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(Above, Right) Tombstone
Doc Holliday versus Johnny Ringo. Tombstone, Arizona, a place where legends were made at the poker table and out on the street with six-shooter in hand. Kurt Russell, as Wyatt Earp, and Val Kilmer, as Doc Holliday, star in this gritty western that depicts the famous gun battle at the OK Corral. Holiday was known as a legendary gambler and gunfighter and in this movie Kilmer is often times seated at the poker table.

Dead Man's Hand:  'Aces & 8's' was the last poker hand Wild Bill Hickok ever played.  He was holding two pair when he was shot in the back.  Legend has it, Wild Bill usually sat with his back to the wall so he could scout the entire room. On this particular night, however, that seat was taken and he wqas forced to sit with his back to the door.

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story
This 2003 biopic on the life of Stu Ungar, three-time world champion of poker and perhaps the greatest ever, is also known as Stuey, it's alternate title. The film features cameos from the likes of Vince Van Patten, Andy Glazer and Al Bernstein. The book, One of a Kind by Nolan Dalla, is much better and makes this film a bit of a disappointment.

(Left) Scene from the movie High Roller, a classic bluff.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
The lads have found themselves in a little hot water, in over their heads, in debt to a crime boss half-a-million dollars after being cheated during a poker game.  The crime boss had cameras set up and was using a spotter to determine the protagonist’s hole cards.  The kid had no chance. Poker plays a very small role in the film but it is a violent, well-written gem from Guy Ritchie.

The cast is terrific!  What a line-up; Jodie Foster, An extremely hip Robert Garner, of The Rockford Files, and Mel Gibson. The movie’s climax is centered on a high-stakes poker game and features an unbelievable final hand.  Gibson, plays the hand ‘blind’ and makes a Straight Flush.

A Big Hand for a Little Lady
An amusing comedy starring Henry Fonda, an impoverished farmer who hauls his family off to the lush green and prosperous valleys of California.  Along the way, he stumbles across a juicy game; the mother of all poker games, problem is he doesn’t know how to play. (1966) 

Quote: "Now look, mister, the first rule of the game of poker, whether you're playing Eastern or Western rules, or the kind they play at the North Pole, is put up or shut up!"

Loaded Pistols
The lights go off in the middle of an action-packed poker game and someone is shot and killed.  It's up to Gene Autry to save the innocent hothead accused of the crime. Autry’s sweet singing voice is on display for all to hear.  (1948) 

Quote: (Gene Autry singing) "The sharpies were taking him for fair,” he said,  “I’m wise this here game ain't square.  I mean them loaded dice just ain't gonna do, Cause I've got something else that's loaded too.'"

Warren Beatty stars in this 1965 film about a conniving but loveable scoundrel who decides to break into the factory that makes the cards and mark them so only he can read them.  His character is the loveable Barney Lincoln.

So many epic movies on television and the big screen. Epic moments, epic characters and epic bluffs too. High Roller Radio takes a look at some of the top poker and gambling movies ever made; from Rounders to Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels to Maverick.

Do you have a favourite?

Did you know?
Doyle Brunson's Super/System had a different title when it was first published in 1978. It was called How I Made Over $1,000,000 Playing Poker.

Lady Luck at Beau Rivage
At Beau Rivage Casino, a woman placed a $5 chip on #36 at the roulette wheel and hit the longshot at 38-to-1 (even though it pays 35-to-1) for $175. She collected her money and left a $5 chip on the same number. Unbelievably, it landed on #36 again. She won another $175 with this deeper longshot, nailing the number twice in a row, at 1,400-to-1. Again, she collected her money and left a $5 chip on #36 and, you guessed it, hit it again. Three in a row? Only 54,872-to-1!


(Left) Casino Royale
The name is Bond – James Bond.  Daniel Craig, in his first mission as 007, must win a poker game at the Casino Royale, in Montenegro, to stop a criminal who works as a banker for a terrorist organizations and thwart a worldwide crime spree. His opponent has a ‘tell’ - his eye tears up - and Bond uses it to his ultimate advantage.

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Lucky You

A poker movie, featuring some big name actors and poker players, but it's not the best!


Great documentary on one of poker's oldest variations; Omaha. 

The Grand

A funny poker mock-umentary focussing a huge buy-in, winner-take-all, poker tournament.