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Gambling Deals rates the top 3 casino movies of all time (in our humble opinion)

There’s not many film locations where you get the high adrenaline of big money, slick cocktails, fancy suits, gangsters, and attractive women. This may sound a bit pumped on the Bondesque side of things, but it is the theme that films often go for when the location is a casino, and probably why the Bond film Casino Royale was such a hit.

And then you have the classic heist plot that runs smoothly with the glitz, the mob running around, the highs, the lows – it’s all there. Casinos are perfect locations for high drama and character-rich films, so there are many great films that from this specific setting.

Here Gambling Deals round up the top 3 from:   

1. Casino

When Martin Scorsese directs an American crime drama, it’s usually pretty good news and can almost guarantee success of sorts. But when he teams up with Robert De Niro set in the same genre, great things are bound to happen. And this was the case with the classic film Casino, which is often hailed as the top casino film of them all.

De Niro play Jewish American Ace Rothstein, who runs the Tangiers casino where the Mob and money comes together to create the perfect mix for a tense entertainment.

Now lets throw Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone into the Casino mix. Pesci plays Nicholas “Nicky” Santoro, who is based on real-life Mobster Anthony Spilotro, who the Mob would have called a made man. The Mob send Micky to Vegas with the task of taking the cream from the top the house of money.

The film was well-acclaimed by critics, and was a huge box office success. Stone won a Golden Globe Best Actress award for her stunning performance as Ginger McKenna.

2. Ocean’s Eleven

It’s hard not to like intelligent thieves whose motto for his next crime comes with three rules like this: Don’t hurt anybody, don’t steal from anyone who doesn’t deserve it, and play the game like you’ve got nothing to lose.

This 2001 film is absolutely brimming with top actors, like a modern day Rat Pack: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts.

Danny Ocean (George Clooney) does not wait around, not even during his parole. Shortly after,(like very shortly) he gets out of New Jersey jail, the professional tea leaf starts prepping his plan for the biggest heist in history.

The plan seems improbable: simultaneously robbing three top Vegas casinos, Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM Grand casinos, all owned by Terry Benedict (Andy García). Things get very tense and it makes for some excellent viewing.

3. The Cincinnati Kid

Steve McQueen acting as poker prodigy Eric ‘The Kid’ Stoner (Cincinnati Kid) is a fine example of cinematic brilliance. In this classic the game of poker is portrayed accurately, displaying all the games exciting turns, while managing to keep an eye on the big money to be won.

With characters named in true New Orleans style, such as Lady Finger, it’s hard not to fall in love with this bygone era with its final hand set in a smokey bar full of top hats. This 1965 American classic will never lose it’s magic – even though the poker table looks very different from the current day.
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