They can act themselves out of any situation. They are masters in the art of acting – and bluffing. Be at a lookout, because these are the top five actors who play poker.
5. Tobey Maguire
The 44 year old actor is a heavy-weight in Hollywood. He has shined in movies such as Spider-Man (2002), Brothers (2009) and The Great Gatsby (2013).
His movie career aside, Tobey has also had much success at the poker table. He has played since 2004 and is rumored to be a tough opponent online as well as offline. Perhaps his spider tingle helps him out when the cards are not in his favor.
4. Aaron Paul
Breaking Bad (2008) and El Camino (2019) star Aaron Paul has won several games and has even faced off against football legend Cristiano Ronaldo.
Aaron has even played in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in LA more than once.
3. Ben Affleck
Superstar Ben Affleck is a true pokerstar. He often appears in poker tournaments.
He is a tough opponent, but is known to be pleasant and forthcoming at the tables
(Who wouldn’t want to play against affleck).
The actor won The California State Poker Championship back in 2004 – he has since
shined in movies as well in the game we all love and cherish.
2. Matt Damon
The star of the poker-movie Rounders (1998) doesn’t just act the poker life. He lives it.
Matt has ever since the movie, made himself known and respected within the poker society. He is a role model for the game and for everyone who wants to play it.
You do not need a big screen to become an actor. Neymar is renowned for his skills with a ball – but also for how often he acts (injured) on the field. However, when it comes to poker, the footballer does not play around.
Neymar has played in both The World Series of Poker and The European Poker Tour Barcelona.
We (the EasyPoker team) have created a top 5 list of what we think are the Best Poker Movies ever made. A
favorite pastime of ours is watching poker movies. So pop some popcorn and enjoy the bests of bets and bluffs and watch with your fellow movie buffs (That rhymed. Unintentional.).
5. Oceans 11 (2001)
By Steven Soderbergh
The ratpack remake of the 1960’s movie of the same name, is a fast-paced American heist
movie – spiced with a dose of great one-liners such as: “We’re in Barney. Barney Rubble.
Trouble!”. Poker is far from the main-theme, but as the team hits the tables, we are introduced to
a world of gambling and the shiny lights of Las Vegas. This gives Oceans 11 a top five spot on our favorite poker movies list.
A favorite scene of mine is when Brad Pitt and George Clooney try to hustle a few ‘rookies’ in a
game of poker – that the rookies are portrayed as their real self actors, makes the scene even
more enjoyable to watch.
Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and oh so many other top notch actors.
IMDB: 7.8 (That’s pretty damn high)
4. Maverick (1994)
By Richard Donner
Mel Gibson is the slick gunslinger and poker player, Bret Maverick. When the submission for
a poker tournament is too high, Maverick finds himself in a desperate need of money. Throw
in a charming thief, high-pursuit horse chases and Maverick’s funny attempts of hustling
money and you’ll find yourself with one heck of a good poker movie.
Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner.
IMDB: 7.0 (A highly enjoyable watch with a great rating)
3. The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
By Norman Jewison
A modern David vs. Goliath, as a young and up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself
against the champ. Steve McQueen aka. The Cincinnati Kid goes head-to-head with Edward. G.
Robinson aka. Lancey Howard.
Women can’t resist him, men want to be him and poker players can’t call his bluff. It’s a
world of no limits and the Cincinnati Kid is taking it all, one game at a time. Working his way
up to the high-stakes table, Lancey Howard will see if the Cincinnati Kid is “all bark and no
Starring: Steve McQueen, enough said.
IMDB: 7,3 (An old dog can still learn you new tricks).
2. Casino Royale (2006)
By Martin Campbell
It seems as if tomorrow never comes with the dashing 007 Bond, James Bond that is. The
saga continues with Bond finding himself in the middle of high-stakes poker game. His
adversary is the always brilliant Mads Mikkelsen playing the “ball-crushing” Le Chiffre aka.
Mr. Number/The Cipher. Hot women, dry drinks and a poker movie that combines the best of
action with the intensity of calling someone’s bluff in a game of poker. All in all Casino Royale gets the second highest spot on our best poker movies list.
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judy Dench and Mads Mikkelsen.
IMDB: 8.0 (Chuck Norris doesn’t even score that high. Joke, of course he does).
