Poker In Movies

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We have to thank the French for introducing us to Poker.  Initially named poque back in the 19th century, with only a 20 card deck instead of the 52 we’re used to nowadays.  Our evenings and weekends cannot be complete without hanging out with our mates either watching a movie or engaging in a round or two of the famous card game.  It’s hard to decide which is more fun (maybe playing online with a Genting Casino Promotion Code may sway you), so here are three of the better poker movies for your entertainment.

All In: The Poker Movie (2012)

The 2012 film showcases how poker has developed, from the humble beginnings in underground clubs, until it made its way into French casinos as well as into homes all over the world.  All In: The Poker Movie portrayed poker’s impact on society, and attempted to rationalise the card game’s effects on all types of people.  Why does this card game attract well known names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and George Clooney?  The film’s website states that this film combines the huge quest for the American Dream, the ability to take many risks, and also the celebration of entrepreneurship with a game that began with those conmen on riverboats and ended up being played by almost anyone, even Presidents of the united States.

Casino Royale (2006)

James Bond character was rebooted in a lethal way in this instalment of the massive 007 franchise.  As a recently promoted agent, Bond (Daniel Craig) was assigned to follow the cash trail of a global terrorist.  This led him to a high stakes poker game, betting much of the government’s money into the pot.  If 007 wins the game, the money line will be cut.  If he fails however, the pot winnings will be used to finance worldwide terrorist activities.  What a conundrum…

Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

The sequel to the star-studded casino caper features head honcho Danny Ocean re-assembling the old gang to travel to Amsterdam, Rome and Paris.  An European adventure!  They’re supposed to do one heist after another, using the skills from the first film.  Meanwhile, they could not escape the wrath of Terry Benedict, with added villains such as the Night Fox (a mysterious French adversary) as well as an Europol Agent.  With all these people at their heels, the challenge is to keep it cool and get the job done.  A decent sequel.



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