For those of you with a taste for gambling who may not be able to get to a casino very often, online casinos might provide the fix you are looking for. But playing on your computer from home can leave one feeling the lack of ambiance to be found in the real deal. One suggestion to help build the missing atomsphere: turn on a great gambling movie. With all the great banter, last minute escapes and heart-pounding action, you will not feel like you are missing a thing. To get you started on your virtual casino vacation, here are a list of five of the top gambling movies of all time.
1. Casino Royale
For a night of gambling, you seriously can not do better than James Bond. In this one, terrorist banker Le Chiffre puts together a high stakes poker game to raise money for his organization. If he doesn’t win, his organization will go under. Secret Agent 007 James Bond must beat a weapons dealer in this game of high stakes poker to win the day.
This 1998 film stars Matt Damon as a law student who looses $30,000 to a Russian Mobster in a game of high stakes poker. After such a stunning loss, Damon’s character, Mike, swears off of gambling to focus on law school and his girl friend. He makes good on that promise until an old friend, Worm– played by Edward Norton– reappears in his life, asking for help to pay off a loan shark for an old debt. The debt belongs to the same man who took Mike’s $30,000. Mike and Worm play a series of poker games to work their way up to the ultimate game with their nemesis.
3. Vegas Vacation
Yeah, it is ridiculous, but what movie list would be complete with out at least one entry from the National Lampoon’s collection? In this one Chevy Chase and family take a vacation to Las Vegas. Chaos and the expected slap stick ensue. This one gets an extra gold star for actor Wallace Shawn in the scene where he is the dealer playing Black Jack against Chevy Chase’s Kent Grisswold.
How can you go wrong with a Scorsese film staring Robert DeNiro and Sharon Stone? This picture tells the story of Ace and Nicky, two childhood friends turned gangsters who go to Las Vegas to make their mark.
5. The Sting
In this 1973 classic starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, a small-time Chicago con man tries to get vengence for his dead partner by teaming up with another con man who is more experienced at catching the big fish.Once you have picked your film and warmed up your computer– and hey, why not invite a few buddies over while you’re at it — your night of gaming in online casinos is all set. Now, get yourself and your friends some snacks and beverages and you will be good to go.