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Top 8 Casino Scenes of All Time

The two most popular forms of entertainment for adults have long been going to the movies and visiting casinos. None of this has been lost on a movie industry that has successfully and frequently tied these two forms of entertainment together in top movies. In the list below, we are going to revisit eight of the top movie scenes that took place in a casino environment. Many of these scenes are already been etched in the annals of movie history.

1. Rounders (1998)

Poker scenes, like those found in Rounders, can create a lot of tension on the movie screen and in real life. While trying to save his friend from mounting gambling debts, Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) faces off against Teddy KGB (John Malcovich) in a dramatic one on one poker game for the fate of his friend. The good guy wins.

Sourced from Roger Ebert

2. 21 (2008)

After training an elite group of MIT mathematicians to count cards while playing blackjack, MIT professor Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) takes his troop to Las Vegas to bring down the house. The turmoil and deception that follows is nothing short of riveting.

3. Fever Pitch (1985)

Investigative journalist Taggert (Ryan O’Neal) decides to do a report on professional gamblers and what makes them tick. To get the real scoop, he immerses himself in the world of casino gambling. Along the way, he loses himself and ends up with a gambling addiction.

4. Casino (1995)

Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert DeNiro) is sent by his mob boss to look after the mob’s gambling interests at the Tangiers Hotel and Casino. With the aid of his main henchman Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), they make millions for the casino while “eliminating” any problems that get in the way.

5. Rain Man (1989)

Raymond “Ray” Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman) is an autistic man with an amazing memory. His long lost brother Charles “Charlie” Babbitt (Tom Cruise) kidnaps him from a home and takes him on an adventure that ends up in Las Vegas. After realizing Ray’s gift, Charlie teaches him how to count cards, and the two head off to the blackjack tables to make a fortune.

6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

This movie takes Las Vegas and turns it upside down with the zany antics of Gonzo (Johnny Depp). Along with some bizarre casino scenes at the Bazooka Circus casino, we see Gonzo getting mixed up in the drug world with a bunch of seedy characters that are bizarre in their own rights.

7. Casino Royale (2006)

Several James Bond movies have had key scenes shot while playing casino games like those that can be found at The key scene from this movie features Bond (Daniel Craig) playing high stakes head to head Hold’em with villain Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen). When the jackpot reaches in excess of $100 million, the tension mounts to the logical conclusion.

8. The Gambler (2014)

Jim Bennett (Mark Walhberg) is a Los Angeles literature professor who has a problem with self-destructive gambling. After getting himself in debt with both the Chinese and Russian mobs, he has to do the unthinkable to get himself out of trouble. He pays a college basketball player to fix a game.




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