Friday, October 23, 2020

Top Casino Movies

If you love playing at the best online casinos in Canada, you'll love these classic casino movies:

When you're watching real money casinos on the silver screen, it’s hard not to be drawn in by the glitz and glamor. You can almost smell the smoke and taste the liquor as you sit on the edge of your seat, anxiously waiting if they will call the right number or turn a card that will either leave you victorious or a lot less wealthy than when you came in. 

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One of the great things about gambling-related movies is we can  learn from them and use new-found knowledge when playing games online. However, it’s important to ensure you are playing responsibly, and that you choose a trusted casino. Here you’ll find a safe and secure list for Canadians that contains a bunch of real money casinos. Now that you know where to go in the event these movie picks inspire you, here are some top choices.

Ocean's 11

The first "Ocean's 11" (1960) starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis and Peter Lawford as the original 'Rat Pack' cool guys of cinema, with their slick suits and fedoras alongside real Vegas Strip casinos.

The remake of "Oceans 11" (2001) follows 'Danny Ocean' (George Clooney) as his gang try to steal $150 million from his ex-wife’s lover’s casinos. Cast also includes Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Bernie Mac and Julia Roberts set almost entirely in a real money casino with some great scenes, but the team isn’t engaging in high stakes poker – they are trying to get the money back.

Danny Ocean's team of 11 criminal masterminds prep to rob a real money casino, building a scale replica to practice on. Usually, you want the criminals to fail, but this movie flips the script. In one of the most iconic scenes, the team gathers in front of the fountains at the 'Bellagio Casino', then silently go their own ways. Danny might be going back to prison, but he does get the girl and the money in the end.

Casino Royale

Similar to the 'Rat Pack', 'James Bond' is the quintessential cool guy. He gets the girl, the car and takes out bad guys before driving off into the sunset, living to die another day and take down another villain on behalf of Britain's 'MI6'.

"Casino Royale" kicks off Daniel Craig's current reign as '007'. Bond needs to win a high stakes game of poker to stop world terrorism, taking on criminal banker 'Le Chiffre'. Bond loses big at the casino, without a backup from his handlers and you are right there with him, feeling your stomach drop as he misreads a bluff.

In the end, in true James Bond fashion, he wins, saves the day and gets the girl … or does he?  He’s ready to risk it all – leave it all behind for 'Vesper' but things don't work out as planned. 

Working behind Bond's back to save her kidnapped boyfriend costs Vesper her life, even though Bond tries to save her. It's not enough, but he avenges her in the end.

So while the casino is sexy, and a spy's life seems glamorous, never fall in love with Bond. It never ends well for the lady involved, but Bond's poker game improves and he’s able to thwart terrorism, putting his gambling to good use.

Will we see a casino scene in the upcoming Bond film "No Time to Die"? Time will tell, but for now it’s still being postponed due to COVID-19.

The Gambler

The Kenny Rogers song, "The Gambler" was so popular it spawned a TV movie series, building up a multi-million dollar career for the previously unknown country singer.

The first TV movie (1980) follows 'Brady Hawkes' (Rogers), a professional gambler trying to reunite with his son 'Jeremiah' – a child he never knew he had, while saving Jeremiah's mother from an abusive relationship. Hawkes makes new friends with his clear mind, sound judgment, old school gambling and unavoidable gunfights .

Rogers capitalized on a good thing, spinning off several more Emmy nominated "Gambler" TV movies.

"The Gambler" is a classic and little known casino movie by some, but it has lasting value and is a winner by all accounts...

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