Movies are all about capturing all interesting things in the real world, including all the drama, emotions, and entertainment, and projecting it on the silver screen. One of the main topics that always seem to be creatively interpreted by screenwriters other than the medical and legal systems of the world is that of the gambling industry.
These movies always have some sense of melodrama and they always love breaking rules of baccarat, blackjack, poker, and other casino games. In nearly all cases, the underdogs win while the stars in the movie win roulette hands even when the odds are not in their favor. But we still watch them anyway.
In this post, we are going to discuss the top three casino movies you should watch this year.
This star-studded movie features Matt Damon and Edward Norton, who explore the underground world of illegal gambling. Mike McDermott (Matt) is a university student who has always dreamt of winning the World Series of Poker.
The film begins with Mike all his savings worth $30,000 to a Russian mobster going by the name KGB (John Malkovich). He partners with a friend who has just been released from prison (Worm). Unfortunately, the pair run into debt with KGB and have to gamble to pay back a whopping $15,000.
Initially, Mike plays poker and almost wins the $15,000 they owe in debt. However, the duo is caught cheating, and all their money is ceased, and they must now act quickly or risk being hunted down by the Russian mobster. Finally, Mike gets a loan of $10,000 and challenges KGB to a Texas Hold’em game.
KGB loses the first round and asks Mike to continue playing. He not only agrees but also doubles his blinds. However, as they continue playing, Mike realizes KGB has a better hand after observing his demeanor. Infuriated by chance he’s missed to win it all, KGB decides to play on a tilt. Mike challenges the KGB to go all in the final round and beats him with a nut straight.
Mike uses the money to settle the $15,000 debt and other debts and restores his initial bankroll of “3 stacks of high society.” He then drops out of law school, bids goodbye to Jo, and travels to Las Vegas to participate in the World Series of Poker.
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
In this movie, a young poker star named Eric Stoner takes on the best poker player in the world, Lancey Horward. He learns that sometimes experience defeats good skills. The movie features fairly small blinds and is set during the depression era.
Nonetheless, the main event attracts six players, with Stoner the kid and Howard playing last. When the two are playing, the dealer (Shooter) tries to help the kid win. But the kid calls for a private break and asks Shooter not to interfere because he can beat Howard without his help. Stoner later asks for a new dealer and ends up winning several rounds against Howard.
However, in the last round, the kid is taken away by the winnings. Howard, on the other end, looks scared of a forthcoming loss. Knowing his chances of winning are high, Stoner calls an extra $5,000 blind, but his opponents surprise him with a straight flush.
There are many films named ‘Casino,’ but the movie featuring Robert De Niro will continue to stand out for its rich storyline, adrenaline-filled gambling moves, and epic acting.
The movie is set in the 1970s, and its plot revolves around the mafia and their betrayals. Sam Rothstein stirs as De Niro, a gambling pro whose goal is to help the house to make as much profit as possible. However, with mafia involved, Sam is forced to help Nicholas Santoro, an old friend, launder his money through the casino for security purposes.
Although Sam is able to maximize the casino’s profits, he finds himself in marital problems when his wife starts cheating with an old friend. Sam fires the slot manager for incompetence. In the meanwhile, Ginger (Sam’s ex-wife) kidnaps their daughter and plans to kill him. The FBI starts to come after the casino because of its association to the mafia. Luckily, Sam navigates through the situation successfully.
Although films are scripted, and the odds are always in favor of the main actor, they are still interesting to watch. Some of these movies also teach important lessons that gamblers can benefit from, such as knowing when to bluff or fold.