Best Characters From Casino Films

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Actors and directors get the credit and awards when they produce a memorable depiction of a character or setting on screen, and the rising popularity of online casino such as is ensuring that gamblers and casinos are what they are choosing to depict these days. On the silver screen casinos mean high-wire risk-taking, danger, glamour, and drama, giving them a great chance of being memorable. These are three of the best characters from Hollywood casino films.

Eric Stoner – The Cincinnati Kid

Eric Stoner – The Cincinnati Kid

The whole of this classic 1965 Steve McQueen film revolves around gambling, but it is the conclusion and the final hand against Lancey ‘The Man’ Howard (Edward G Robinson) that people remember. The Kid’s ‘bad beat’ loss is one of the great downer endings in movie history, but few could argue that it doesn’t provide a memorable conclusion to the film.

James Bond – Casino Royale

James Bond – Casino Royale

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This 2006 Bond film starring Daniel Craig reinvented the franchise, and the casino shows the changes. Firstly, Bond plays Texas Hold’em, not baccarat, and secondly, he drinks Heineken rather than Martini. However, it is the genuinely nail-biting gaming duel with Mads Mikkelsen’s Le Chiffre that really makes this scene a winner.

Ace – Casino

Ace – Casino

This 1995 Las Vegas-set epic was the last collaboration (so far) between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, and it is full of memorable casino scenes. However, the one that seems to be remembered is when Ace (De Niro) spots a customer with his shoes off and feet up on the table in his casino – and has his heavies deal with him. Then the unfortunate customer receives a second going-over from Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci). It’s brutal, but unforgettable.

As you can see, whether it is poker, blackjack or roulette, there are memorable performances from Hollywood, but who out of these three would you put your money on in a battle of poker?

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