Sometimes there’s just nothing better than relaxing in front of a good film. But what could make movie night even better? A few poker films, of course.
1965: The Cincinnati Kid
As soon as you catch a glimpse of the iconic Steve McQueen, you know you’re in for an entertaining evening. It’s set in the 1930s and follows a young man endeavouring to make a name for himself by beating the local card shark.
It’s true that it’s not always exactly PC, but if you let that slide, you’ll enjoy a timeless classic full of nostalgia and five-card stud. That’s what The Cincinnati Kid delivers in spades.
1980: Kenny Rogers as The Gambler
You might be more familiar with this as a song, but don’t worry, Kenny Rogers as The Gambler sure does deliver. This is a made for TV movie, but is great fun to watch. It’s about a father on a quest to rescue his young son and an aspiring professional poker player. The unlikely duo join forces on their train journey from Arizona to Texas.
Ah Rounders. If you’re a poker fan over the age of 35, we bet you’re already extremely familiar with Rounders. It really caught the imagination of the general public, as a young Edward Norton and Matt Damon try desperately to pay off a big debt by competing in high stakes games.
It wasn’t the biggest hit at the time, which some say is to do with it being released just before the poker boom. However, people genuinely love this film, making it a cult classic among so many poker fans to this day. Plus it’s nice to see Norton and Damon in their pre-huge star days too.
2017: Molly’s Game
Molly Bloom ran poker games like no other. Celebrities, criminals, billionaires and so many noted people played her games. But they were all underground and before long, her businesses was well and truly shut by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
This sounds like a fantasy, but Molly’s Game is in fact based on a true story. It unveils a different side to poker in the USA than many of us are used to seeing, especially those of us who always focus on pro players and the World Series of Poker. But it also tells the story of an America that was swept up in a moral panic about the game. A very interesting movie, starring the likes of Jessica Chastain, Michael Cera and Idris Elba.
After this poker films chat, do you feel like playing yourself?
Now it’s probably time to dust off your old chips and hit the felt yourself. Of course, the easiest and most convenient way of doing that is by heading to an online casino. If you’d like our two cents, one of our favourite spots at the moment is bet365. Part of the iPoker Network, this online poker room has plenty of action around the clock. Plus, if you sign up using this bet365 bonus code, you get one hell of a welcome offer too.