1. Rounders (1998)
By John Dahl
This classic is old but gold and definitely deserves the top spot on our best poker movies list. The book smart, law-grad Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) gets
reunited with his, just prison released, best friend Worm (Edward Norton). When Worm
lands himself in some trouble, Mike has to return to the table to save his friend in a game of
poker. The movie devotes its love to poker, seen through the eyes of two young punks who
risk everything with the cards they are dealt.
It breaths poker in every sense and you feel the intensity rise with the flop, the turn and the
river. The movie is voted the best poker movie on IMDB as well, so trust the numbers.
Starring: Matt Damon and Edward Norton.
IMDB: 7,3 (Old but gold. Rounders still got it).
What do you think? Please let us know in the comments if we missed a great movie. Have a good time watching!
Up for a poker drinking game? Of Course you are, why else would you be here reading this? Here are the official rules for the EasyPoker drinking game (texas hold’em). This poker drinking game will get your buzz going in no time. Enjoy!
Poker Drinking Game // Basic Rules
Okay, let’s get started! Other than a poker set you’ll need:
- Beer (or your favorite beverage)
- A loser shot or beverage
You must drink every time you Fold or Lose a Hand. When a player goes Bust (aka. lose all chips) he or she will have to drink the loser shot or the whole loser beverage. That’s pretty simple.
Other than the basic rules for our poker drinking game, you must drink according to the events listed below. We guarantee that you will be drunk in no time!
Ace of Spades in the Community Cards:
Cheers! Everyone takes a sip.
Winning with a pair of twos (deuce):
The winner can point out any player to take an extra sip.
All players involved must finish their drink.
3 in the Community Cards:
Make a 3-2-1-GO countdown and point to a player. The person who gets the most fingers pointing at them drinks.
Winning with a bluff/high card:
Everyone takes a sip (except the winner).
A Queen in the Community Cards:
All women must drink. (Bonus: if no girls are playing then make a countdown and point to a player. The guy with the most points drinks.)
A King in the Community Cards:
All men must drink.
When a player goes All In:
Drink! All players must take a sip.
Winning with a Pocket Aces:
The whole table (including the winner) must finish the rest of their beverages. Cheers!
Looking for some interesting poker podcasts to listen to? Then you have come to the right place. We (the team behind EasyPoker) have created this list with our 7 favorite poker podcasts. Our goal is to update the list every month.
Red Chip Poker Podcast
By Red Chip Poker
The Official Red Chip Poker Podcast focuses on coaching poker on the go. The podcast will learn you new plays and awesome concepts from some of the best coaches Red Chip Poker has to offer.
Listen to The Red Chip Poker Podcast here.
Just Hands Poker
By Jackson Laskey & Zach Resnick
This is personally one on my favorite poker podcasts. The podcast give their listeners the opportunity to get under the skin of real life high stakes poker players and how they discuss and analyse poker hands. Just Hands wants to give professional insights that up and coming poker player can implement into their own game.
Listen to Just Hands Poker here.
By The Poker Guys
In this poker podcast Grant and Jonathan breakdown big time poker hands and strategies. The podcast comes out twice a week and helps aspiring poker players to really understand the big game.
Listen to The Breakdown here.
Full Contact Poker
By Daniel Negreanu
Also one of my favorite poker podcasts – Mainly because of Daniel.
Although this is not 100% about poker (occasionally hockey stuff are mixed in) it’s still very interesting to get Daniel Negreanu’s perspective on breakdowns of hands, poker news and the poker game in general.
Listen to Full Contact Poker here.
By Bruce Briggs & Robbie Strazynski
This podcast is, unlike most poker podcasts on this list, 100% home game themed. The podcast features lots of fun stories and interviews – all about the excitement of the home poker game.
Listen to Top Pair here.
Smart Poker Study
By Sky Matsuhashi
Sky Matsuhashi’s mission is to make you a better poker player through simple and effective play and study strategies. I think Smart Poker Study is a really interesting poker podcast with easy to swallow content, strategies, analysis and interviews.
Listen to the podcast here.
The Postflop Poker Podcast
By Merv Harvey
The Postflop Poker Podcast offers insights and learnings that can be taken on by everyone. The podcast aim to improve your overall game and learn you how to take new plays and concepts directly to the poker table.
Listen to the podcast here.
Are we missing your favorite poker podcasts?
Then please leave a comment (or mail) telling us about the podcast and why it’s missing on our list!