The love affair between the film industry and gambling is well known among moviegoers and it has every chance to result in a long-term relationship. Hollywood loves the topic and not surprisingly, there were dozens of casino and poker movies produced over the years. Many of them are not worth watching, especially by those who already know a great deal about the games, since they feel superficial. There are however a few movies that are a must-see for poker fans, not only because of the stellar acting but also because of the role they’ve played for the online poker industry. Playing mobile casino UK games is very popular in Britain and below are some classic casino and poker movies!
Ian Fleming’s iconic character used to play a high-stakes version of baccarat called Chemin de Fer, but Casino Royale has changed all that. In the movie, Daniel Craig portrayed James Bond and instead of baccarat, he took on the main villain in a high-stakes game of Texas Hold’em. The movie was immensely popular and it sparked a wave of enthusiasm among people who were only moderately interested in poker. One of the reasons for why it had such a powerful effect upon players is that it was produced under the supervision of a poker expert called Thomas Sanbrook. He went to great lengths to teach the actors how to play the game in the most convincing manner possible. Nothing was left to chance and seemingly unimportant details such as the handling of cards and chips and the staredowns were carefully practised.
While there are many who credit the classic Casino Royale movie with the role of making online poker popular, another famous movie can claim the merit. Rounders has a stellar cast, with the likes of Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Malkovich turning a regular gambling movie into a gem. The manner in which the story was told, the superb acting and the solid narrative contributed to the success of the movie at the box office. The high-stakes poker games played in the underground world captivated the audience and for many casual players, it provided the impetus to take things to the next level. It really captured the energy and intensity of the game, even though most of the key hands were exaggerated. As a result, the popularity of Texas hold’em, both online and offline surged in the wake of the release of this movie.
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story
When discussing the most famous poker movies, critics have the tendency to forget the High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story. What makes this film exceptional is not only the great acting and attention to details, but also the exceptional story. Speaking of which, it is one of the few poker movies inspired by real events, as it follows the rise and fall of Stu Ungar. The best gin Rummy player in the world and an exceptional poker talent, Stu became the youngest player to win the World Series of Poker Main event. Sadly for him, he dug himself into a deep hole because of drug abuse and was unable to claw his way back into the light.