Gaming films make for great entertainment. Whether it’s a film about a casino heist like the Ocean’s 11 or a MI6 spy gambling in a casino as part of his mission, they never fail to entertain us.
The casino scenes in movies are directed with an intention to create intense drama, thrill, and suspense. It is here that the audiences are more hooked than any other part of the movie.
You’d be more nervous than the actor sitting at the blackjack table already having drawn two cards and still asking to ‘hit me’. And then, just when you thought he’s about to lose it all, he beats the house and wins big.
Now, this makes us wonder if it’s all too good to be true. There are many movies that come very close to a real-life depiction of casinos. Nevertheless, there is still a fictional element to most of these scenes.
Let’s find out how reality is different from fiction in gaming films:
Card counters will be banned
If you’ve watched the Hollywood movie 21, you know how counting cards can help gamblers win big. Based on a real-life story, 21 features a group of university students who figure out a way to win millions by counting cards at the blackjack table.
While in real life, card counting is not illegal per se, casinos do not like this practice and will have such players banned.
Even the Best online casinos have measures in place to not allow the players to cheat the system. And hence, such scenes in movies are really just fiction even when they are based on real-life stories.
Physical tells don’t often give players away
Here is another most common cinematic element in gaming films with poker scenes. The smartest gambler in the room is shown to figure out whether someone is bluffing solely based on their physical tells.
This makes the hero of the film seem much smarter and clever – just what the writers intended to do. However, in real life, physical tells are a lot harder to identify and if you were to base your decisions only on them, you’d end up very frustrated.
In real life, poker players consider betting patterns to understand whether a player is bluffing or not.
Poker players with great hands
In movies where they show professional players on a poker table, they’ve always got great hands. That is fictional and not entirely true. Great poker hands are useful from a cinematic perspective as they add more drama to the scene.
In movies, we see players getting a Royal Flush. Now that is something we almost never see in real life. The probability of a Royal Flush is 0.000154%!
Movies can go to any extreme when it comes to creating drama through fiction. Take Casino Royale for example. This epic Bond film showed players with a flush, two full houses, and a straight flush all in the same game.
Chances of that happening in real life? 18 trillion to one!
Winning a progressive jackpot slot machine with a single coin
That would be great if it were true, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, it is purely fictional and only seen in the movies. In the rom-com What Happens in Vegas, there is a scene where Ashton Kutcher’s character wins the jackpot by inserting just a single coin into a progressive jackpot slot machine.
In reality, he would have only won a thousand coins as was seen in the slot machine’s play table. You are not eligible to win the jackpot on such progressive slot machines unless you place the maximum bet. In the case of this particular movie, Kutcher’s character would have been eligible for the jackpot only if he had inserted two coins.
No-limits table – Real or fiction?
This is probably one of the oldest and widely known movie myths about casinos. In movies, the big rollers are seen to be betting millions of dollars at no-limits table. In reality, there are no no-limits tables in a casino.
Every table at the casino has a limit and high-rollers can find themselves a table with higher limits.
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