What makes casino movies so engaging?

For many decades, Hollywood directors have acknowledged the appeal of movies set within the glitz and glamour of casinos. Whether it’s a multi-million-dollar heist or a more strategic plan to ‘take the house down’, there is a growing relationship between casinos and gambling and the box office.

The online and offline gambling industries are more buoyant than ever, particularly online. The size of the online gambling market will grow almost three-fold from 2009 to 2020, according to Statista, who claim the market will be worth $59.79bn by the turn of the next decade.

But what makes the general public so enchanted by the casino industry when it comes to the big screen? In truth, it’s probably due to the huge range of emotions that a casino-themed movie can evoke within us. Not only can they excite and thrill us, with the chase and spin of a roulette wheel making or breaking characters, they can also shock and sadden us, and it’s that broad spectrum of feelings that affect the human psyche which makes casino-themed movies so addictive and engaging.

Take the modern-day casino hits such as 21, featuring a team of young mathematics students who club together to count cards and rake in the profits at the blackjack tables despite the fear of being caught out by the house – and the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy, with Danny Ocean’s devious crack team planning to steal millions of dollars from a Las Vegas casino vault. These films feature fast-paced action and individuals that are attempting something extraordinary.

It’s that pace of action which the fast-growing online casino industry is attempting to replicate with their latest range of iGaming software. Players that play roulette online at William Hill Live Casino now get the exhilaration of playing in real-time with games streamed in high-definition quality; with the ability to experience every spin and heart-stopping bounce of the roulette ball just like a Hollywood movie star.

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Aside from the thrills and spills of casino-themed movies, it’s also the location of such films that capture the imagination of fans around the world. From the neon lights and 100 mile-an-hour Las Vegas lifestyle to the decadence and mystique of Monte Carlo and even gritty back-street bars such as the one featured in the Matt Damon classic Rounders, they are all hugely fascinating settings that create feelings ranging from excitement and awe to fear and vulnerability.

Casino-themed movies have such a stellar reputation too within the movie industry that they attract actors and actresses of the very highest calibre. From Matt Damon, George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean’s Eleven to Daniel Craig in Skyfall and Steve McQueen in the iconic The Cincinnati Kid, the gambling movie genre seems to have everything one looks for in an entertaining movie – big characters and big storylines. It’s human nature to be excited by the thrill of the chase; attempting to risk something in pursuit of even richer rewards. Casino-themed movies never fail to generate some form of reaction from film buffs – you’ll either love or hate them and that’s why film directors will continue to shoot them for that innate reaction.

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