Published On: Mon, Mar 18th, 2019

Facts About Gambling Movies

Over the last few decades, gambling movies have taken center stage in Hollywood. The gambling genre has produced some of the industry’s highest rated films in recent years, with titles like Casino Royale and Rounders still being popular among fans.

Hollywood has long been praised for its diversity, and the gambling genre has been no different with hit movies coming from the action, comedy, and thriller-themed films.

The team at Casino Sites produced an infographic which shows gambling movies to be hugely popular among fans and critics alike. The 2006 Casino Royale, for example, made $599 million at the box office with a high score of 95% from notoriously low-scoring critic site Rotten Tomatoes.

The 1980 hit movie Atlantic City also joins a prestigious list of movies to earn a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Here are a few interesting facts about two of the most popular gambling movies.


Rounders is a 1998 American gambling movie featuring high stakes of the underground poker world. John Dahl directed the movie starring youthful looking Matt Damon alongside Edward Norton playing two friends who need to win at poker to pay off large debts.

The film initially opened mixed reviews from critics and made just $22 million at the Box Office, but became increasingly popular in the early 2000s due to the poker boom.

Some interesting facts include:

  • The movie owes its origins to screenwriter Brian Koppelman. Similar to Matt Damon’s character in the movie, Koppelman had just lost a $750 bankroll at a casino and decided to write a story based on his experience.
  • Both Matt Damon and Edward Norton took part in the 1998 World Poker Series. Damon’s run was ended by legendary poker player Doyle Brunson.
  • Edward Norton’s character Lester ‘Worm’ Murphy was written to be a chain smoker, but Norton’s health principles meant it had to be written off the script as he refused to take up smoking for the character.
  • Very few viewers notice, but writers Brian Koppelman and David Levian actually made cameos during the film. They play extras that Damon’s character uses while practicing how to look for other people’s tells.
  • The film is set in New York, but almost the entire plot was shot in New Jersey. Only a handful of scenes were actually shot in New York.

The Hangover

The Hangover is an American comedy film released in 2009. It was directed and produced by Todd Phillips and Daniel Goldberg, and features an ensemble cast including Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Ken Jeong.

The film debuted on June 5, 2009, in the United States, racking up $467 million at the Box Office, thereby making it the second highest-grossing R-rated comedy film of all time. The film became an instant hit globally and went on to have two sequels.

Here are a few interesting facts:

  • Ed Helms’ character Stu spent a significant part of the movie with some of his teeth missing. The missing teeth required no special effect or movie trickery, as actor Ed Helms has an adult incisor that never properly grew. His detachable dental implants were easily removed during toothless scenes.
  • The beat-up Mercedes that the gang used in the movie was stolen during filming and was only recovered while a member of the movie’s production team noticed it in traffic.
  • Despite the film featuring heavy drinking, rather ironically,  actor Bradley Cooper is a teetotaler in real life and has been since he was 29.
  • Mike Tyson originally refused to appear in the film but changed his mind after a personal meeting with Todd Phillips at a nightclub in Vegas.
  • Lindsay Lohan was originally offered the role of Jade but turned it down. The producers also decided she may be too young for the role. Lohan later admitted to regretting her decision.  

To learn about other interesting gambling movies, check out the infographic below.

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