With the official grand opening of Cincinnati’s first casino The Horseshoe just one day away there is a lot of excitement in the city! Some are happy for the economic growth that it will provide to the city and others have their sights set on making a major come up!!! But hold hold tight…just cause you’ve seen a few flicks that glorify gambling doesn’t mean your ready. Here are the top ten movies you wanna check out to get a better feel of the gambling world.
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10. Casino Royale (2006)
Along with successfully rebooting the sputtering 007 series, this boisterous film helped fuel the Texas Hold’em frenzy with its insanely high-stakes showdown between James Bond and Le Chiffre. The final, improbable, ball-breaking hand brings four players all in, with successively impressive cards. But it’s not exactly a shocker when we learn who emerges top dog in this show — even if he does undergo some testicular torture of his own once the game moves outside the casino.
9. The Cooler (2003)
William H. Macy shines in one of his finest roles, as the house jinx brought out to chill any player on a big run. Maria Bello is the tough cocktail waitress who isn’t quite what she seems. And Alec Baldwin, the vicious casino boss, damn near steals the movie. A sexy, violent fantasy of disillusionment and crushed hopes. Kind of like Las Vegas itself.
8. California Split (1974)
One of the lesser-known Robert Altman films, this tour of poker rooms, casinos, race tracks and other fields of doom has been denounced as muddled and rambling. But the chemistry between the itching-to-bet George Segal and the ever-yammering Elliot Gould is terrific, and the aimlessness of their journey is the point, to the extent the movie has one. When a man’s obsessed with risk, winning doesn’t satisfy, and even the hot streak of a lifetime doesn’t guarantee a happy ending.
7. Casino (1995)
Based on the real-life rise and fall of goodfellas Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, Casino is a signature Scorsese romp, with plenty of blood, Pesci and De Niro, kinetic camera work, outrageous 1970s wardrobes, and a proliferation of f-bombs. It’s also a movie Hannum uses in class to teach students about Vegas history and gambling as a business — something the characters end up neglecting while they’re busy skimming the take, chasing messed-up broads like Sharon Stone, putting someone’s head in a vise or beating each other to death with baseball bats.
6. Rounders (1998)