Friday, September 29, 2006

Hollywood Loves Poker

Top Ten Poker Movies of All Time
Hollywood has long known a high stakes poker table is a powder keg of dramatic potential.’s sexy new poker flick, Aces the Movie, is the latest in a long line of poker classics. The popular online casino is celebrating the DVD release of Aces the Movie -- dubbed “the Charlie’s Angels of Poker” at the WSOP this summer -- with a gala star-studded event in Beverly Hills next week. Hundreds of L.A.-area players will attend the event – five of them flown in from all over the U.S. on VIP tournament prize packages.

The recently re-designed site features a tribute to Hollywood’s love for poker. The Top Ten Poker Movies of All Time has concise reviews of the poker classics.

Matt Damon revived the poker movie genre in Rounders (1998), but Hollywood has been fascinated by poker and poker culture since Hopalong Cassidy saved the day by posing as a newbie poker player in Sunset Trail (1939),and Gene Autry starred in the classic poker murder mystery, Loaded Pistols (1948). In Maverick (1994), Mel Gibson and Jody Foster needed $3000 dollars to enter a winner takes all poker tournament. California Split (1974) directed by Robert Altman (M*A*S*H) and starring George Segal & Elliot Gould, showed the day-to-day life of card-playing, sports-betting, sleep-till-noon gamblers. Like the main character in Aces the Movie, the heroine in Big Hand for a Little Lady (1966) had never played poker before she sat down to the big table. Steve McQueen manages to get into the highest stakes game of his life in what most consider to be the ultimate poker classic, The Cincinnati Kid (1965).

“Poker isn’t just about rules and strategy,” said Manager Rene Quesada. “It’s a culture. With so many people playing poker online now, it’s a lifestyle that millions dream about.”

The retro Vegas-style online gambling site has sponsored and promoted ‘Aces the Movie’ all summer. Thousands of free DVDs have been given to new players and awarded as contest and tournament prizes.’s Top Ten Poker Movies
Aces the Movie (2006)
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Rounders (1998)
Big Hand for a Little Lady (1966)
Kaleidoscope (1966), Maverick (1994)
The Gambler (1980), California Split (1974)
The Sting (1973)
High Roller - The Stu Ungar Story (2003).

The complete Top Ten Poker Movie list is at:

As they say in the movies…

"If we shoot him, we won't have anyone to play with."
Wyatt Earp in Cheyenne Autumn

"A deck of cards is like a woman -- usually when you pick one up, you wish you hadn't."
Flame of the Barbary Coast

"When your opponent is holding all the aces, there's only one thing to do. Kick over the table."
Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964)

"Is this a game of chance?" "Not the way I play it, no."
W.C. Fields in My Little Chickadee

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