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3 Famous Gamblers of Cinema

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Le Chiffre – Casino Royale

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Jack Manfred - Croupier

3 Famous Gamblers of Cinema

Gambling is only for the most daring. The thrill of being the winner, the excitement of seeing money pour into your pockets, makes adrenaline run through everybody’s veins. Of course, movies portray those characters as cunning and sometimes ruthless. Celebrating the series finale of the gambling action mini-series, Deadly Game, Eurochannel has selected three top gamblers in movies.

Le Chiffre – Casino Royale

A villain in every sense, Le Chiffre became one of the most popular characters of the Bond saga. Portrayed by one of Denmark’s greatest movie stars, Mads Mikkelsen, Le Chiffre is a cold-hearted terrorist banker whose mathematical genius almost kills James Bond.

In the 2006 James Bond film, Le Chiffre is a financier of international terrorism. After losing money when Bond foils one of his plans, the villain sets up and enters a high-stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro, in an attempt to recoup his losses before his clients find out that their money has been misappropriated. Bond is sent to make sure that Le Chiffre does not win back the money.

Jack Manfred - Croupier

Portrayed by award-winning actor, Clive Owen, in the role that rocketed the actor’s career to worldwide stardom, Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer struggling to make ends meet. At his father’s insistence and against his better judgment, he takes a job as a croupier. He then slips into the spiral of the gambling world, breaking the rules of the casino employing him and ruining his romantic life.

Jack eventually writes a successful book about a character based on his life as a croupier. However, he doesn't change anything, continuing to work as a croupier and living in his basement flat, not even buying the new car he dreamed of.

Raymond – Rain Man

One of Hollywood’s most memorable characters of all time, and probably the most famous gambler of this selection, Raymond Babbit’s an American man suffering from autism. What he lacks in social skills, he makes up for with his talent for numbers, becoming a human calculator . . . the perfect brain to take to a betting table.

In the movie, Raymond goes to Vegas with his brother, Charlie, and wins at blackjack by doing what he does best: counting cards!

 

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Raymond – Rain Man

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