Tobey Maguire -who will be playing Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby (2012), directed by Baz Luhrmann, acting as the narrator, a graduate from Yale in this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel- competed on the first day of the World Series of Poker no-limit Texas Hold 'em at the Rio Hotel & Casinoon 28th July, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 8,500 players joined the event. The final nine players competed for the top prize of more than USD 11.5 million on the final table. Maguire survived days 1a, 2a and 3 but was eliminated in 292nd place on the fourth day, taking $39,445 in prize money.
In "Casino Royale" (2006) there are thrilling adventures and romance amidst rounds of poker culminating in an engrossing high-stakes poker game in Montenegro. In a fight scene Vesper “Money Penny” Lynd (Eva Green) assists James in helping to beat one of the villains.
The pace changes when Bond meets the Treasury's Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) ahead of a poker game against an international money launderer Le Chiffre. Eva Green is a great asset in "Casino Royale", first reluctant to get involved with Bond, and later helping him in eloquent manners. She subverts Bond girl cliches and gives us a female character bluffing her way through poker and later a love story.
Sharon Stone as Ginger McKenna in "Casino" (1995).
Based on the book by Larry Shandling and Nicholas Pileggi, "Casino" was directed by Martin Scoresese, starring Robert De Niro as Sam "Ace" Rothstein, a character based on Frank Rosenthal, who ran casinos in Las Vegas in the 70’s, most notably the Stardust casino (gambling, poker games, etc.)
Jodie Foster plays in "Maverick" (1994) a scheming southern belle and a skillful poker player. Bret Maverick (Mel Gibson) is attempting to enter a five-card draw tournament to prove that he is the best poker player. He needs an additional $3,000 to participate in the $25,000 event. In the town of Crystal Rivers he meets two other poker players: Foster’s Annabelle and Angel, played by Alfred Molina.
The tournament hits a high point when it’s down to three players: Maverick, Angel and The Commodore: While the odds of Gibson’s Ace of Spades draw are low (52 cards in a deck) the Commodore has four of a kind (eights) and Angel has a low straight flush. In the third act, the poker fans will be delighted since the interactions are all secondary to the poker action, which is some of the best captured on film.
Paul Newman playing poker in "The Sting" (1973)
After Henry Gondorf (Paul Newman) and John Hooker (Robert Redford) spot Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), a high-stakes gambler during a poker game, they come up with a cunning method of manipulating him into placing sure bets on fixed horse races.
"The Sting" on Top 250 #99 in Imdb List won 7 Oscars in 1974 - Best Picture, Best Director: George Roy Hill, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published: David S. Ward, Best Film Editing: William Reynolds, Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Julia Phillips became the first female producer to win the Best Picture category.
The incorporation of gambling, casinos, poker and other games in movies goes all the way back to the 1930's with "Gambling Lady" starring Barbara Stanwyck.
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