Daniel Negreanu’s documentary, KidPoker, has just been added to Netflix’s library which means it can now be seen by almost 80 million people.
The 89-minute documentary, which was directed by Francine Watson and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in December 2015, charts Negreanu’s rise from obscurity to the top of the poker world.
Offering viewers a candid look at his early days as novice to his first WSOP bracelet win at the age of 23, the documentary is as educational for seasoned players as it is an entertaining for the general public.
In fact, beyond the inevitable ego boost a movie about your life can bring, KidPoker should help inspire a new generation of grinders.
Thanks to Netflix’s global database, millions of viewers in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand will now be able to see what the poker world is really like.
This window into an otherwise mysterious world, coupled with Negreanu’s natural charisma, should but just the push some novices need to ante-up for the first time.
While KidPoker could certainly help inspire a mini poker boom, the real question for poker fans is whether or not it’s a good watch?
According to the 16 people who have registered their opinion on movie database IMDb, KidPoker is above average with 8.5 out of 10.
Beyond the critics on IMDb, players and industry insiders all seem to be buzzing about the movie.
WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage tweeted that he “really enjoyed it” but wishes he could have added some stories of his own while the Aria’s Poker Supervisor Chris Lose called is a “must see” documentary for every poker player.
With the poker community and general public all seemingly in favor of the documentary, it poses the question of how many more could be made.
Negreanu is undoubtedly the biggest crossover star in the poker world, but there are plenty of colorful characters who easily star in a compelling documentary.
Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson and even someone as unpredictable as Mike Matusow are just three examples of poker players who could entertain the masses on the silver screen.
For now, however, it’s Negreanu’s time to shine in the spotlight as he carries the torch for the poker community into the mainstream.
To check out the trailer for KidPoker check out the video below and then let us know what you think in the comments section.