If you swallow the fact that a player can walk across the street carrying her cards in the middle of a hand, you should enjoy this movie with Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward and a roster of fine character actors. The action centers around a poker game climaxing with "a big hand for the little lady."
Aces is the story of three college girls who bring the world of high-stakes poker to its knees. Elle (Christina Morris) is the Decoy, distracting the other players with her sultry allure; Pieti (Sheena Chou) is the Brain, hooking the team into the hottest high-tech gadgetry; and Brooke (Lacey Toups) is the Closer, using her mathematical skills to bring home hand after hand. Together they form a team that takes the San Diego poker scene by storm, seduces Las Vegas, and competes against the world's leading players in Rio de Janeiro.
An experienced female gambler tries to leave the card tables and high-risk lifestyle behind her by going to medical school. Mounting debts soon force her back into the betting world--but this time she has a grand scheme in mind that should allow her to win enough money to live comfortably for the rest of her life.
The History Channel produced this exhilarating, nail-biting, roller-coaster ride with amateur player Jim McManus as he battled the odds in the 2000 World Series of Poker.
A down on his luck gambler links up with free spirit Elliot Gould to have some fun and gamble. As a final act of desperation, he pawns most of his possessions and goes to Reno for the poker game of a lifetime. A film set mainly in casinos and races, the two win and lose, get robbed, and get blind drunk. Though dated, this is the only movie to ever attempt to show the day to day life of card-playing, sports-betting, sleep-till-noon gamblers.
The Ultimate Poker Challenge is proud to present an exciting new feature: Cash Poker . This is not another tournament show; this is the biggest televised cash game ever. Join Chad Brown, Kenna James and Brandi Williams for all the excitement as big players bet big money; and fortunes are won and lost with the turn of a single card. The new Cash Poker $25,000 NL Texas Hold'em w/ re-buys event promises to bring home all the excitement of high-stakes, casino-style poker.
In Daniel Craig's first turn as James Bond, he must stop Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorist organizations, from winning a high-stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro.
A professional gambler goes to work for a crime syndicate, and becomes a favorite of the organization’s boss because he makes them so much money. However, he falls in love with the reluctant mistress of the boss’ son, who finds out about it and tries to turn his father against the gambler in order to have him killed.
As an ex-gambler (Burt Reynolds) teaches a hot-shot college kid some things about playing cards, he finds himself pulled into the World Series of Poker, where his protégé is his toughest competition.
A group of best friends and amateur thieves steal a valuable statuette for a ruthless black market art dealer. After the thieves botch the delivery of the objet d’art, the art dealer forces them to ‘find’ $1 million by the end of the week or face certain death. The desperate friends concoct a plan whereby each of them takes out a $1 million life insurance policy on themselves. Consequently, if one of the friends die, the others will collect on the policy and pay off the dangerous art dealer. The thieves then enter into a lethal lottery to choose who will be the victim and who will be the killer.
Based on a true story, Michael Imperioli stars as poker legend, Stu Ungar. A gambler by the age of 10, Ungar won millions playing card games. He was one of two people ever to win the World Series of Poker three times - twice before age 26. But, in spite of his success, a life of excess and addiction left him in tremendous debt and could only end in tragedy.
Nicholas Cage stars in a comedy that involves getting married in Vegas and encountering a wealthy Vegas gambler who arranges for him to lose $65K in a poker game and offers to clear the debt for the weekend with his fiancee.
A David Mamet movie where a psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams and con men.
In this obscure Warren Beatty film, he breaks into a factory to doctor the plates that print the cards used by the major casinos of the world in a way only he can notice. Naturally, after these cards go into circulation, Beatty goes on the rush to end all rushes, playing blackjack and poker. Unfortunately for him, when pushed into a head-up no-limit game, they switch cards to ones he can't read. Now forced to play using only his wits, he traps his opponent into an enormous pot, only to be faced with the best poker decision I've seen in a movie. (VHS only)
A Richard Dreyfus comedy about his problems with gambling and other vices. His character Jay Trotter has waited a lifetime for this day. He's got a hot tip on a horse everyone thinks is ready for the glue factory. But, as track aficionados say, "Even when you know, you never know."
Director Guy Ritchie's script has cockney boys Tom, Soap, Eddie, and Bacon in a bind; they owe seedy criminal and porn king "Hatchet" Harry a sizable amount of cash after Eddie loses half a million in a rigged game of three-card brag poker. Hot on their tails is a thug named Big Chris, who intends to send them all to the hospital, if they don't come up with the cash in the allotted time. Before the boys can blink, they are caught up in a labyrinth of double-crosses that lead to a multitude of dead bodies, copious amounts of drugs and two antique rifles.
“Change your game. Change your life.” A hotshot poker player tries to win a tournament in Vegas, but is fighting a losing battle with his personal problems. Everybody who enjoys the television popularity of poker will like this film, due to the doses of the game itself and a WSOP pro.
