Players, Bootleggers and Cowboys – Gaming in the movies

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The depiction of different eras through cinematic releases is one of the main reasons why the movie industry is such a thriving and popular form of entertainment. Viewers can engross themselves in a time period which they weren’t alive in to fully appreciate how everyday life has changed. The ever changing history of the casino is one sector to be portrayed in the movies, with films based on eras such as the Prohibition, the Cowboys and the Atlantic City movement of the 1970’s.

To celebrate how the gaming movement has changed throughout history, Ladbrokes Casino have put together a quiz so you can find out what gambling era you would be from. Will your gaming habits show you to be a Bootlegger, or an Ancient Roman?

So you can gauge a better idea of what these eras look like on the silver screen, here are some top films depicting three of the great casino periods:

The Cowboy – True Grit (2010)
Wild West casinos are depicted without any of the glamour seen in the more modern day flicks. True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, is a film about a 14 year old girl, Mattie Ross, who is hunting for the man who killed her father. He was killed trying to stop a fight between two men who had been playing cards – his murderer suspected his opponent had been cheating. In places where money is hard to come by, all stakes are high stakes.

The Bootlegger – The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
During the Great Depression of the 1920s, the up-and-coming poker player Eric “The Kid” Stoner (Steve McQueen) is trying to make it big in the poker world. Towards the end of the film, Stoner challenges Lancey “The Man” Howard (Edward G. Robinson), the best poker player around, to a final match. After an exciting and intense game, Stoner loses this game of high-stakes poker. He risked everything on a game of chance and didn’t end up making it big. The film takes some of the romance and hope out of casino games and highlights some of the dangers instead.

The Player – Casino Royale (2006)
In Casino Royale, her majesty’s agent is yet again on a top secret mission to save the world. The evil terrorist Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) is hoping to win a high-stakes poker tournament so that he can use the winnings to fund terrorist activities. Together with the lovely Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), Bond (Daniel Craig) tries to foil these evil plans by immersing himself in the world of high-stake poker. The casino is glamorous, beautiful and dangerous, as Bond ends up winning the intense tournament with an incredible winning hand.

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