Movies have the power to make people think they could be someone or something other than themselves. This why we love movies so much; they give us the courage to imagine. Here’s five movie scenes that will make you think you could actually be a successful gambler.
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1. The Hangover
It told the story of four friends gathering for a bachelor party in Las Vegas and all hell breaking loose once the group consumed way too much of the local delicacies. The movie has a thought provoking scene in which Zach Galifianakis is finally put to the test and has to earn money gambling in the local casinos. He finally exercises his knowledge of probability and counting cards in a fun montage in the film that begged the question “Where do I buy Alan’s book “The World’s Greatest Black Jack Book.”
Rounders is probably one of the most underrated of the films on this list. Starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Malkovich it was released in 1998. The film focuses on Matt Damon’s character, Mike McDermott, as he tries to generate a large enough bankroll to enter the World Series of Poker finals in Las Vegas. Along the way there is high drama as Edward Norton’s character, Lester ‘Worm’ Murphy, makes life anything but simple for his best friend. The subtle nuances, meticulous planning, and painstaking performances exhibited by these characters made me wonder what I could do with the right partner.
3. Casino Royale
Casino Royale brought about the return of James Bond in a powerful fashion. I remember that Daniel Craig had plenty of doubters before the film’s release, but many ate their words after they saw him in action. Some of the most exciting moments in the film for me were the gambling scenes, particularly in the Texas Hold’em tournament hosted in Montenegro. The stakes were high but Bond was able to find the nerve to not only continue playing in the game after being poisoned, he wins.
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