The glitz and glamour of the casino world has piqued the interests of movie directors and made audience go weak at the knees multiple times over the last few years. Indeed, the often-mystical allure of destinations such as Las Vegas have always made for an inspiring storyline. In this piece, we’ve picked out five movies that have brought the industry and all its wonders to life. From classic betting scenes to everything beyond the felt, the following flicks all make for compulsive viewing if you’re a casino fan.

Casino Royale

James Bond and casinos have always enjoyed a fruitful relationship. Indeed, when the smooth operator isn’t defeating crime bosses and seducing women, he can be found sipping Martinis and riffling casino chips. In the canon of Bond movies on the market, Casino Royale (the 2006 version starring Daniel Craig) is perhaps one of the best from a betting perspective. Aside from the title giving the game away, Bond’s mission is to thwart investment banker and criminal, Le Chiffre. How does bond carry out his duties for queen and country?

That’s right, he plays poker. Sure, there are some gun fights and some flying fists, but the heart of the movie is the game of high stakes poker we get to see. In a bid make the poker scenes as realistic as possible, director Martin Campbell drafted in Tom Sambrook. A TV presenter and poker professional at the time, Sambrook showed the cast how to handle their chips and make bets like a seasoned grinder. The end result, if you haven’t already seen it, is a fantastic representation of poker when the stakes are insanely high.

Ocean’s Eleven

Casinos are as safe, if not safer, than banks. Indeed, take a top-rated online platform like the one found here at https://www.sunbets.co.uk/casino and you’ll find a myriad of security features. From SSL encrypted software to anti-fraud team monitoring the action, online casinos highly secure. The same is true of live venues. CCTV, security guards and more are on offer around the clock to protect the casino and you. However, when a crack team of criminals led by mastermind Danny Ocean hits the Vegas strip, all bets are off.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Ocean’s Eleven sees three casinos, The Bellagio, The MGM and the Mirage become the target of an audacious robbery. Can Ocean and his team fleece owner Terry Benedict of $150 million? Well, it won’t come as much of a shock if we tell you that they do. However, the caper is filled with twists, turns and, of course, some classic casino action.

The Hangover

What happens when you take four guys on a stag do, throw in some illicit drugs and let them loose on the Las Vegas strip? Simple: you get the hangover to end all hangovers. Released in 2009, The Hangover showed everyone what a night partying in Las Vegas can be like. Sure, the average punter doesn’t end up with a tiger in their room, a bagful of stolen casinos chips and a missing friend, but they could. What The Hangover did for the casino industry, more specifically Las Vegas, was show that a good time can be had by all.

Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned gambler, someone that’s read a book on card counting (see the above scene featuring Alan) or a casual observer, Vegas has something for everyone. This, in reality, is what the casino industry is all about. Although people naturally focus on betting, there’s a lot more to it. If you’re playing online, you can ante-up for free and have some fun. If you’re in a live venue, drinks, entertainment and more are on tap. The Hangover showed people this was possible and that’s why it’s a great movie.

21

For everyone that’s ever sat down at a blackjack table and wondered if there was a way to swing the pendulum of fate in your favour, get ready to smile because there is. Thanks to the movie 21, card counting is now something the average casino player understands. OK, so maybe everyone can’t count cards like a professional, but they at least know there is a way to turn the odds in their favour using nothing more than mathematics.

When it was released in 2008, Robert Luketic’s 21 certainly used its creative licence to bring some colour the story, but the events are real. Put simply, when the bright minds at MIT got together and learned the nuances of card counting, they ran riot through the casino world. Taking on the biggest casinos of Las Vegas, Casino Monte Carlo and more, the group of mathematicians managed to win millions. 21 is a retelling of that infamous story and movie that any casino player should watch.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Ever wondered why people refer to Las Vegas as Sin City? Well, if 1 hour and 58 minutes to spare, Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas will give you the answer. Based on Hunter S Thompson’s critically acclaimed book, the movie follows the trials, tribulations and excesses of Raoul Duke and his attorney, Dr Gonzo, as they travel across the US. Fuelled by drugs, alcohol and the American Dream, the pair encounter some colourful characters along the way. Partly autobiographical, the story essentially shows the underbelly of Vegas.

As the lead characters dip in and out of casino life while attempting to report on the Mint 400 motorcycle race, the voyeuristic nature of Sin City is brought to life. Although the plot is less focused on the gambling side to Las Vegas, the movie does show how much of a party town it can be. Of course, the consumption of illegal drugs shouldn’t be and isn’t’ condoned. However, what you will find is that revelry is around every corner when you’re the gambling capital of the world.

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