Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 | 1:06 p.m.
Are Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck headed to Las Vegas next month for a premiere screening of their new film “Runner, Runner”? The crime-drama thriller focuses on the world of online poker play.
It’s a subject that has split Las Vegas casino moguls into warring camps, each either trying to block it to prevent any impact on the Las Vegas economy and supporting its legalization to own a piece of the profitable pie.
Regular Las Vegas visitor Leonard DiCaprio is one of the producers with Arnon Milchan, who was named Producer of the Year at ShoWest here in Las Vegas.
Justin plays the role of Princeton student Richie Furst in the Sept. 27 release. He’s cheated out of his college tuition money while playing online poker and flies to the off-shore island headquarters of the gambling website for retribution.
He confronts sly owner Ivan Block, played by Ben Affleck, but is corrupted into becoming his right-hand man who is then lured by the FBI in a dangerous plot to topple the enterprise.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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