For some players who can’t get to a live poker room because of the coronavirus quarantines, online poker can help to fill the void. But, if you don’t happen to live in one of the four states where real money online poker is legal (Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania), getting your poker fix may come down to watching some great poker and gambling-related movies on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Thankfully, there’s plenty of content — including the following five films — to help keep even the most die-hard player entertained.
I know everyone is going through a tough time during the current global health crisis, and many of you are stuck at home, bored out of your mind, especially if playing online poker isn’t an option where you are.
So, if like me, you’re looking for your next poker fix, you can check out some of my favorite gambling-related movies available using your Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions.
Why These Poker Pics Hit the Spot
Without question, I think the greatest poker movie of all-time is “Rounders.” Ever since I noticed it was on Netflix a few months ago, I’ve watched it at least two or three times. And, heck, I just might watch it again tonight because why not?
While the other movies in the above video can’t (in my humble opinion) match the brilliance of “Rounders,” they’re still quite entertaining. Vince Van Patten’s “7 Days to Vegas” is a fun movie, especially for those who love extreme prop bets. The long-time WPT announcer proves he can shine as brightly on the big screen as he does in the broadcast booth.
A film I just recently discovered is “The Grand,” and I’m not sure how I’d never previously heard of it. You have to go into this one with low expectations and just understand that it’s a goofy film with a cheesy plot. The movie was clearly intended to mock poker players, but it’s actually quite comical and provides plenty of laughs.
“Mississippi Grind” has always been an underrated poker flick. If you’ve ever gone broke or struggled to stay afloat as a poker player — and who hasn’t — you’ll definitely enjoy this one.
And the last movie on my Fav 5 is “21,” which is based on a true story about the MIT blackjack team that crushed Vegas. The only downside to “21” is that it stars accused sexual predator Kevin Spacey. But it’s still one of the most intriguing gambling movies of all-time.