On Screen Poker - Movies Discussed

Poker Rounders MoviePoker is not only a great game to play but a great one to watch. Indeed, over the years, movie makers have made it their mission to use the game’s charm, excitement, and intrigue to their advantage.

Arguably the most famous poker movie of all time is Rounders, starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, and John Malkovich.

The film provides a dramatic portrayal of one player’s quest to pay off his debts through poker. With the aim to play in the World Series of Poker, the protagonist, played by Matt Damon, has to overcome some adversity before his poker skill shines through.

Indeed, once he manages to pick up a tell on the movie’s villain, Teddy KGB, he cleans out the underground cash game and rebuilds his bankroll.

Rounders may be the poker community’s favourite film about the game, but there have been many other offerings that have attracted public praise. Maverick, Casino Royale, and The Sting have all made vast sums of money at the box-office, and attracted fresh faces into the game.

While poker has enjoyed the limelight on the silver screen, it’s also had its success on TV. One of the first poker programmes to hit the small screen was Late Night Poker. Focusing on some of the UK’s best players, the TV tournament piqued the interest of many aspiring players. Beyond this, the World Poker Tour gave the game a dose of American shine, and made it a household favourite.

Presented by Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, the WPT brought the world of high stakes poker tournaments to the living rooms of people across the globe. Monster pots, larger than life characters, and enthralling action made it an instant hit and made poker the latest craze.

There’s little doubt that poker is one of the most exciting games on the planet. Indeed, thanks to TV and movie coverage the game has enjoyed over the years, it is easy to see why it’s become such a success.

 

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