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Ones to watch, Big hit films about Gambling

Gambling, a traditional staple of the Hollywood diet remains a hot topic for hit films as far back as the 1970s. More recent blockbuster winners reflect our love for casino games where characters risk it all against the casinos and the crooks.  Hollywood’s’ love affair with betting, show the glamor, the glitter and gamblers looking for big wins.

Keeping up with the times, Hollywood has produced films that handle developments in the casino world such as technology, advanced stats and online gaming. Check out our top picks to watch for a great night in.

Brace yourself for Blackjack

The first of our films is 21 (2008) featuring Jim Sturgess and Kevin Spacey. Ben (Jim Sturgess) a smart cookie at M.I.T who can’t afford to study medicine and is approached by Micky (Kevin Spacey) a Math Professor who introduces him to an unethical club of 5 blackjack players.  They train together to count cards and head off on trips to Vegas to beat the dealers and make a mint.

The film shows clever characters come together and take on the math behind Blackjack, with the assistance of codes and hand signals. It’s a fast paced, action-packed film where the chase of big bucks brings the films protagonist into an exciting drama. The film deals with topics of chasing dreams and making tough decisions – all through the prism of Blackjack.

Popcorn and Poker

With Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake headlining, Runner Runner (2013) introduces online gaming to the Hollywood screen.  Richie (Justin Timberlake) a grad student, playing online poker believes he has found a way to beat the system and (spoiler alert) goes bust. He heads off to Costa Rica to confront the fictional illegal gambling mogul, Block (Ben Affleck) who he believes to have cheated him and then gets entangled in a corrupt world.

The film reflects on this poker players love of excitement, risk and of course, poker and has a lot to offer.  In a murky world of crime, thrills and great acting, Runner Runner is worth staying in for.

With a deep love of high risk, high stakes casino games, it appears that Hollywood hit films about casino games are here to stay and definitely worth watching.

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