odiousgambit
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November 23rd, 2009 at 3:54:00 AM permalink
Some I havent seen in a while, so just quicky reviews [non-spoiler] on some movies that featured at least some poker:

"The Cincinnati Kid"
IMO the best of the poker movies. Cautionary tale in part. Steve McQueen knows he is good, but the gambling world is a tough nut to crack.
One interesting moment out of many: the player who carefully calculates the odds of the current hand, pot odds too no doubt, then decides what to do. He winds up exasperated that he can't measure up to the other good players, who do not take this approach.

"Rounders"
I would rate this as the #2 Poker movie, also a cautionary tale. Matt Damon knows he is good, the problems are more modern.
One memorable thing: we see the players fail to insist on having a dealer all can trust. Considering the stakes involved, this did not seem realistic to me. The deal passes from player to player, and, yep, sometimes this allows some cheating.
I did not like Damon's acting too much in this movie, but I have never been crazy about him.

"The Sting"
The movie starts with Poker. Cheating at Poker! Of course, mostly about gambling other than Poker. The cautionary tale seems to be, don't be a Mark!

"Honeymoon in Vegas"
Not too much about Poker, but Nicolas Cage gets in a huge jam in this comedy by thinking he can hang with the big boys.

"Lucky You" Haven't seen this one, just on my list. Reviews welcome.


I would like to add to this list as I am sure it is quite incomplete, if anyone can add some ... good or bad !
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November 23rd, 2009 at 9:34:07 AM permalink
Regarding the lack of dealers in Rounders:

KGBs place seemed to grungy to bother with the expense of a dealer. There was enough chance of loosing a few teeth to keep people honest. I don't remember the other place featured in the movie. Was there a dealer on those tables? It was a higher-class place, but again, I think the expense probably precludes having a dealer.

Has anybody here ever visited an underground card room? Oh, sure, if it's anything other than poker, where the house money is on the line, you have to staff it. But poker? Do they use dealers at the poker tables?

As for the State Trooper game, it seemed like a casual game. Mid-level stakes. A once-in-while sort of thing. Same as any home game. No dealer.
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November 23rd, 2009 at 9:50:31 PM permalink
As I recall, they didn’t employ dealers at KGB’s place in Rounders. The players took turns dealing. I think the same about the Chesterfield. That is why Worm won by cheating there.

A comment I often make about movies is, “I should have liked it, but I didn’t.” The English Patient is a good example. However, Lucky You is the opposite. I don’t know why I kind of like it, but I do. For example, the Guts scene I can watch over and over, soaking in details of every single second. Another poker movie that I think is overlooked is Stuey.' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'>http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338467/]Stuey. Not the greatest, but kind of a guilty pleasure, like Lucky You.
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November 24th, 2009 at 6:29:31 AM permalink
I agree with the Wizard on "Lucky You". There's something about it that makes it very appealing. The story line is very Hamlet like. A very talented gambler with all of the skills necessary to be successful in Vegas can't seem to put aside his ambition and desire to out do his father long enough to achieve his full potential. Robert Duvall makes almost every movie better.
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odiousgambit
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November 24th, 2009 at 10:27:19 AM permalink
Thanks for the other movies for the list. I know a video store that has em all.

Talking to a friend, he said to add the Dean Martin flick "5 card stud"
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November 24th, 2009 at 10:32:41 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Another poker movie that I think is overlooked is Stuey.' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'>http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338467/]Stuey. Not the greatest, but kind of a guilty pleasure, like Lucky You.



I don't know if many understood that the character in the room the whole movie with Stuey is death (or possibly the devil). That's hard to get until you think about how much this stranger knew about Stuey. I absolutely loved the movie Stuey.
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November 24th, 2009 at 11:14:54 AM permalink
Quote: DorothyGale

I don't know if many understood that the character in the room the whole movie with Stuey is death (or possibly the devil). That's hard to get until you think about how much this stranger knew about Stuey. I absolutely loved the movie Stuey.



I wondered about that. There was a similar episode of Family Ties where Alex is questioned by an off-camera voice the entire episode. In both cases I thought it was a psychiatrist, who was never seen for dramatic effect. However, I could easily be wrong. I should watch it again to form a more informed opinion.
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December 16th, 2012 at 7:30:50 AM permalink
The Ultimate Winner (2011) - The movie starts with a few poker games but ultimately it is about gambling and money management.
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December 16th, 2012 at 8:01:05 AM permalink
There is an old movie from the 60's I think called " A Big hand for the Little Lady"... about a high stakes back room poker game that a women reluctantly gets involved in. Star studded cast. Very entertaining film.

Edit: Just Googled it: 1966, Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward..bunch of other top rate actors. Well worth a look if you haven't seen it.
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