Gambling in the Theatre

Producers and directors often take a gamble in released a particular movie, hoping to capitalize upon trends and events that will interest the movie-going public. But now they are doing more than just gambling with the success of the movie itself: gambling and poker playing seem to be a recurring theme lately.

james bond movies“Casino Royale” and “Skyfall,” two of the last three James Bond movies featuring actor Daniel Craig as the famed British agent, included major underlying plot lines that revolved around poker games. The fictitious Casino Royale was set in the country of Montenegro, located in southeast Europe. During the poker scenes, the movie’s villain, a man called Le Chiffre, repeatedly used a thumb flip to maneuver his poker chips. He also exhibited a noticeable ‘tell’ that experienced poker player Bond picked up on and exploited immediately.

In “Skyfall,” the poker scenes took place in the fictional casino The Floating Dragon, located in Macau. The casino was based upon a real floating casino located in China.

The distinctive chips and poker cards lent an air of authenticity to the films. Cartamundi, a Belgium-owned business, created the infamous poker chips. Cartamundi is well renowned for its production of personalized playing cards and poker chips.

Another movie that has the poker-playing community holding its collective breath is “Runner, Runner.” This movie, set to be released in the fall of 2013, revolves around a Princeton graduate student, played by Justin Timberlake, who cracks an online poker gambling site. After losing a substantial sum of money, he tracks down the man he blames for cheating him. The business tycoon, played by Ben Affleck, offers the student a chance to make a fortune. The entire movie centers on the impact of unregulated internet poker.