Poker Hits The Box Office In The Crazy Rich Asians
With over $100 million in the global box office, The Crazy Rich Asians has taken the world by storm. This contemporary romantic comedy, based on the global best seller by Kevin Kwan, follows the life of native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu) doesn’t realize her boyfriend Nick’s family is so wealthy up until she visits them in Singapore. The movie follows Rachel as she works her way into her mother-in-law’s heart to win her approval.
Card-playing moviegoers might be surprised that some elements of poker play a role in the new film. After all, fun must include a little bit of poker. The audience first meet Rachel as a professor of economics and game theory. She is seen in a poker game as a part of one of her lectures on game theory. The scene then unfurls to her facing a player with two pair. Rachel moves all in and forces the player to fold. “The key is playing to win, instead of trying not to lose” advises the wise Rachel.
Game theory, an integral part of poker focuses on the use of mathematical models of strategic interaction between two decision makers. Several professional poker players are now using game theory in their games and finding it useful.