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The 6 Must Watch Casino Films

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Posted: 2/26/2013 10:25:55 PM
thanks packersbackers - I read the book - haven't see the movie.
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Posted: 5/13/2013 11:07:18 PM
Big Shot: Confessions of a campus bookie is pretty solid. Its about the 1993 Az St basketball scandal
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Posted: 5/14/2013 7:11:32 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by packersbackers:

Yes,,, a Toronto banker in the early 1980's begins to steal money from the bank he works at to cover his bookie debt, then spirals into a deep gambling binge in several trips to Atlantic City and Vegas....very depressing but realistic movie from the losing gambler degenerate's point of view. 

Based on true story.
That was a great movie.  Phippl Seymore Hoffman (or whatever his name is) did a great job in that film.  It was actually pretty scarey that I could relate to every emotion he went through in that film. 
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Posted: 6/15/2013 3:07:52 AM
The Sting, one of the all-time great movies
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Posted: 7/22/2013 1:49:49 PM
Casino SHOULD count, and should be on there.  The main character was a BOOKIE/HANDICAPPER for crying out loud!!

It's a little off-topic, but I'm surprised no mention of "Let it Ride".  

21 was not a good movie, and as I expected, was NOTHING like the book, and the book was 1000x better.  (both books actually, Bringing Down the House and Busting Vegas.  The second time I watched 21, I wasn't as put off by it, but still think it was way too "hollywooded" up.

The Sting is a classic in any genre.  

Rounders was special too, and really resonates with me since I first watched it around the time I really started playing a lot more poker.  Obviously, a lot has changed in poker since it came out, and you can nit-pick a lot of the movie now, but it will always be a classic, and some really good poker scenes, which are hard to do right on the big screen.

Here's Nollan Dalla's list of 21 best gambling movies.

http://www.nolandalla.com/21-gambling-movies-time/
http://www.nolandalla.com/21-gambling-movies-time-1-10/

Would never have thought to put Lock Stock on the list, but it is about gambling, and a great flick. 

Definitely found a couple here now that I have to see, especially the Owning Mahowny one, that looks good, and the California Split.
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Posted: 7/31/2013 2:04:05 PM
Looks like pretty well every movie I could think of was covered in this thread.  The only two I can think of that weren't mentioned are:
The Cooler, it starred W.H. Macey
Double Down, starred Jason Priestley & featured a character called the Jersey Jinx

Even though Casino is undoubtedly the greatest casino movie ever made, I have to agree with Bling that Rounders is my favourite gambling movie of all time.
Owning Mahoney is a close third!

Great thread though.   4 movies that I have never heard of & am going to give a try.
The Grand
The Only Game in Town
The Big Town
Big Shot

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