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Five Gambling Movies You May Not Have Seen

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A handful of under-seen gambling movies.


Some gambling movies have proven highly popular with cinemagoers, while some, like The Hustler and The Sting, have even won Oscars. Yet some of the best gambling movies snuck under the radar and have developed only small, cult followings. We'll take a look at five gambling movies that you may not have seen, but really should. Many of the gamblers in these movies find themselves in the sort of danger you can avoid by sticking to online sites like Judi Bola SBOBET88 Resmi for your own bets.






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Atlantic City
While today any budding gambler can go on Daftar Agen Bola SBOBET for their sportsbook needs, if you lived in America in the 20th century you had to visit designated locations like Atlantic City, one of the few places where casinos were legal. That's the setting for Louis Malle's 1980 drama, which stars Burt Lancaster as an aging gambler seduced by an aspiring blackjack dealer (Susan Sarandon) who convinces him to become a drug dealer.


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California Split
Robert Altman's 1974 movie is one of the most entertaining films ever made about gamblers, but it failed to find an audience on its release. Elliot Gould is a professional gambler who befriends George Segal, who proves himself a top class poker player. The two head to Reno to take part in a high stakes poker game, where the players include real life poker champ Amarillo Slim. Due to music licensing rights, the film had been unavailable in its original form for decades, but the complete version was recently added to Amazon Prime Video in the US.


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Let it Ride
Richard Dreyfuss is one of American cinema's most charismatic actors, and he really gets to show his charm in this 1989 comedy. Dreyfuss plays Jay Trotter, a taxi driver who overhears talk of a rigged horse race. Jay places a bet on the race and wins big, leading him to embark on a winning streak. But despite his newfound wealth, Jay's marriage becomes increasingly in danger of falling apart. Look out for a young Jennifer Tilly as a gambling groupie who sights her eyes on Jay, leading him to turn to the camera and say "Am I having a good day or what?"


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The Cooler
The Cooler isn't about a lucky gambler, but rather one who can't catch a break. So jinxed is Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) that he's employed by a Vegas casino boss (Alec Baldwin) to destroy the winning streaks of gamblers. Lootz' luck changes however when he meets and falls for a cocktail waitress (Maria Bello). In reality, casinos don't really employ coolers, but if you're worried about a fellow player's bad luck rubbing off on you, best to play online at Daftar SBOBET Terpercaya.


Mississippi Grind

Mississippi Grind
Clearly inspired by the aforementioned California Split, this 2015 film stars Ryan Reynolds as Curtis, a charismatic gambler who befriends the introverted Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn), whose own talents for winning emerge in Curtis's presence. Just like California Split, this one climaxes with the duo heading to a high stakes game, this time located in New Orleans rather than Nevada.