Games of chance are a popular pastime for many people, as are movies. It is only natural that the two should be combined to create a diversion that fulfills and excites at the same time. For this reason, games of chance and casinos often having starring roles in some major Hollywood productions.
A popular game all around the world, poker has frequently been featured in movies or TV shows. For one thing, it’s an entertaining game for characters to play. It can result in some seriously funny scenes in TV and film, which is why some of the best sitcoms of all time like Seinfeld and Friends have featured poker games. But it’s also a great storytelling tool because it can instantly up the ante of a film, such as in the case of James Bond’s final hand in Casino Royale.
Combining action with a high stakes game of poker, the 2006 movie Casino Royale pins Special Agent 007 against the bad guys, whom he must beat at the tables of a Montenegro casino. Moviegoers will find themselves rooting for Bond while counting the cards and figuring out who will come out on top. Everyone knows that the hero has to win, but that doesn’t stop the adrenaline of anticipation.
The 2017 directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game portrays the real-life drama of those who ran gambling halls and the big names that frequented the tables. The story of Molly Bloom shows the secrecy of these game rooms, the trials that their owners ultimately faced, and the clientele who visited the tables, often unbeknownst to the owners. Take a peek inside the world of each member of the gambling scene and place your bets on the winner with this movie.
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story
In this 2003 favorite, viewers see the true-life story of Stu Ungar, the youngest-ever World Series of Poker Main Event winner. The story tells the tale of a highly successful poker career that earns the player more than 30 million dollars, and the tragic end of a man without a penny to his name. Follow the highs and lows of the life of Ungar and see what happens far too often in the world of poker.
Shade is another 2003 movie that paints a picture of revenge and deceit that is often associated with the game of poker. In this adrenaline-packed film, scam artists Tiffany, Charlie, and Vernon amp up the game on their get-rich schemes by taking on a famous card shark. Find the thrill of this game of chance as each character plays their role and risks it all for the big score. Make your bets and let it ride to see if your favorite comes out on top in this thriller.
The Cincinnati Kid
The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 movie that portrays the life of a rising poker star. This movie shows the risks that rookie players will take to make a name for themselves. Taking on a major player like “The Man,” the players pit experience against skill. The heat is high and the bets are even higher as these two try to show their dominance of the game.
In one of the most popular poker movies thus far, viewers get to see what New York high stakes poker was like for the players of 1990. When a friend is in trouble, reformed gambler Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) steps in to help him. In Rounders, you can follow the drama of taking on a Russian gangster, Teddy (John Malkovich) and see the inside of the mind of high-stakes gamblers and the hustle they play to achieve success.
When high action and even higher stakes are on the menu, all bets are on. Movies about poker provide what any adrenaline seeker is looking for with the thrill of the gaming world. Add in some gangsters and risky situations, and the stage is set for a good time.
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