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There have been tons of great gambling movies made throughout history. While every story is unique, they all have one thing in common: they all captivate audiences with the incredible rush of adrenaline that comes with making a big wager. Whether you enjoy casino games such as Blackjack, Craps and Roulette or prefer taking a seat at the poker table, you can be sure there’s a movie for you.

Gambling movies are an easy way to learn about your favorite casino games and can also be a great way to get yourself in the mood for some real money betting at Bovada Casino. Before you break out the popcorn and dim the lights, here’s our list of the top five gambling movies in history.

  1. Casino Royale

James Bond was never afraid of a little risk, so adding a major gambling element to the 2006 Bond film, ‘Casino Royale’, was a perfect fit. Played by Daniel Craig, Bond shows off his talent at the poker table in this movie. With masterful bluffs and nerves of steel, he takes down a terrorist financier in a high-stakes game with far more than just money on the line.

  1. Rain Man

Released in 1988 starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, ‘Rain Man’ tells the story of a man with autism who has the unique ability to count cards. Manipulated by his estranged brother, the pair end up on a road trip to Las Vegas while hitting casino Blackjack tables along the way. Taking home four Academy Awards including Best Picture, ‘Rain Man’ is one of the all-time great gambling movies.

  1. Vegas Vacation

If you prefer to keep things light, the 1997 gambling comedy ‘Vegas Vacation’ is a great option. As the final film in the Vacation movie series with Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, the family goes on one last wacky adventure when they visit Las Vegas. While it may not be the most realistic gambling movie, ‘Vegas Vacation’ pokers fun at the casino gambling experience and will have you laughing so hard you’ll knock over your chips!

  1. 21

Named after the popular card game, ‘21’ is based on the true story about a group of MIT students who used their prowess in mathematics and probabilities as a way to beat the casino at Blackjack. Although certain aspects of this 2008 film may have been embellished for the big screen, this entertaining movies sheds an interesting light on the scientific aspect behind the curtains of most casino games.

  1. Rounders

Made in 1998 before the craze of online poker took over the world, the film ‘Rounders’ showed what the underground poker scene was like in New York City. Attempting to leave his gambling past behind him, Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) is pulled back to his true love of poker by his degenerate friend Worm (Ed Norton) and the dangerous Teddy ‘KGB’ (John Malkovich). The authenticity and intensity of the gambling scenes in this movie will have you itching to hit the felt.


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