Published 12/10/2020

Casinos are often misrepresented in films and tend to feel like an entirely different world from the casinos we visit in real life. If like us, you like seeing casinos correctly embodied in movies, you’ll enjoy this blog. You might even find some fantastic new films to watch, too, as for all the clichés and interesting characters, casino movies do tend to be very entertaining.

CASINO (1995)

We couldn’t write a blog without mentioning the classic film ‘Casino’, which is often referred to by critics as one of the best casino movies around. The cowboy scene in particular is a Rainbow favourite. In this scene the cowboy is having a bad night so decides to take his shoes off and put his feet up on a poker table and refuses to put them down. This results in Ace Rothstein (De Niro) calling security to escort him out, things gets crazy from there as security escorts him out using his head to open the door. This film has some big-name actors that include Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone.


Ocean’s Eleven is immediately off to a good start since it features three of the major casinos within the gambling capital of Las Vegas; The Bellagio, The Mirage and MGM Grand Casinos. The idea behind Ocean’s Eleven is a gang of 11 shady, yet smart individuals plan to steal $160 million from the three mentioned casinos. Unfortunately for them, not everything goes to plan when it comes to blowing up the vaults. While the scene isn’t set on the casino floor, it’s certainly dramatic. The movie itself has a number of fantastic plot twists as well as a whole host of fantastic Hollywood actors, not to mention the attention to detail throughout a large number of casino scenes.


It goes without saying that this classic Bond film is up there with the best in terms of casino scenes. The scene itself really captures the tension felt by players, especially when there are big winnings available, and in this case, Bond is playing for a huge £115million. The enemy of Bond manages to achieve a full house (aces full of sixes) which are famously hard to beat, though Bond’s straight flush (4 to 8 of spades) is exactly what he needed to take the jackpot.


Trying to get some money together to buy back their friend, the scene begins with one of the characters, Alan, pulling out a ‘Guide to Blackjack’ book before it suddenly cuts to the group confidently entering the casino. They sit down at a classic blackjack table as their winnings begin to grow. Then, unfortunately, they notice they are getting some unwanted attention from the casino security and make a swift exit!

Casinos have been featured in movies for many decades, yet films and gambling have never been more closely linked. Many box office hits feature casino scenes as the thrill of big money values and exciting, tension-building wins is what really makes a film interesting. The same goes for casinos themselves; gambling to win some big money values whilst the tension builds as you realise whether you’re a winner or loser could make for an exciting evening out.

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