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The thrill of a good poker game is what we all need, but sometimes we just can't make it happen. Instead, we can watch these top poker scenes in film.

The coolest movie poker scenes in history

There’s nothing more exciting than a good game of poker. Texas Hold’em, 5 Card Draw, Razz, no matter how you play it, it’s a good time. The thrill of the bluff, trying to trick your fellow players into folding, praying you get that one card to save your hand, it’s all exciting. If you can’t play in person, poker online is just as good at giving you a thrill. 

But if you’re too scared of losing money because your poker bluff isn’t that good, we get it. The thrill of a good poker game can translate well to film though, so you don’t have to miss out. Check out these top poker scenes in film if you want to enjoy the thrill of an intense poker game.


When Matt Damon’s Mike goes back into the underground world of poker to help his friend Worm (Edward Norton) get out of debt, you know it’s going to be good. And for sure, the epic climax game between Mike and Teddy KGB (John Malkovich) is definitely one of the most intense Texas Hold’em games we’ve ever seen. 

The Sting

Con men vs. mobsters is always a unique concept for a crime film, as you have the con men trying to steal from the mob. But when it’s Paul Newman and Robert Redford doing so, we’re in. Playing against the mob boss on a train ride, Paul Newman’s Henry is cheating his way to victory. But little does he know, so is Doyle (Robert Shaw). 

Ocean’s Eleven

No surprise, we’re putting some Brad Pitt and George Clooney on here. First off, because poker lessons from Brad sounds like a dream come true. But second, watching Danny Ocean team up with Rusty Ryan to scam these celebrities out of their money is just entertaining no matter how many times you watch it. 

House of Games

Is it cheating if you bring a psychiatrist to a poker game? Conman Mike (Joe Mantegna) is bringing Dr. Ford (Lindsey Crouse) to a game against his rival, hoping the doctor will help him win by reading his opponent’s body language and catching his bluff. But it turns out, the person being conned was Dr. Ford, not Mike’s rival. 

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Director Guy Richie has always been good about capturing the atmosphere of his settings, and man does he nail what it feels like to be playing poker with the guys. You can just smell the beer and cigar smoke in the air when watching the opening scene. Plus, this game kicks off the entire movie so it’s gotta be good. And you know it is. 

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