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1983, Suburban Chicago, Basement
Reason to love poker: The "my friend's parents are out of town" teenage basement game
Poker night, beers and low stakes gambling are a young person's right of passage. Since the host's mom and dad are out of town, these 80's suburban Chicago high schoolers head to the basement to smoke cigars, drink Old Milwaukee and mercilessly interrogate Tom Cruise about his love life.