A good casino movie never disappoints with high anticipation, thrill and a mix of emotions as fortunes are won and lost. The fiction does not always depict the accurate picture of casinos and gamblers. But there are several casino movies based on true stories that are awesome. They are good entertainment and you could even pick a few tips for playing in online casinos in NZ. Here are some casino titles you should look up on Netflix.

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The Hustler (1961)

This title is one of the earliest in the gambling genre. It is a story about a small-time talented player who aspires to become King. ‘Fast’ Eddie takes on the reigning king of the pool, ‘Minnesota Fats’ to prove he is the best. Although he fails, there is much admiration for Eddie in his overconfidence and guts. 

The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

This movie is also a story about an underdog who is fed up being at the bottom of the stack and wants a shortcut to the top. It follows the hopes and aspirations of Eric Stoner (Steve McQueen) also known as the Cincinnati Kid. Stoner is on a journey to unseat The Man (Edward G. Robinson) as the king of high stakes stud poker. The Kid is beaten, but they say it is always better to have tried and lost than not to have tried at all. 

Tricheurs (1984)

Film critics say that this movie is perhaps the greatest gambling movie of all time if not for the fact that it was in French. It follows a man battling gambling addiction, a battle that he is gradually losing. He is on a bend, gambling without a care for tomorrow. He meets a manipulative lover with whom they embark on a journey of cheating as they draw on each other’s negative energies. 

Rounders (1998)

You will love this movie If you are an amateur poker player. It follows the ups and downs of two rounders Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) and Lester “Worm” Murphy (Edward Norton). Rounders are gamblers who hunt for high stakes underground poker games. 

The two are hunting high stakes poker games to pay off a debt they owe to a shady character. They won’t stop at anything, including cheating to win. Their lives literally depend on it because they only have five days to pay up. 

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (2003)

This movie is based on a true story of Stu Ungar, regarded as perhaps the greatest poker genius of all time. It follows Stu from his childhood to his multiple wins in the biggest poker event, the World Series of Poker championship.  

Stu won WSOP in 1980 and 1981 before sliding into addiction. He recovered and came back to win the event in 1997 in one of the greatest comeback stories in poker. It is a story of a gambler’s mixed fortunes, compulsiveness and confidence. 

The Cooler (2003)

A cooler’s job in land casinos is to stop players from winning too much, which is a loss to the casino. This movie follows Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) as a cooler in a Vegas casino. He has found love and is also working to reconcile with an estranged son. He is also trying to get off the cooler’s life and live as a more honest man. 

Mississippi Grind (2015)

Two amateur poker players Ben Mendelsohn (Gerry) and Ryan Reynolds (Curtis) embark on a journey they hope will make them a fortune from poker. They want to go to the big games in New Orleans where they hope to live like kings. But getting there proves harder than expected as they get stuck in the grind. 

If you love a good thrill, search these titles on Netflix and you will be in for great fun. 

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