Andersen steals the show in new poker documentary

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Danielle “dmoongirl” Andersen from New Ulm, Minn., is featured in Bet Raise Fold, a documentary about online poker produced by Jay Rozenkrantz. Anderson, a top-notch online cash-game player, is one of the three online pros the film follows and her story may have stolen the show.

In October 2010, director Ryan Firpo asked Anderson to be one of three rising stars of the booming poker industry depicted in the movie. But after Black Friday, the film was redefined to a story of how people recovered from that devastating day.

“If I would have known before the film started that Black Friday was going to happen during filming,” she said, “it would have been really difficult for me to agree to participate because it was really hard to be at one of the lowest points in my life and to have a camera in my face asking questions. When your life sucks, the last thing you want is to answer questions about how much your life sucks.”

But in the end she’s glad she stuck with it and hopes it will help show the difficulties Black Friday caused.

Andersen occasionally commutes to Los Angeles to play cash games and is working on getting a part-time residence in Canada to return to online poker. Also Full Tilt Poker sponsored her in the World Series of Poker Main Event and is sponsoring her in the Full Tilt Poker Festival in Galway, Ireland, fulfilling one of her goals from the movie.

Canterbury Park is screening the film on Oct. 4 to kick off its Fall Poker Classic.

ANNIVERSARY TOURNAMENT: Brian Soja won $33,656 at Running Aces’ anniversary event, which drew 598 entries.

RUNNING ACES PROS: David Gonia and Chris “Fox” Wallace join Erick Wright as part of the Running Aces Club Pro Team. More players are expected to be added soon.

HALL OF FAME: Canterbury Park is establishing a Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame. Inductees will be unveiled Oct. 4.

— Email John Somsky at john.somsky@gmail.com.