Five Movies Every Gambler Must Watch
Grab a bowl of popcorn and make your way to the couch because the following five movies must be watched by all casino enthusiasts.
When Sam “Ace” Rothstein becomes a successful sports handicapper in Chicago, the mob takes notice and recruits him to manage casinos in Las Vegas. Ace is a pretty straight-edge guy, but things change when he falls in love with Ginger McKenna, a sleazy call-girl, and gets reacquainted with a childhood friend, Nicky Santoro, who establishes himself as an enforcer for the mob. The movie follows the rise and fall of the conspicuous trio in this crime and punishment-styled Martin Scorsese flick.
Rounders offers an insider’s look at the world of underground poker. Through a voice-over narration, Mike McDermott, played by Matt Damon, explains what goes on in poker players’ minds as they navigate the choppy waters of no limit Texas Hold’em. Watch McDermott pick himself up after losing $30K, rid himself of all the distractions in his life and focus entirely on the game he’s meant to play.
Clive Owen puts on a convincing portrayal of Jack Manfred – a wannabe-writer who becomes a croupier at a small London casino. Observing both clients and the casino management, Manfred must balance temptation and control, but somehow ends up entangled with three women, one of whom convinces him to take part in a scheme to exploit the casino. According to Manfred, “you have to make a choice in life, be a gambler or a croupier”; he may not gamble in the casino, but he’s not afraid of taking risks in his personal life.
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Steven Soderbergh directed this remake of the 1960’s Rat Pack original. The remake has an equally impressive squad led by George Clooney who plays top-dog Danny Ocean. Brad Pitt, Ocean’s buddy, helps Danny recruit nine highly-skilled con artists to steal $150 million from three of Las Vegas’ biggest casinos. The dialogue is witty and the action moves fast in this star-studded and stylish rendition of the 60’s classic.
Casino Royale (2006)
Everything comes down to a high-stakes poker game held at Le Casino Royale in Montenegro, and agent 007, played by Daniel Craig, has been assigned by the Secret Intelligence replique sac a main Service (M16) to make sure the terrorist group does not win. Alongside leading-lady Vesper Lynd, who’s played by Eva Green, Bond braves two hours of adrenaline-pumping action to bring us the Bond movie credited with reviving the series for the 21st century.