Monday, April 27, 2020

More Casino and Gambling Movies

The casino and gambling world has inspired the production of many popular feature films, including poker, roulette and slot machine storylines, designed to appeal to a global audience:


5. "The Gambler" (1974)

Aptly named, this movie follows the story of professor 'Axel Freed' (James Caan), an addict of casino gambling. Throughout the film, Freed plunges into a state of self-destruction with his mental health on edge as a result of his addiction, forced to borrow money to meet his rising gambling needs as well as to satisfy his desire for betting.

The film reaches a climax when Freed's borrowing behaviour and search for thrills ultimately threatens his life. Confiding to his friend 'Hips' (Paul Sorvino), Freed explains gamblers like him want to lose, which is why he doesn't place bets on sure winners. He confesses he loves placing risky bets where winning is not guaranteed, bringing him a special rush of uncertainty and excitement.

4. "Molly’s Game" (2017)

"Molly's Game", based on the true story of 'Molly Bloom' (Jessica Chastain), follows a renowned skier who gives up her sports career following a severe injury during qualifiers at the 2002 'Winter Olympics'.

Instead of pursuing her initial goal to study law, Bloom moves to Los Angeles, is introduced to 'underground poker' and slowly becomes one of the leading poker dealers in California, organizing some of the world's most exclusive and thrilling, high-stakes poker games.

Bloom runs the operation for ten years, walking viewers through a lucrative ecosystem, before FBI agents arrest her. You can emulate Molly Bloom's poker skills or bet on sports at digibet sports. The site provides betting markets for all major and minor sports. And as mentioned, it also offers poker and other casino games.

3. "Casino" (1995)

"Casino" is a story of deception, greed and power between two close friends competing over a gambling empire. It follows 'Sam Ace Rothstein' (Robert De Niro), a seasoned handicapper tasked to oversee the operations of the "Tangiers Casino" in Las Vegas.

Rothstein also runs the casinos "Stardust", "Marina", "Hacienda" and "Fremont", for mob bosses involved in unscrupulous business practices. His best friend 'Nicky Santoro' (Joe Pesci) is a psycho killer whose reckless behaviour puts the two in danger. Directed by Martin Scorsese, "Casino" recreates the atmosphere of another era, reflecting the early vibrancy of Las Vegas.

2. "Croupier" (1998)

Most casino and gambling movies focus on players, but "Croupier" tells the story of a dealer, who acts as the link between a casino and its customers.

'Jack Manfred' (Clive Owen) is a struggling writer, who works as a croupier in a leading casino, narrating the story of his life in the third person, portraying himself as a cold and detached individual.

While he does not practice gambling, Manfred places high bets in his life, becoming entangled in a casino heist, with three women threatening his peace, as the film explores the anxiety of individuals who throw their money and lives at the tables.

1. "Casino Royale" (2006)

"Casino Royale" follows 'James Bond' (Daniel Craig), an 'M16 British Officer'. The film kicks off with Bond as a rookie in the service and his ascension to the rank of 'Agent 007'.

One of the best scenes in the film involves a showdown in Monte Carlo where Bond takes on his opponent  'Le Chiffre' (Mads Mikkelsen), a private banker to world terrorists,  in an all or nothing game.

The pace of "Casino Royale" is fast and furious with the addition of the sumptuous 'Vesper Lynd' (Eva Green) coupled to jaw-dropping poker competitions, providing a captivating twist, ideal for anyone who loves spy movies and poker variants...

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