When someone mentions gambling and movies in the same sentence, the first thing that comes to mind for many of us is James Bond. But there are movies where gambling is at the center of the story and those are the ones we’re going to write about here. It’s likely you may have seen one, two or even all of these, but in case you haven’t – enjoy!
Ben Campbell is soon done with his medical studies at MIT in Boston, something that isn’t free and costs him 300 000 dollars. At the same time, his teacher Mickey Rosa offers him the opportunity to join a team of math geniuses that travel to Las Vegas during the weekends to make money counting cards at the betting tables.
Ben decides to accept, but with the condition to quit as soon as he has made enough to pay for the studies. But he soon loses contact with his nerdy friends, falls in love with team mate Jill and is chased by the strenuous security guard Cole.
21 is actually based on a true story, which makes the whole thing a bit more interesting. Just don’t have too high expectations. It’s not a movie that will go down in history as the greatest ever made, but rather something chill to wind down with a cold beer and some snacks without having having to use too much brain activity.
Mike (Matt Damon) is a young law school student who’s also addicted to poker. Having lost everything at the tables, he decides to walk away from gambling to focus on his relationship. But when Mike’s buddy Worm is let out of jail, he soon sees himself involved again in an effort to help his friend pay of debts.
This is one of the better movies on the list with a surprisingly strong cast. Matt Damon is very convincing as Mike and Norton does a great job as Worm. Must see!
Oceans Eleven (2002)
Ocean’s Eleven is a remake of an old 1960’s classic which featured Frank Sinatra in the lead role. The modern version is much better, however, and stars great actors such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts.
The plot is fairly straightforward and starts with Danny Ocean (Clooney) being released from a 4 year prison sentence. But Danny has no plans to retire and instead gathers a group of con artists to rob, not only one, but three Las Vegas casinos to a sum of 160 million dollars. But these casinos happen to be owned by the mighty Benedict’s and well…you’ll have to see.
Our personal favorite on this list and a true classic. It centers around two old friends, Sam (Robert DeNiro) and Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), two small-time gangsters.
Sam eventually manages to get to Las Vegas where he becomes a casino manager at the gigantic Tangiers complex and is living on the right side of the law. But soon his friend Nicky arrives, and his plans are a bit different. Thing’s takes a turn for the worse as Sam falls in love with an ex call-girl named Ginger.
The writer of the book based the story on a real life Las Vegas casino boss. Aint that great!
The Gambler (2014)
Jim (Mark Wahlberg), a university lector in literature at day, and compulsive gambler at night, is a frequent guest at various shady gambling shacks owned by the mob. The movie starts with Jim driving up to a hideout in the mountains, passing a couple big guards who seem to know him, and walks directly into a secret room to play Black Jack. The problem is that Jim is not gambling his own money, instead he lives hand to mouth, borrowing from various casino owners.