FleaStiff
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July 30th, 2017 at 5:48:06 PM permalink
The Gambler has been on Cable recently...
Young College Professor who is compulsive gambler and owes large to the wrong people.
College Junior who plays basketball but has a secret knee problem
John Goodman as philosophizing gambler who kills deadbeats and their families.

At the end one gambler wants the ball player to do whatever he wants... win or lose but don't win by more than seven points. It seems the line is 8.

What does the professor gain by betting a whole lot of money in Vegas on a spread of 8?
onenickelmiracle
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July 30th, 2017 at 6:06:06 PM permalink
I couldn't watch The Gambler, it was too terrible.
Looks like sh!t just got imaginary!
FleaStiff
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July 30th, 2017 at 6:13:33 PM permalink
Quote: onenickelmiracle

I couldn't watch The Gambler, it was too terrible.

Realistic or unrealistic is the question. I think the college girl was not hot enough and there was insufficient nudity but all I really care about in a gambling movie is whether its realistic or not.
DTRobers
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July 31st, 2017 at 8:08:22 AM permalink
Earlier in the thread Boz referred to the film "Fever Pitch" with Ryan O'Neal and Catherine Hicks. I would not call it a great gambling movie but there are some interesting cameos by Vegas personalities.

One of my favorites : In a scene set in a café Bob Stupak is sitting at the counter. When the customer next to him leaves Stupak swipes the tip and feeds it into a slot machine near the exit. He comes up dry and walks out with a woebegone look on his face.

The ending of the movie is pure loser wish fulfillment. Leaving Vegas broke, brutalized, and hopeless, O'Neal finds a coin on the ground. He feeds a slot and hits a win. He takes the win, buys a Keno ticket, and wins again. Moving to the craps table he goes on a win streak that would leave Nick Papagiorgio slack-jawed with amazement. He is able to recoup his lifetime losses and set up a trust fund for his daughter.

Oh, well, it's a movie. Gotta suspend that disbelief!
monet0412
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August 16th, 2017 at 7:46:22 AM permalink
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Someone should check out "California Split"



Thanks to Billryan in another thread I found this movie and bought the DVD. I read somewhere it was cut slightly because of copyrights but unsure about that. What I can tell you after just watching it this early morning is that it was spot on. I read some reviews that it doesn't hold the test of time but being in this lifestyle since I was 8 years old (34 yrs total), I can honestly say that I have either been in every situation of the movie or around it. My long time friend of 20 years actually had a run like that in Dice where I was playing across the street checking on him every so often for his 12 hour session. The session started with us playing poker and playing some machines. I don't enjoy dice unless the fix is in but he has always been a junkie for it. He ended up with slightly over a 400k win which is roughly the same amount they won (82k) when you run an inflation calculator comparison. I guess the only difference is that he first started the dice game with 3k and ran it up to 75k and blew it. Took a taxi to the house and got his case 10k and ran that up to slightly over 400k in a drunken haze... gave me 100k to hold for him in the hotel room across the street and carried 300k+ inside his jacket to the taxi and proceeded to stumble home. I gave him the dough early the next morning. Of course a couple months later he got completely flat.

I also read reviews how the story line isn't cohesive but that is obviously from viewers who don't get this way of life. Living like this is very erratic. You never know when your going to find the next play or next exploit. Heck one minute we are reaching under the hopper deflecting coins. When that was over we are onto the next thing which might be teaming up in a poker game or hammering out some 5x progressive. Over to the massage parlor, steak dinner and who knows whats next. My point is that this movie is really good and it has a spot in the front row that I watch over and over. Other movies in that stack include... The Gambler with James Caan, The Thief with James Caan, Let it Ride, Factotum, Groundhog Day, To Live and Die in LA, The Hustler, Casino, Heat with Burt Reynolds, The Cooler, The Croupier, The Grifters, Vegas Vacation, Rounders, Happy Gilmore... and some others.

I love how this movie ended. No BS scenario just something true to life and how life really is. I always want to spin a wheel that isn't in use or protected like that. It is hard to say that it is a happy ending or a sad one... I just feel that it was very realistic. The Croupier kinda ends like that... I suppose other movies as well.

It was a surprise to see Jeff Goldblum and Amarillo Slim in the movie.

Quote: onenickelmiracle

I couldn't watch The Gambler, it was too terrible.



Try The Gambler with James Caan. Much better movie but this movie isn't exactly about what is going on in the movie... it is more about what goes on inside of gamblers minds or compulsive gambling and how it effects everyone involved. It is also about saying a big F You to society and the rules or consequences. It shows how selfish gambling really is. It's a pretty deep complicated movie IMO. The Wahlberg version is watered down but I think they are trying to make the same point.
Last edited by: monet0412 on Aug 16, 2017
Timesharemooch
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August 19th, 2017 at 8:05:19 PM permalink
The best gambling movie; there's too many to come up with a single answer.

My favorite scene: De Niro in Casino with cheaters justice. "Now you're going to have to learn with your left hand."
The Martingdale system always works perfectly until that one time that it doesn't.

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