There are countless articles going around the internet about the exposure of poker games in the media and here is my take on it . Thanks to the allure of Vegas – it famously is one of the most wanted holiday destinations; thanks to the romantic and nostalgic feelings the word poker leaves in some people because it is widely connected to the stories and 70s movies about the Wild West, it is one of the most commonly used elements in movies.
Firstly, I’d like to recommend a movie – 21 (2008), which in fact is not strictly about poker but about college students learning how to cheat at blackjack by – yes, you guessed it – counting the cards. Besides its excellence overall it is memorable because it is actually based on a true story.
After this short intermission, allow me to continue with my overall reading of the way poker games and such are presented in movies and etc. Let’s divide them roughly into two categories : the books and movies where poker is ‘just fun’ or is basically put on a pedestal OR where it’s seen as a destructive, detrimental activity to the individual that often leads to a big loss of money or the unspeakable – an addiction.
For our first category, we have , unsurprisingly, Maverick (1994) – a very fun movie, which was distributed as a comedy so don’t expect it to tackle any serious issues or to help you learn how to play poker. Nevertheless, it has a great casting and I promise you won’t regret wasting the 127 minutes on this film.
Another fun movie is Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) – which promises a lot of misadventures for the main character and a lot of cheating in the poker games.
Moving on to the more serious movies, I strongly recommend Rounders (1998) which in my opinion is the best movie about poker so far. It talks about problems such as being a ‘professional’ gambler, such as paying of loans and so on. And a honorary mention gets The Sting (1873) with Paul Newman, which was a big hit in its time and won several Academy Awards.
I love these great movies and in fact I envy you because you haven’t seen them yet. Watch them as soon as possible, you will not regret it.