Another banker guaranteed to thrill watchers is the casino gambling scene. Its drama, ingenuity and tension will have gamblers and non-gamblers alike on the edge of their seats.
Those who do like to bet in casinos see something of themselves in such movies, a point encapsulated by some of the features on DMovies, the platform for thought-provoking cinema. Read more from our writer Jacek Michałski on casino cinema and plenty of other subjects here.
The dirtiest casino-related scenes
So, what do online casinos such as betamo look to achieve for their Polish customers and beyond? They want the feel of their casino to be like some of the great casino scenes we’ve witnessed in glamorous movies. These best casino scenes and many more classic movie moments have been enjoyed by so many casino lovers in Poland throughout the years.
The movies below are listed in chronological order, along with their trailer:
1. Dr No (Terence Young, 1962):
Dr No features the first big-screen version of Bond, played by the late and great Sean Connery. In the first of many classic Bond movies, the protagonist is seen in his favourite place: at the casino table with a vodka martini in hand and a beautiful Bond Girl right by his side.
2. Rain Man (Barry Levinson, 1988):
A classic movie about autism and brotherly love. Raymond, played by Dustin Hoffman, has a photographic memory leading his brother Charlie (Tom Cruise) to come up with a very peculiar idea.
Heading to Las Vegas, the brothers aim to win enough money to pay off Charlie’s $80,000 debt by taking advantage of Raymond’s card-counting abilities in blackjack to land the big one.
When the movie reached 30 years of age, it sparked a debate on whether or not it was good for autism awareness.
Rain Man is also pictured at the top of this article.
3. Casino (Martin Scorsese, 1995):
Given that this is a movie entirely about the casino business, specifically its mob ties in the ’60s and ’70s and about one prominent casino boss, there are too many great scenes to even list here.
A Martin Scorsese flick, Casino features greats such as Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone who will be remembered for throwing someone else’s chips high in the air early in the movie.
4. Ocean’s Eleven (Steven Soderbergh, 2001):
A remake of the 1960’s Rat Pack original, Ocean’s Eleven and its two sequels feature casino scenes heavily with the first in the series being among the most popular movies of its type.
In this version featuring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon among others, the gang have tasked themselves with stealing $160 million from the vault of The Mirage, the Bellagio and the MGM Grand.
In a classic scene set beneath the casinos, Clooney and Damon reach the door to the vault before the former realises his detonator doesn’t work and he can’t blow the door, something that saves a team mate’s life.
5. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006):
Given that this was another rebirth of Bond with Daniel Craig now taking the role, his character was more of a novice without yet having a licence to kill.
Bond must destroy terrorist kingmaker Le Chiffre. His plan is to play the villain in a high-stakes game of Texas Hold’em, beat him, and bankrupt the antagonist. Needless to say, things do not go quite to plan in the private casino.
6. The Hangover (Todd Phillips, 2009):
A brilliant comedy and a modern classic. One of the funniest scenes in the first movie of this franchise is the partial comedic remake of the above Rain Man scenes, featuring Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis coming down the escalator in the same way Cruise and Hoffman did in the original scene.
Watching any of these movies and their key scenes makes you want to hop straight to the nearest casino for yourself. Remember though, the outcome you’re hoping for is often different in real life!