Top 5 poker films

1 Rounders

Rounders has, since it opened on the cinemas in USA in 1998, been a favourite among poker players and we wont make an exeption. Rounders invites you to filthy illegal clubs, dreams of Las Vegas and huge amounts of money. Matt Damon is good as the dreamer Mike, Edward Norton is excellent as the impulsive Worm and John Malcovic is absolutely exceptional as the shady Russian Teddy KGB. The director John Dahl takes the audience a long way from the internet glorified presence of poker today and that is why it is so good. Rounders is without doubt the best poker film in history.

2 Casino

Ok, Martin Scorseses masterpiece Casino isn’t really that much about poker but we would still like to rank this brutal and fascinating film about Las Vegas as the second best Poker film made. The city Las Vegas is oozing of poker and when Joe Peschi reaches his climax as hysterical and aggressive mob boss you will start wondering if it wasn’t actually better in the good old days. Casino is a really well made film about drugs, gambling and corrupt mobsters. No matter how little poker the film actually contains it’s a gambling teaser like none else.

3 One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stu Ungar

The documentary about Stu “The kid” Ungars life, One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stu Ungar, is a insightful view on the life of the worlds best poker player of all times. The film gives you exclusive footage from WSOP 1981 (when Ungar won the competition for the second year in a row). You get to hear Mike Sixton tell about Ungars next to supernatural skills in reading his opponents and we get to take part in “The kids” cocain marked life in the eighties. The title is deadly accurate in describing the film. The Rise and Fall of Stu Ungar is 40 minutes of documentary of the poker in the eighties and a fascinating story of the rise and fall of a genius.

4 Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is both intelligent and breaking new grounds. The film is packed with Anglophilism, quick clips, bizarre action and really strong poker scenes. That Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as an exception from all other films is about true losers gives it an extra edge. The film validates the myth that poker on film isn’t exciting without drugs, violence and large amounts of cash.

5 The Cincinaty Kid

The Cincinaty Kid is a classical American drama where the action hero Steve McQueen plays the central figure and to tell the truth it’s not a very good film. The film is neither chocking, fascinating nor original but it is actually very entertaining. A good example is when McQueens extremely cool and talented poker player Eric “The Kid” Stoner challenges the crook Lady Fingers and the film takes the audience to the time when taking a seat at a pokertable was risking your life. One of the more questionable aspects is the poker. In the last hand Eric Stoner bets all on a Royal Straight Flush draw and in the spirit of Hollywood he hits it. The Cincinaty Kid is entertaining, exciting and funny but far from the much better Rounders.

This poker article is translated from Swedish and comes from cardwolves.com. You can find it here: Poker är bäst på film.