The Top Gambling Moments In Popular Culture

As a widespread pastime, gambling is something that most people try out at least a couple of times during their lifetimes. It’s therefore no surprise that this activity is prominently represented in modern popular culture, such as on television and in movies. Those who wish to engage in online gambling rather than just watching fictional depictions of it can head over to Coral Mobile and wager from their smartphones or tablets in addition to their desktop computers.

When it comes to famous gambling scenes in film, it’s tough to forget about the climactic denouement in 1998’s “Rounders”: a movie revered by the poker playing community. After previous losses at Texas Hold’em caused him to go deeply into debt, Mike (Matt Damon) finds himself confronting nemesis Teddy KGB (John Malkovich) across the felt in an attempt to win back enough to satisfy his disreputable creditors, which include KGB himself. Recognizing a tell given off by his opponent, Mike is able to make a key fold, saving his chips and putting Teddy on tilt. Later on in the match, the protagonist makes a “nut” — or unbeatable — hand and traps his adversary for all the money. Thus clearing himself of his debts and making a nice profit besides, he presumably goes on to a lengthy and profitable career as a poker pro.

On a lighter note, episode 15 of season 6 of “The Simpsons” showed semi-regular character Krusty the Clown attempting to parlay a small fortune into a big payday by betting on sports. Unfortunately, this zany jester believed that he could collect immense profits by betting against the Harlem Globetrotters. Confronted by his accountant, Krusty could only exclaim, “I thought the [Washington] Generals were due!” Needless to say, his plans didn’t exactly work out as intended.

In the classic 1967 film, “Cool Hand Luke,” the titular character is played by Paul Newman. He gets sent to prison for vandalism. During a poker game with his fellow inmates, he bets big money all the way to the end of a hand, and his opponent folds. The other players turn over Newman’s cards and see that he had nothing. Explaining his actions, Luke states, “Yeah, well, sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand.” This is a philosophy that holds true not just in poker but also in life.

Even in as humble a medium as music videos, gambling has been prominent almost from the beginning. Way back in 1978, Kenny Rogers doled out some wise words of advice in his version of “The Gambler,” a song originally written a couple of years before by Don Schlitz. Taking the form of a conversation between a grizzled old card shark and a wet-behind-the-ears youngster, this ballad contains the famous lyric, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.” These words as still well-recognized today.

For decades now, gambling has cropped up in various pop culture productions of differing types and formats. This trend will almost assuredly continue into the future. Depictions of betting games can be exciting and memorable if done correctly.


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I hail from south Florida, watch anime, play Magic, I'm some what of a gamer and I read comics. I sometimes like a good horror movie every now and then. Zombies, vampires and werewolves are overrated.

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