Articles & Notes — July 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Popular casino scenes in movies: from “Gambling Lady” to “Casino”

de-niro-pesciCasinos mean many different things to movie makers.  Sometimes they are simply a vehicle that serves as a backdrop to the main action; sometimes they provide the main focus of the movie.

In fact ever since the movie industry began, gambling in one form or another has featured.

One of the first movies to take casino gambling seriously was “Gambling Lady” which starred Barbara Stanwyck.

Released in 1934 and directed by Archie Mayo, it tells the story of how Lady Lee, a woman from the wrong side of the tracks, becomes a successful yet inscrutably honest professional gambler.

Now very dated and rarely seen this gambling love story has a special place in cinema history.

Martin Scorsese is a modern director who created many popular casino scenes. In “GoodFellas”, which is considered to be one of the best gangster movies of all time, gambling was a motivating force along with drugs and sex, though in Casino it was the main focus.

“Casino” told the story of the rise and fall of mob operated casinos in Las Vegas and includes many memorable casino scenes. Had this planned remake of the 1974 movie “The Gambler” gone ahead, there would have been many more.

Casino scenes are also associated with James Bond movies, though the two that are most closely associated are Diamonds are Forever and Casino Royal.

The most popular of all Bond casino scenes is the final hand of poker in Casino Royal where Bond wins a pot estimated to be around $100 million, which is the biggest pot to be won either in movies or in real life (which was around $14 million).

To try and see if you can win the big jackpot yourself go to Jackpot city where there is a wide selection of traditional casino games like poker and blackjack.

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