Drawing Dead is a documentary film about the highs and lows of online poker from two very different perspectives: a professional poker player worth millions, and a gambling addict.

Drawing Dead: The Highs and Lows of Online Poker

Documentary | 2013


Dusty Schmidt, Michael Korpi, Jr.


Michael Korpi Jr. had it all. Straight A’s, star athlete, talented musician, but his weakness for online poker derailed his life. Dusty Schmidt was once known as one of the top amateur golfers in Southern California before a heart attack at age 23 took him off the golf course, and put him in front of a computer screen. Four million dollars later, he is regarded as one of the worlds best online poker players. Poker was once a blue collar game played in smokey back rooms over beer soaked green felt tables, until a chubby accountant from Tennessee shocked the world by turning a $39 buy in on an online poker site, into a $2.5 million dollar first prize at the 2003 World Series of Poker. Over the next few years the entire world learned the game of No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em. I you watched the poker boom on TV like the rest of us, it seemed like everyone was getting rich. Some were, but the fundamental rule of any game involving chance is that in order for one to win, another must lose. The truth behind the hype is that there is a dark side to this game, one that you won’t see on ESPN. Drawing Dead follows the lives of two players, Michael and Dusty, as they deal with the highs and the lows of America’s future favorite pastime, internet poker.


Mike Weeks


Mike Weeks

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Official Selection, Thin Line Documentary Film Festival 2013
Winner, Best Documentary Feature Vegas Indie Film Festival, 2013
Winner, Silver Ace Award Las Vegas Film Festival, 2013
Official Selection, Cincinnati Film Festival 2013
Runner Up, Best Documentary Feature Seattle True Film Festival, 2013
Winner, Platinum Reel Award Nevada International Film Festival, 2013
Winner, Best Documentary Oregon Independent Film Festival, 2013