The Cincinnati Kid

The Cincinnati Kid The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 American film directed by Norman Jewison and starring Steve Mcqueen and Edward G Robinson. It tells the story about Eric “The Kid” Stoner ( Steve McQueen ), a downbeat poker player. He struggles to make his name in the Poker world, and this quest leads him to challenge Lancey “The Man” Howard ( Edward G Robinson ), who is considered the best poker player at that time.

Main Story

The Kid is an up and coming poker player in New Orleans in the early 1930s, but he wants to be at the top of his game and be considered the best poker player globally.

He hears that a world-class Poker player has arrived in town and sees it as a chance to finally become “The Man” by challenging him to a game. He is cautioned by Shooter, a friend of his who reminded him that he previously thought he was the best five-card stud player until he lost.

Howard organises a game with wealthy William Jefferson Slade, who secures Shooter’s services as the dealer. Howard wins $6,000 from Slade in a game that lasts 30 hours. This made Slade angry, and he tries to bribe Shooter into cheating in the Kid’s favour when the Kid plays Howard. Shooter declines, as he is an honest man, but Slade calls in Shooter’s $12,000 worth of markers and blackmails him by threatening to reveal damaging information about Shooter’s wife, Melba.

Howard and the Kid have their game, but the Kid tells Shooter not to cheat as he wants to win fair and square.

The Ending

Kid lands up losing the final game and walks away with a bruised ego.

Egos and being winners drive The Cincinnati Kid’s theme where players can win or lose as they take high-risk gambles with no guarantees. Of course movies are all about how far things can be taken, whereas the average real world experience of poker, roulette, slots or any other casino games are more about fun and moderation.

In the modern world the likes of Online Casino Bluebook bring a realistic and trusted casino experience to the fore and all in the convenience of your home, which can’t be bad. Movies are all about the extremes of a ‘thrill’, whereas with your own play, you can easily set limits and craft your own experience rather than worrying about anyone elses.

Specific to the theme of the movie, again online there is certainly no shortage of poker experiences, tournaments and the like. Some are for big money, some small, but all are enjoyable and appealing to players all over the world. Nowadays you can create your own Cincinnati Kid experience from the comfort of your own sofa!

The Colour of Money

The Colour of Money The Colour of Money is an American Sports film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film stars Tom Cruise and Paul Newman, with Helen Shaver, John Turturro and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, in supporting roles.

The film is predominantly about a high stakes game of nine-ball pool and a pool hustler.

The Main Story

A former pool hustler “Fast Eddie” (Paul Newman) decides he wants to return to the game but this time with a pupil. He meets talented Vincent (Tom Cruise) and sees that he and his girlfriend Carmen ( Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ) could become hustlers with a bit of guidance.

They form a partnership, and Eddie teaches Vincent how to hustle, and scam whilst Carmen lures players to the pool table. The 3 of them go on a tour through the country to hustle at the various pool halls.

However, Vincent’s tendency to brag and therefore warning potential players off and losing money, soon leads to a confrontation with Eddie.

Eddie has become frustrated with Vincent’s showboat antics, and the partnership is dissolved.

However, they get back together when Vincent agrees to rein in his bragging and arrogance.

Eddie is inspired to play again after watching numerous pool games, so he gets himself a pair of corrective sunglasses and has some modest wins.

The Ending

However, one day he gets taken by another pool shark and is left feeling humiliated. Eddie leaves town but leaves Vincent and Carmen with enough money to make it to Atlantic City.

The Colour of Money highlights hustling opponents and how their lives become consumed by mistrust and unhappiness, all for that adrenalin rush of winning.

The movie also has an ambiguity surrounding the female characters viewed as objects of comfort and fear and beings that these two men desire and loathe themselves for wanting.

Let It Ride

Let It Ride Intro

Let it Ride is an American comedy released in 1989 and directed by Joe Pykta. It is based on a 1979 novel called Good Vibes by Jay Cronley. It stars the well-known Richard Dreyfuss as Jay Trotter, Robbie Coltrane, Teri Garr, Jennifer Tilly and many more prominent actors. It’s about a loser cabbie who receives a hot betting tip from a friend leading to wins on every bet he places and how the perpetually upbeat attitudes of people can persist whether they are losing or winning.

The Main Story

The plot revolves around Jay Trotter, and his friend Looney, both washed out cab drivers. Looney has a hidden microphone in his cab and records his passenger’s private conversations. He hears two men talking about an upcoming horse race where unethical practices are at play by the owners and the trainer, and it’s a sure thing to win big. In the late 80s, prior to online sports betting or sites, hearing a ‘hot tip’ to some was like gold dust.

The two then go to the track where they place a $50 parlay on the horse, even though Trotter promised his wife he was quitting gambling the previous day. Trotters horse wins, and he receives a payout of $710. Now armed with a new sense of confidence he approaches the two men who Looney had the recording of and out of goodwill they give him another good tip on the next race. He again places a large bet and wins. Sensing it’s his lucky day he intends to “Let it Ride” parlaying all his winnings on every race. Trotter is arrested at the track due to mistaken identity, and this leads to a series of more lucky events unfolding and proving his loyalty and love for his wife. Again this movie less centred on casino games, like poker or slots for real money and more sport, but there are many similarities within these worlds.

The Ending

Many events unfold during the course of the day, but the main one is where Trotter places a final bet of $68000 (his total winnings) against his friend Looney’s advice. The race comes down to a photo finish with Jay having a perfect day as his horse once again came in first. In terms of gamblers movies it’s fairly wholesome and definitely an enjoyable watch.