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Must Watch Poker Movies of all time

Poker movies have made it’s way into pop culture and have made the game more acceptable and accessible for the millennial. Cards in hand, cigar smoke packed rooms, the infamous poker face and the heightened drama, here’s a look at the top films that have put poker on the map.

Maverick

Maverick remade the 1950s TV show of the same name into a box office hit in 1994.  The film is set in the Old West, and follows Gibson on his way to a major poker tournament and dead set on proving that he’s the greatest card player of his age.

What’s a poker movie without all the action? From tricky situations to some boisterous fun and yes, the familiar sound in the Wild West, gunshots; the movie has captured it all.

What makes this one stand out is its seamless transition from action to comedy, making it one of the greatest poker films ever to have graced the big screen.

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

Stu Ungar was the youngest ever winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event. High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story is a biopic that trails the journey of a troubled youth (Stu) who stepped into murky territories. He climbs out of the mess into the glitz and glamour of high stakes poker, only to see his appetite for racetrack betting, drugs and prostitutes drag him right back down.

This movie stands out for not just its depiction of the game, but for the honest portrayal of the lifestyle surrounding the world of high stakes playing.

The Cincinnati Kid

Steve McQueen starred as Eric ‘ The Kid’ in his depression poker player era where he battles to establish himself as one of the best. Starting in low stakes backroom games he works his way up and has a very steep learning curve along the way as he finds himself in the high stakes world.

A great period film and poker film rolled into one.

Rounders

A movie that inspired millions in the poker circuit world over! It starred Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich, John Turturro and Martin Landau. The movie follows young Damon as he gets sucked back into the world of high stakes poker while trying to clear the debts of his less than scrupulous friend Worm, played by Norton.

The movie released two decades ago and was different for its time. Unlike the rest, this movie depicts poker as a game of skill. The depiction sold the game minus the exaggerated melodrama that made it very relatable.

The movie acts as a turning point as it inspires more people to learnt to play the game. The new generation of poker players including the likes of Chris Moneymaker and Daniel Negreanu pay ode to the movie for igniting that fire in them.

 

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