Top 5 Actors Who Could Play Phil Ivey in Edge Sorting Movie10 months ago
There must be barely anybody in the poker community that isn’t familiar with the Phil Ivey edge sorting scandal.
The all-time poker great took casinos around the world for tens of millions of dollars and then landed in hot water as he was dragged through the legal system in more than one country.
The net result was that the court took an unfavourable view and ordered Ivey to pay back his ill-gotten gains.
The scandal caused so many ripples throughout the gambling world that now a movie has been announced to tell the story.
But just who are the most suitable actors to play the role of one of the greatest card players of all-time? Here are our choices.
The slick British actor Idris ELba has had a successful career on boths sides of the Atlantic. Starring in The Wire and Brit cop show Luther, his image is perfect for a man used to high society.
Elba is also being tipped as the next James Bond, which tells you just how highly he is thought of in the acting world.
Don Cheadle is a Hollywood star with multiple Golden Globe awards. While more than a decade older than Ivey, he is a keen poker player as well as being amongst the best in his craft.
He even appeared on the much loved Poker After Dark 11 years ago, but currently has no live tournament cashes to his name.
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan is a rising star in the acting world. Starting his career in the legendary Sopranos, he has gone on to win numerous awards and appeared in the recent blockbuster Black Panther.
Ten years younger than Ivey, he exudes confidence on-screen and doesn’t look so dissimilar. A perfect choice, and no doubt one that Ivey would be happy with.
Anthony Mackie is another great choice to play Phil Ivey. Almost identical age and another superstar riding the crest of a wave in his acting career.
He rose to stardom 11 years ago in the war thriller Hurt Locker. Playing Sergeant J. T. Sanborn, Mackie was nominated for multiple awards for his performance and took his career to another level.
The only thing likely to prevent him from taking on a role such as this is that he looks to be plain too busy with blockbuster after blockbuster.
Donald Glover is the most versatile of our suggestions. Acting, comedy, writing, and even music.
He doesn’t have the most extensive filmography but has appeared in Spider-Man and Stars Wars movies, showing that he is more than capable of the job.
Glover would be our outside bet to land the role.
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