Top Five Poker Shows on Netflix2 years ago
Netflix is a full to the brim with great choices for your evening’s entertainment. There’s also plenty to pick from if you want something connected to poker, or even gambling in general. As poker players we also all secretly enjoy to watch the occasional piece of degen behaviour when it comes to gambling. There’s something here for everyone.
KidPoker – 2015
This is the Daniel Negreanu story filmed in documentary style after his induction into the Poker Hall of Fame. Charting his rise to the pinnacle of the game, we get to see a glimpse behind the scenes at exactly how it all came together.
We also learn how he maintains the best version of himself possible, because it’s no secret that Negreanu has come in for some stick about not being able to compete with the younger generation these days.
A great piece of cinema, even if you’re not a massive fan of the man himself. Worth a watch.
No Limit – 2006
This is a fun look into the world of high-stakes tournament action by two independent filmmakers. Made during the height of the poker boom we get to see the excitement behind what poker players are chasing day-after-day.
Big names from poker such as Mike Sexton and Doyle Brunson feature to give their opinions on the game that transformed their own lives.
Win It All – 2017
This Netflix original movie is a fictional comic look into the life of a gambling addict. Eddie Garrett, played by Jake Johnson, is rebuilding his life after gambling away $50,000 that wasn’t his. Things are going well until a friend arrives at his house with a duffel bag stuffed with bank notes, and asks him to take care of it while he goes to prison.
There’s not a great deal of poker in the movie, but the themes are all relevant to the gambling industry and there’s plenty of laughs.
Killing Them Softly – 2012
This all-star movie has it all. We have a mob protected poker game that is robbed by three nobodies and Brad Pitt is on the case to restore order as an enforcer. Ray Liotta and the Soprano’s James Gandolfini play big parts in the story of the mob’s efforts to show that they won’t be messed with.
Full on Hollywood blockbusters that touch on the gambling world are quite rare, especially starring names such as these. This is an excellent production and definitely one you shouldn’t miss.
Cold Deck – 2015
This modern thriller is all about a compulsive gambler’s agreement to rob a high-stakes poker game hosted by a rich banker, Turk. Bobby is neck deep in a long losing streak and accepts an offer to pull off the heist from a local gangster.
After successfully getting away with the money, Turk is determined to get his revenge and Bobby is now in fear for his life.
Although cliché ridden, this is still a decent choice if you can ignore the cheesiness of the actual poker.
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