EDITORIAL: Movies that like casino games and love roulette

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MOVIES THAT LIKE CASINO GAMES AND LOVE ROULETTE

Nothing says casino quite like a game of classic roulette. The spinning wheel and the gamblers placing wagers on their number of choice is one of the most iconic parts of casino visuals. Movies frequently tap into the glamour of the casino world by depicting favorite casino games like poker, blackjack and roulette.

Movies Have a Soft Spot for Casino Games

The latest movie to feature a casino fight scene is this year’s Black Panther – an elite force led by T’Challah take to a secret casino to discover who is trying to compromise Wakanda. Yet the king of casino scenes in movies is undeniably none other than James Bond himself. 007 likes Baccarat Chemin de Fer, although in movies he is more often depicted playing no-limit Texas hold’em poker. In his seminal movie Casino Royale, his card playing pastime evolves into a crucial element of the plot, as he beats villain Le Chiffre with a straight flush.

Although poker is the usual suspect, there are just as many great movie scenes that focus on roulette – one of the most popular games among gamblers. There are many variants of the game, including European roulette, which is played with across 37 numbers from 0 to 36, French roulette, which is very similar, and American roulette, which features the extra number 00. Movies use roulette scenes to stir excitement and suspense, as winning is usually significant for plot development.

Top Roulette Scenes in Movies

One of the most unforgettable roulette scenes can be found in 1942’s masterpiece, Casablanca. In one of the first films to feature the game, protagonist Rick played by Humphrey Bogart helps a young couple get enough winnings to buy visas to the United States by urging the man to bet on 22. As Rick owns the nightclub where the game takes place, the croupier gets what his boss is up to, and helps the young gambler win.

In 1998’s Run Lola Run, Lola tries to find 100,000 DEM in order to help out her boyfriend before he resorts to crime – but she has under half an hour to do so. In one of the alternate endings, she bets on 20 and wins – and then keeps on betting until she gets the desired amount, much to the dismay of seasoned punters around her.  These scenes are a perfect look at how casino games like roulette can be random and improbable – and change your life forever in the process.

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