Whether you’re an avid gambler, occasional better or rare risk-taker, you can’t deny, when the stakes are high, watching an unpredictable casino scene can be as exhilarating as the real thing! Our friends at online casino, bgo.com have pulled together a list of the top six casino movie scenes from flicks around the globe.
Casino Royale (2006)
Coming in as one of the most tense casino scenes of all time, Daniel Craig, playing Mr James Bond, has pinned villain Le Chiffre down in a game of Texas Hold’em poker. The scene takes place at the fictional Casino Royale, soon after Bond is poisoned by one Le Chiffre’s minions, which incredibly, does not kill him, but rather sees him through to a four-way-all-in call at a table boasting $115 million. Cut to the dramatic pause where the odds are bound to be beaten. The first player shows off an Ace High Flush (with odds of about 508:1), the second reveals a Full House of 8s over Aces (with odds of 108,289:1), with similar odds, Le Chiffre outdoes them all, and flaunts his Full House of Aces over sixes. After a series of poker faces Lady Gaga could only dream of, Bond reveals a straight flush, smashing the odds of 649,740:1.
The Hangover (2009)
This hilarious casino scene will make less sense if you haven’t seen the movie ‘Rain Man’, but very funny nevertheless. Oddball of the group, Alan, played by Zach Galifianakis, is seen reading a blackjack guidebook and shortly after, uses his sudden and implausible card-counting skills to win his crew $82,000 in order to help find their missing friend. The entire clip parodies other movies that have used the intensity and unpredictability of blackjack, in an over-the-top ridiculous way. The scene has been turned into a series of memes, and is a must-see for any blackjack fans.
Indecent Proposal (1993)
High school sweethearts, David, played by Woody Harrelson and Diana, played by Demi Moore, are happily married and have travelled to Vegas in hopes of winning enough cash to support David’s real estate dream. After gambling away their savings, they meet a mysterious and somewhat charming billionaire, John Gage, played by none other than Robert Redford. Gage takes a liking to Diana and asks her to roll the dice for him as a lucky charm. After a night of drinks and playing pool, he proposes an offer of a lifetime… $1 million, in exchange for just one night with Diana. Desperate for the money, the couple eventually agree, and after initially resisting, Diana slowly develops feelings for Mr Redford, threatening her relationship with her childhood love, David. But you’ll have to watch the film too find out who she ends up with.
Set in the smoky seventies, Casino has been dubbed as one of the greatest casino movies of all time, and with a cast including Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone, how could it not be? Filled with glitz, glam and gangsters, fans struggle to pick just one winning scene, as the entire film captures the adrenaline, excitement and intrigue of a casino, not forgetting a serious dose of violence. It’s apt we include one of the more memorable scenes, when a cowboy refuses to take his feet off the casino table. Ace Rothstein, played by De Niro instructs security to remove him from the premises by carrying him out, using his head to open the doors. De Niro casually watches the chaos unfold as he calmly finishes his cigarette.
Rounders is an American drama about the lesser-known world of high-stakes poker, starring a very young Edward Norton and even younger Matt Damon. The entire film is tense, as Mike, played by Matt Damon, is a reformed gambler who needs to raise money for his friend (Worm, played by Ed) who accumulated a load of debt before he was imprisoned. When Worm is given just five days to pay off his debt, Mike joins him in a manic race to get the moolah back. One of the more dramatic scene sees Mike sitting across the table from Teddy KGB (John Malkovich), who, of course, was the man responsible for breaking Mike at the start of the movie, taking every cent and temporarily ending his poker career. If you haven’t seen it already, you’ll have to watch to find out what happens next!
Ocean’s 13 (2007)
The gist of Ocean’s 13 involves Danny Ocean and his crew on a mission to destroy the reputation of ‘The Bank’ hotel and casino, after owner and former business partner Willy Bank refuses to set things right with them. The gang do everything in their power to ruin the opening night of his hotel, from rigging slot machines, to stimulating earthquakes using industrial drills. Another sneaky stunt was to give a professional hotel reviewer the most excruciating hotel experience humanly possible, while one of them posed as the professional critic. Fast forward a couple hours, to the final scene in the movie, where Rusty, played by Brad Pitt, is sitting at the slot machines beside the real hotel critic, who endured the most painful, abominable hotel stay of his entire life. In a nutshell, Rusty ensures the mistreated critic is compensated for the terrible torture they put him through, allowing him to win the $11,000,000 jackpot that was rigged!
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