boymimbo
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February 1st, 2010 at 11:05:50 AM permalink
Just caught this on the tube today. Owning Mahowny, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Minnie Driver. It tells the true story of a Canadian banker, Brian Molony, who embezzles 10.2 million dollars to fuel his gambling addiction in Atlantic City.

New Jersey Gaming fined Caesar's a day's closure (day after Thanksgiving) for their part (not checking the source of his gambling funds).

Although lacking the glitz and glamour of a movie like "21", the story is fairly true and shows the degeneration of someone who seemed fairly normal, had a good career, a girlfriend, and the normal amenities of life. He would gamble with millions but lived in a cheap apartment driving an old car.
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pacomartin
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February 1st, 2010 at 11:35:59 AM permalink
Rotten Tomatoes review of Owning Mahowny is mostly positive comments about Philip Seymour Hoffman, but given the difficult nature of movies about addiction it is not surprising that some critics found it uncomfortable. Only released in 24 theaters so very few people saw it. Thanks for the recommendation.

Similar reviews for The Cooler which was released the same year. I think if you like one movie you'll like the other. The Cooler was released in 408 theaters, but most people saw it on the Sundance Channel.

Another small movie about con artists (but not gambling explicitely) is The Grifters from 1990 featuring a sexy Annette Benning and John Cusack, directed by the amazing Stephen Frears.

Lucky You was released in 2,525 theaters with Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall, Debra Messing, and Robert Downey, Jr. , yet it grossed half what The Cooler made. This movie has to be on the short list of the most disastrous gambling movies ever made.
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February 1st, 2010 at 12:37:06 PM permalink
Owning Mahoney was a GREAT movie. I think the best one on the subject of compulsive gambling, with Stuey in second. Also one of the best Canadian movies I have ever seen.

Regarding 'Lucky You,' the apartment where Drew Barrymore's character lived is where I lived my first six months in Vegas. It is on the corner of Town Center Drive and Sahara.
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Mosca
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February 1st, 2010 at 2:43:16 PM permalink
Quote: pacomartin

Another small movie about con artists (but not gambling explicitly) is The Grifters from 1990 featuring a sexy Annette Benning and John Cusack, directed by the amazing Stephen Frears.



Great movie, but you wanna talk about "uncomfortable"... wow. You'll need a shower after watching that one. Fantastic performances by Cusack, Bening, and Angelica Huston.
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boymimbo
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February 2nd, 2010 at 11:48:31 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Owning Mahoney was a GREAT movie. I think the best one on the subject of compulsive gambling, with Stuey in second. Also one of the best Canadian movies I have ever seen.



I recommended it to you when it came out six years ago. I realize that you run two fantastic gambling sites and I really enjoy how you remain so true to the simple math behind the games. You educate gamblers and potential gamblers. Even on this site, it had the ability to be taken over by people hawking their various systems yet the great majority of posters remain generally of the same view as you: that there are no systems to win money at the casino.
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NicksGamingStuff
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February 2nd, 2010 at 3:13:36 PM permalink
How about the National Lampoons Vegas Vacation? It is such a fun silly movie, great to watch on a rainy day! Where is the casino with the heads/tails, rock paper scissors, and pick a number between 1-10, (ok I know they don't exist) but it is so funny to see him take a major beating and have Sid Caesar save him. Oh yeah, that was way back in the day when you could enter the MGM through the mouth of the lion!
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February 2nd, 2010 at 4:52:59 PM permalink
Quote: boymimbo


I recommended it to you when it came out six years ago. I realize that you run two fantastic gambling sites and I really enjoy how you remain so true to the simple math behind the games. You educate gamblers and potential gamblers. Even on this site, it had the ability to be taken over by people hawking their various systems yet the great majority of posters remain generally of the same view as you: that there are no systems to win money at the casino.



That was you? Thanks again for the recommendation, and the kind words. Agreed, there have been lots of outstanding posts here so far. Any posts by system salesmen would get busted, unless they appeared in the Free Speech Zone.
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Mosca
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February 3rd, 2010 at 7:02:36 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Quote: boymimbo

Any posts by system salesmen would get busted, unless they appeared in the Free Speech Zone.



As if they wouldn't get busted by the responses there... hehe.
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slyther
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February 3rd, 2010 at 9:20:48 AM permalink
"Boiler Room" has a couple interesting little gambling scenes, where the main character is running blackjack tables out of his basement by night while (unkowingly) selling stock in non-existent companies by day.
TheArchitect
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February 8th, 2010 at 6:36:13 AM permalink
Did anyone think of Rain Man when watching "The Hangover"? I "think" they were paying homage to the movie, but something tells me they were just copying it. The opening scene when they're going to play BJ is nearly identical (down to the color suits being worn).

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