drive, has surely given a huge morale boost to the makers too. This is because the amount of funds generated is closely and directly linked to the support of the people in general, which is exactly what the film wishes to garner.