Starring Ana Torrent and Antonio Dechent, this Spanish language movie (with English subtitles) features the steamy world of card playing in Spain. A young woman - who has made a life out of playing poker since the death of her father - faces a tough decision: a high stakes game or life without cards with a man named Juan.
A powerful story of a drug addict (Frank Sinatra) who's trying to leave his poker-dealing past behind after he returns home from prison. He dreams of becoming a jazz drummer, but his wheelchair-bound wife forces him to continue his lucrative gambling. He doesn't know that she is faking her injury in order to control him. She kills Darren McGavin when he discovers her secret, resulting in Sinatra being hunted by the police. A harrowing scene in the film takes place when Sinatra goes "cold turkey" to rid himself of drugs with the help of Kim Novak.
Starring James Garner. Although Maverick is not the most brilliant film ever made and some of the poker scenes are kinda silly, this is a fun and lightheaded poker movie. Maverick might even provide a basic idea on what it was like to be a rambling gambler in the Old West card scene, as Mel Gibson tries to earn enough money for the big five-card draw poker tournament.
Detective Jack Kellogg lives a double life. In one, he is an excellent detective, rising quickly through the ranks of the police force. In the other, he is a down and out poker player, struggling to survive. The two sides have never met before, but a series of brutal murders will bring both his worlds crashing together in a way he never expected. This Michael Schimmelman film tells a story of violent duplicity, where one man finds out what happens when vice and duty collide.
NBC Sports presents the ultimate big-stakes poker showdown, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship. In this invitation-only tournament, 64 players battle one-on-one for the title, "World's Best 1-on-1 Poker Player," at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, the birthplace of poker. The 3-Disc set contains all six episodes and DVD extras: Draft Party Special, Henry Orenstein's Behind the Scenes Interview and Special Music Video of the Tourneys' best moments.
NBC Sports presents the second season of the ultimate big-stakes poker showdown, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship. In this invitation-only tournament, 64 players battle one-on-one for the title, "World's Best 1-on-1 Poker Player," at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the Home of Champions. The 4-disc set contains all six episodes and DVD Extras: Including the GQ Pairings Party, presented by NYNE and a Special Music Video of the Tournament's best moments.
Is high-stakes poker a metaphor for the American Dream? A bi-coastal couple, Susan and Tim, carry their independent film company and four-year-old son on an eight-month ride through the world of tournament poker. Their goal is to win $125,000 to develop a feature film. Business (and formerly romantic) partners, Susan and Tim often disagree. Susan is a self-directed, high energy gambler who has won poker tournaments before. Tim is her sensible but anxious mate and often her unwanted conscience. Along the way, we get to meet the peculiar players from around the globe who populate the poker world and hear their thoughts on poker's connection to the American Dream.
The Wild West is about to get wilder! Alice Moffit, ‘Poker Alice’, has been disowned by her Boston family because of her incurable penchant for gambling. She is travelling the West with her cousin, John, when she wins a house in a poker game on a train. The ‘house’ turns out to be a bordello, which she decides to run until she can sell it. She falls for a bounty hunter, Jeremy Collins, who is about to settle down in California. Marrying him would mean ending the life-long relationship between the two cousins. (Stars Elizabeth Taylor) non-US format.
The definitive look at the OTHER side of poker. The seedy underbelly that no casino or TV poker show wants you to see. "Poker Bustouts"shows how tough it is to survive playing poker for a living. It's brutally honest and hilarious."
Johnny was a pool hall hustler, until he discovered how his manager Joe had ruined his life. Johnny leaves Joe in the hands of some drug dealers and splits. Now he's trying to go legit, save his relationship with his girlfriend Tara, and maybe even save his life. Johnny's younger brother Danny is eager to follow in his footsteps and finds himself deep in debt to Joe, who has returned with a new pool hall protege. When Danny robs a store to pay back Joe, Johnny comes to the rescue. The final game has a payoff that's bigger than money, bigger than life, bigger than either player can imagine.
Rounders (1998) explores the underground world of high-stakes poker. Directed by John Dahl and starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton, the movie follows two friends who need to quickly earn enough cash playing poker to pay off a huge debt. The term "rounder" refers to a person whose sole means of earning a living is by playing cards.
Patrick Dempsey kills time at an illegal card game in New Jersey before legalization of casino poker there. Here we get a rare filmed record of a player tipping the dealer, and the waving off of obnoxious second hand smoke. The game climaxes when a belligerent, violent player forces Dempsey to draw one card instead of standing pat. (VHS only)
Shade is set in the world of poker hustlers working the clubs and martini bars of Los Angeles. The tale unfolds as a group of hustlers encounter “The Dean” and pull off a successful sting that results in their pursuit by a vengeful gangster. Fake poker movie. Why? It’s not about poker, but they say it’s NL Hold’em. Anyway, the movie is worth a watch, if you don’t play poker and don’t know the rules of the game. Great actors should learn how to play poker in order to play their parts appropriately.