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The world of poker requires players to keep the most unreadable expressions they can make up. If you attempt this while watching cinematic poker works, you will only fail at it. You are either going to be grinning from ear to ear, or brimming with excitement.
These fast-paced thrillers and compelling dramas are some of the best you will ever see. To also put our money where our mouth is, we have highlighted some entertaining poker movies that would interest you.

Rounders (1998)

Matt Damon stars as a young rising actor in this classic. Damon plays Mike McDermott, a New York law student who is a gifted but addicted poker player. Mike’s poker problem only worsens when his friend, Worm Murphy, gets out of prison and re-enters his life.

Worm owes a lot of money to some dangerous loan sharks, so Mike plays some high-stakes poker games to raise the money within a short time. The movie entertains with poker games, references to real poker, and professional player Johnny Chan also makes a cameo.

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (2003)

Michael Imperioli plays the role of Stuey Ungar in this biopic that tells the story of the poker legend. The movie is based on recordings that Stuey made before his death with the idea of a biography, but that never happened.

High Roller is a true story that shows the life of Stuey outside his stardom as a poker player. We get to see his suffering, the cocaine addiction, the loss of his son, and how he dealt with his divorce. It is a heavy and dark movie that shows us just enough about the poker world as well.

Casino Royale (2006)

Does a spy movie with casino scenery and poker games seem implausible? Well, that is what James Bond promises in Casino Royale. Daniel Craig is James Bond for the first time in this movie, as he goes up against Mads Mikkelsen’s Le Chiffre.

A cat and dog chase between spy and criminal leads both characters before a table of poker. If Bond is to catch Le Chiffre, he must beat him at a high-stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro.

Molly’s Game (2017)

In this thriller, Molly Bloom is a skier who turns to running exclusive poker games after a freak accident ends her career. The movie follows Molly through her fall from skiing, to Los Angeles where she learns of the underground poker world.

Eventually, she gets enough experience to set up her poker games, including celebrities, athletes, and mobsters as players. Molly is later arrested and put on trial by the FBI. She gets Charlie Jaffey, a high-profile New York lawyer to help her case.

The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

A story of the new challenging the old is portrayed in The Cincinnati Kid. Lancey Howard has been a poker champion for over 30 years and is now being challenged by the new kid on the block. A friend encourages Eric “The Kid” Stoner to try his hand and luck against the best of the best, further helping set the encounter.
This movie boils down to a showdown between the two players over an intense game of poker. Who wins out in a tussle between the master of the game and the whizz-kid?

Concluding Remarks

Are you a poker lover craving a captivating movie night? Or you’re another random movie freak looking for a different cinematic twist from the bland adventures out there. Look no further. There is just enough in each of our five ranked movies to sate the interests of everybody. So grab some popcorn, settle in, and enjoy the show.

Jessica Aletor

Jessica is a graduate of Economics. She’s passionate about corporate finance, private equity and investment banking. In her spare time, she writes about finance, cryptocurrency and the US iGaming markets. Follow Jessica's EatWatchGamble content for industry news, big wins, and more.

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