Casinos have long appealed to film-makers, seeing them as captivating settings that offer a great backdrop for high-stakes drama, raw emotions and unforgettable moments. From the glow of slot machines to the heart-pounding suspense around the poker table, casinos provide a unique cinematic experience that has stolen our hearts for generations. If you’re a fan of gambling and cinema, these quotes are about to take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, making you revisit some of the best movie moments in cinema history. Oh, and chances are, they’ll also refuel your love for casinos and gambling. And if you don’t feel like getting all dressed up to go to a casino resort, you should definitely check out some online casinos from the comfort of your living room couch. There are plenty of providers offering live casino no deposit bonuses, so you get to recreate your own casino movie – at home!

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1. The Color Of Money (1986)

Martin Scorsese, Paul Newman, and Tom Cruise. What can you expect from a joint venture involving these three? One of the slickest pool hustler movies ever created. The Color of Money keeps the legacy of Fast Eddie Felson (played by the legendary Paul Newman) alive from the earlier classic ‘The Hustler’ (1959).

Fast Eddie might be retired from his hustling days, but he’s not done with the game. He’s now on the lookout for fresh pool talent to bet on. Along comes Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise), a young fellow who’s got potential written all over him. Fast Eddie decides to pass on his hustling wisdom to Vincent, guiding him through the art of the hustle.

Fast Eddie’s nugget of wisdom remains a classic among gambling movie quotes:

“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned”

Highlighting the thrill of gambling and hustle, this line captures the joy of receiving money without having to work hard for it. It underscores the surprise factor and the rush we get when beating the odds. With that extra boost of joy, money simply feels better.

2. Rounders (1998)

Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) loses a high-stakes poker game against the unbeatable Russian gangster Teddy “KGB” (John Malkovich). Despite promising his girlfriend Jo (Gretchen Mol) to quit gambling, Mike is drawn back in when his friend Worm (Edward Norton) needs help settling an old debt. After a cheating scheme goes awry, Mike realizes they owe a debt to Teddy and concocts a bold plan to outsmart him. The following quote by Mike cannot ring truer:

“I’ve often seen these people, these squares at the table, short stack and long odds against them. All their outs gone. One last card in the deck that can help them. I used to wonder how they could let themselves get into such bad shape, and how the hell they thought they could turn it around.”

These lines reflect the plight of poker players facing tough odds and their determination to turn things round, shedding light on the risks that are an inevitable part of the game.

3. The Croupier (1998)

This is the story of Jack Manfred (Clive Owen), a struggling writer turned croupier at the Golden Lion Casino. Developing skills and connections, he gets entangled with a fellow dealer, Bella (Kate Hardie), and a punter named Jani (Alex Kingston), leading to a heist plan. However, Jack’s girlfriend Marion (Gina McKee) gets to know about the plan and alerts the police. Amidst all this, we discover that Marion has been killed in a hit-and-run. We can’t help but wonder who the driver could have been and whether Marion’s murder was actually premeditated. We even start to question Jack’s integrity. However, although the protagonist’s honesty is dubious, his take on gamblers’ ultimate motives is on point:

“Gambling’s not about the money. Gambling’s about not facing reality, ignoring the odds”

This quote hints at how gambling provides an escape. While the primary aim of gambling is to win money, a gambler’s reasons may be deeper than that. Driven by the excitement and thrill of the game, punters may find in gambling a way of avoiding everyday problems. Therefore, they would be willing to overlook the poor winning odds of winning to get lost in a different world that offers more solace than their everyday life.

4. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

This heist flick follows Danny Ocean (George Clooney), freshly out of jail, as he plots a daring scheme: to snatch $163 million from the Bellagio casino’s unbreachable vault. But it’s not just about money for Ocean; he’s also aiming to win back his ex-wife (Julia Roberts) from the casino’s owner, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). With a smart team on his side, Ocean pulls off the theft. Yet, it remains to be seen whether he can also reclaim his ex-wife Tess by the end of the film.

The quote that stood out the most is Ocean’s response to Rusty (Brad Pitt) about his motive for the heist. Ocean’s confident words hit home.

“Because the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes, the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big, and then you take the house.”

It’s a line that hooks you, making you root for Ocean’s grand plan alongside the other eleven.

5. Two For The Money (2005)

This film brings together a great duo – Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey – as they explore the world of beating the odds. The film follows Walter Abrams (Pacino), the mastermind behind a successful sports consulting operation as he meets Brandon Lang (McConaughey), a former football star renowned for his knack of predicting winning bets.

Abrams takes Lang under his wing, leveraging his extensive connections and Lang’s predictive skills to rake in massive profits by handicapping football games.

The quote which struck us most is the one from Al Pacino’s profound speech:

“You know the best part of the best drug in the world isn’t the high. It’s the moment just before you take it. The dice are dancing on the table. Between now and the time they stop, that’s the greatest high in the world.”

Brilliantly summing up the thrill of anticipation, this quote highlights the power of the gambler’s rush, even going to the extent of comparing it to the boost that a drug can give you. According to Al Pacino, the best high you can get is from the moment before you actually experience the effect of the drug or that final sense of victory. Just like any aphorism, the idea behind it may be subject to debate, but its vivid portrayal of the lead-up to satisfaction remains profoundly compelling.

Author: Sunil Singh

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