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3 Westerns with Classic Gambling Scenes

3 Westerns with Classic Gambling Scenes

Westerns are known for their explosive shootouts but some of the genre's most memorable moments have featured heroes and villains facing off at the gambling table.

Let's take a look at three notable examples, and if you fancy a piece of the action yourself you can head to 22Bet login and try your luck without the danger of enraging a trigger happy gunslinger.

A Big Hand for the Little Lady

This 1966 comedy western was adapted from a 1962 TV play. The film sees five of the wealthiest men in the West gather in the town of Laredo for a high stakes poker game. Passing through the town is Meredith (Henry Fonda), a retired gambler who hears about the game and decides to bet his family's life savings. It goes badly for Meredith until his wife Mary (Joanne Woodward) takes his place for one final hand. What the other players don't realise is that Mary is actually a legendary poker ace!

The Gambler

You may not have seen this 1980 TV movie starring Kenny Rogers but you've no doubt heard him singing the country song that inspired it. In the movie, Rogers plays Brady Hawkes, who takes a train to Yuma when he receives a worrying letter from the son he never knew. On the train he befriends a young gambler, Billy Montana (Bruce Boxleitner), who is headed for a poker tournament in San Francisco. Hawkes takes Montana under his wing and teaches him that "You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em."


The popular 1960s TV show received a big screen remake in 1994 with Mel Gibson taking over the title role once played by James Garner. The movie sees Maverick attempt to win a stake in what is billed as the largest poker tournament in history. In the run up to the tournament he attempts to romance Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster), who is equally talented at the gaming table. Garner pops up not as a card player but as the town Sheriff here. The film was directed by Richard Donner, who had previously worked with Gibson on Lethal Weapon.