Five Poker Movies The Whole Gang Can Enjoy!
While Rounders is regarded as one of the best poker movies, there are some others that escape the limelight. Giving an honourable mention to the intense poker scene in Casino Royale too, here are five other classic poker films you must watch:
Hitting the Nuts
Hitting the Nuts is not just a typical movie about poker. It’s a mockumentary-style look into poker at its most fundamental level — the amateur.
This movie pokes cheer at the game and all of its idiosyncrasies at the amateur level — including how the “crazy cat lady” who knows nothing about the game but still manages to win a lot.
The Cincinnati Kid
Before most of the cast of Rounders were even born Steve McQueen was playing the lead role in The Cincinnati Kid. His character played an up-and-coming poker player looking to prove himself.
There are several forces at work in the movie trying to decimate the bankroll of “The Man” but The Kid wants to try to win the game honestly.
Another mockumentary but unlike Hitting the Nuts this film focuses an all-star cast and boasts on the elite level of poker.
Woody Harrelson is the film’s star and plays Jack Faro, a casino owner and poker player with various sins that have nearly left him bankrupt. The only way that he can save his casino is to be victorious in a $10 million winner-takes-all tournament called “The Grand.”
Various poker pros including Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Laak, Phil Hellmuth Phil Gordon, and Antonio Esfandiari did a cameo in the movie.
Deal stars Burt Reynolds and Bret Harrison. Alex Stillman is Harrison, a law student who is known to play poker online.
Stillman makes into the final table of an online tournament that is held live but is knocked out first. Tommy Vinson, played by Reynolds, is a retired player that sees potential in the kid and looks to take him under his wing.
This film is a coming-of-age story set in the poker world events. As the film progresses, Vinson decides to come out of retirement and take his shot at the WPT Championship.
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This last pick is more of a documentary than a true poker film but is a film every player should watch who aspires of turning pro in the live poker arena.
Poker Bustouts shows the other side of poker and doesn’t give an overly positive spin on the game. You’ll meet players from all walks of life in the film who have taken or are taking their shot at the dream.