Casino in the movies

The glitz and glamour of the casino features in many of our favourite films, spanning across the decades. Often used to up the ante, and raise the stakes of an already tumultuous situation, the casino is the perfect setting for a climactic battle between good and evil – as the atmosphere is already a bit tense to begin with! But what if the movie makes you want to grab a piece of the action for yourself? Well, simply log onto and start playing!

Read on to find out more about the best casino-amplified movies that you should be watching!

Casino Royale 

When it comes to casinos on the big screen, our first thought is often the elusive 007 – James Bond. In 2006, Casino Royale graced our screens, showing Bond outwitting his opponents over a game of Poker. Bond sits at the table with three other men, all four players going all in, convinced that they each hold the winning combination. This nail-biting moment comes at the finale of the film, demonstrating the use of “bluffing” in the game. This is when a player acts as if they have the winning hand, whether they do or not, in order to coax the other player(s) into backing down, or making riskier decisions. This is a key part of any Poker game, as the nature of the game is often known to be a flurry of information and misinformation. It’s all part of the fun!

The Hangover 

This R-rated comedy is a classic amongst fans of all things rude, crude and definitely not for prudes! In 2009, we saw the comedy trio venture into the bright lights of Las Vegas, in an attempt to celebrate their good friend’s upcoming nuptials. As can be predicted, things take a turn for the worst, and the group find themselves in debt to a dangerous criminal, so they turn to the casino as a way to make money. They visit one of the many Vegas casinos so try their hand at Blackjack – one of the most popular card games of all time. The aim of Blackjack is to beat the dealer; to either reach a combined value of 21, or watch the dealer go bust before you. One of the main characters in the film also demonstrates card counting, an age-old strategy that is neither allowed nor easy to do. 

Rain Man

Widely considered to be one of the most famous movies of all time, Rain Man became a cult classic back in 1988. The cast and crew of this film were one of the first to be allowed to shoot scenes at the iconic Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Their “Emperors Suite” is where the Babbitt brothers went on to spend the night, after winning big at the Blackjack tables, and, to this day, the room is still referred to as the “Rain Man Suite”, in honour of their win. Rain Man is another example of card-counting being used in cinematic casino scenes, although the act is heavily frowned upon in real life. All that being said, card counting technically isn’t cheating, unless an external device or “helpers” are used. But the film’s protagonist, Charlie “rain man” Babbit, is far beyond any kind of aid, due to his superhuman and multi-functioning brain. Once his brother goes bust, drawing a Queen after already having a hand of 18, it is easy for C. Babbit to deduce that there are no more Queens left, and use this to his advantage. Sounds a bit too complicated for us, we reckon you’re better off playing by the rules!