June 18, 2009 - Did ya hear?
Leonardo DiCaprio is being tapped to star in a film about
online casino gambling. And I'm not just talking about any
"online casino gambling" folks. I'm talking about the online
casino gambling that is of the Costa Rican sort. At this
point, not much is known about the film other than the fact
that Leo is signed on, his production associate, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, will be producing, and Paramount Pictures
has picked up the pitch made by Brian Koppelman and
David Levien - the same screenwriting pair who penned the
movies "Ocean's Thirteen" and "Rounders".
Apparently, Koppelman and Levien know their gambling
- or at least get a kick out of it. Just as long as they
aren't the authors behind the flick "Deal" with Burt
Reynolds, and their fine with me. Okay, I just checked - they're not.
If you say the movie "Deal", you'd know what I was
talking about. My only other worry about this flick is
that it will make online casino gambling out to be some
kind of Wild Wild West. And you know what? I'm pretty
sure that's how it's
going to turn out. I mean, online gambling is pretty
exciting. But, when you're going to make a movie about
it, you're gonna need some crime-filled drama. And if
Leonardo DiCaprio is starring, chances are there's going
to be some drama.
The brief descriptions I've read so far about the
project say it is going to be about "the underground
world of Costa Rica-based online casinos". And
unfortunately, Costa Rica does indeed foster some
underground activities in the online gambling world.
The reason being is that, unlike other gaming
jurisdictions that license and regulate online casinos,
Costa Rica only licenses them. There is no ongoing
regulation or oversight. If you gamble at a Costa Rica
licensed online casino, you are basically taking your
chances that you won't get ripped off. That's gambling
in a nutshell anyways, right? And not to be unfair to
all Costa Rica-based betting sites - 'cause there
are some good one's out there backed by great
reputations and credentials - Costa Rica is simply a
likely contender for attracting shady operators.
So, while I always like to see a good movie somewhat
based in truth, I hope this flick doesn't paint the
entire online gambling industry to be a haven for
crooks and cheating online casinos. In reality, there
are plenty of online gaming destinations fully regulated
and guaranteeing a more safe and fair betting experience
than land-based regulated online casinos. With good
prospects of passing new regulatory legislation in the
U.S., the last thing the online gambling industry needs
is a movie that sheds unfavorable qualities on the
industry at large.
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