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Poker Pro Accused of Making an Awful Deal

5/11/2009 2:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

DealBluffs work at the tables, not in real life -- a lesson one professional poker player could learn after allegedly screwing a company out of big bucks over the movie "Deal."

Gambling Times, Inc. claims in a lawsuit that poker player Scott Lazar (the movie's exec. producer) promised the company a "highly visible" product placement during the film -- which starred Burt Reynolds and Shannon Elizabeth -- in exchange for a $50,000 investment.

But according to the lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, the plug was far from highly visible... because it didn't exist at all.

Now here's the ironic part: G.T. is suing Lazar for no less than $1,000,000 in damages -- but the film only made... get this... $78,000 WORLDWIDE when it hit theaters back in 2008.

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