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Some of the best Poker movies of all time

The quality of Hollywood blockbusters is judged by analyzing a great deal of factors, including the narrative, special effects and of course, acting. Poker movies are subject to all these criteria when they are being ranked, but savvy players are also interested in the manner the games are depicted. That’s why, when trying to set up a list featuring the three best poker movies of all time, we have to consider this factor. Interesting enough, some of the movies that have made the greatest impact on the poker industry are not necessarily the ones that depict the game in the most credible way. Here are some of our favourites:

Casino Royale

Casino Royale is widely regarded as one of the best James Bond movies of all time, thanks to a stellar performance from Daniel Craig. Solid acting, a compelling narrative and the great locations where the movie was filmed have all contributed to ensure its success. This film has also marked a premier for the 007 franchise, as it was the first to bring poker into the spotlight. This time, the famous agent used his skills to outplay Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game.

As always, when it comes to James Bond movies (read our review of No Time To Die), action is over the top and it was only natural for the poker hands to be wildly exaggerated. Those willing to overlook these embellishments had a great time watching the film and many were tended to try the game themselves. As a result, Casino Royale had an immediate and significant impact on the online poker industry, with many accounts being set up. Of course, Bond is also famous for playing baccarat. Both that, poker and more can be played online at Mr. Green.


Any film featuring Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Malkovich is almost certain to be a major hit, regardless of theme. With such a stellar cast, Rounders was bound to be a success and it set an important milestone for the online poker industry. The story is told in a compelling way and the manner in which the action unfolds at the poker tables is truly memorable. Moviegoers have enjoyed the way the talented young poker player managed to beat the odds and survive the underground high-stakes games. Rounders made a strong impression and encouraged many aspiring poker players to try the game online.

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

Sometimes, the most powerful films are the ones inspired by real events. Las Vegas: The Stu Ungar Story is a shining example. It tells the story of one of the most talented poker players in history, who became the youngest WSOP main event winner. In addition to being the best gin rummy player in the world, Stu Ungar was able to outplay his opponents at Texas hold ’em tables. The fact that he managed to return into the spotlight and win the most prestigious poker trophy again in spite of his drug addiction was equally remarkable. Unfortunately, High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story doesn’t have a happy ending and also serves as a cautionary tale for gamblers.

That’s just three films based around the game. Others worth checking out are Maverick, The Sting, Molly’s Game, The Cincinnati Kid, Mississippi Grind, Hard Eight, and 21 to name just a few.