There’s something about gambling which makes it great for cinema. Maybe it’s the glitz, tingle, and glamour associated with high rollers or the tales of lucrative card counting strategies. Whatever the twist, Hollywood has its way of making casino-themed movies fun to watch.
The Hangover, 2009
This hilarious movie tells the story of three friends who go to Las Vegas for a bachelor party. Things spiral out of control after a few hours. The next thing they know is, they have no money, there’s a tiger in the bathroom, and the bridegroom is lost. Now, they have to find their missing friend and take him home for the wedding, on time.
But that’s not the best part. The Hangover brought a lot of attention to gambling. Vegas got a lot of foot traffic, but the real winners were online casinos. People realised they could finally have some live casino action, without burning holes in their pockets. You can visit free-spins.org to get a feel of online gaming.
Casino Royale, 2006
Based on the hugely successful 1967 Casino Royale, this “new” version got the attention of casino players and James Bond fans alike. The MI6 agent infiltrates a high stakes tournament to prevent a terrorist from winning the pot; which he intends to use on shady dealings with his dangerous acquaintances. This event is the biggest the agent has ever had in his career, but he’s got to keep calm and save the world from a catastrophe.
Martin Scorsese, the filmmaker behind Casino, exposes the greed, deception, money, and power associated with casino gangsters. Robert De Niro plays the part of a well-connected casino operator, Ace, who gives up his career for a quiet life with his wife, Ginger, played by Sharon Stone. His childhood friend Nicky (Joe Pesci) comes back, all grown up, with an agenda to wreck Ace’s life and expose the underbelly of the dirty casino business.