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3 Gambling Movies Now Available to Stream


21 (Netflix)

The number 21 denotes a significant birthday, but also has strong links with the popular card game, Blackjack. Based on a true story, we follow several MIT students who are taught the art of card-counting in order to win big in 21. They make millions in the process, opting to forgo online casinos that offer bet bonus codes in favour of taking Las Vegas in person and in style. Starring Jim Sturgess as Ben, a smart young man with great ambition and a desire to secure a scholarship, he plays the lead in this fact-based crime drama.

Trying to raise $300,000 to transfer to Harvard School of Medicine and ultimately realise his dream of becoming a doctor, he finds a way forward after being introduced to a maths professor and a secret card-counting club. Learning the skill, driven by the desire to pay for his studies and learning a unique signal system, this gambling film dramatises the man's rags-to-riches tale. Supported by Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne and Josh Gad, it's a sturdy crime drama about beating the odds and placing high-stakes bets.

Two for the Money (Netflix)

Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey star in Two for the Money, a sports drama directed by D.J. Caruso, which centres on the world of sports gambling. We follow Brandon, a former college football player, who develops a talent for picking winners after an injury sidelines him for good. The young hot shot is recruited by Walter, head honcho of a sports consulting firm. Serving as an apprentice to the slick businessman, it's not long before they're making an absolute killing.

Following a similar concept to Wall Street with Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas, the film deals with the promising Lang whose in-depth knowledge skyrockets his career and fast new lifestyle to the point of clashing with Walter's personal affairs. Steered by these two charming big-name actors, the film's meandering plotting relies quite heavily on talking the talk without walking the walk. Supported by the likes of Rene Russo, Armand Asante and Jeremy Piven, it's a rock solid ensemble, in a betting movie that comes up shy against bigger and better sports dramas.

Safe Bet (Showmax)

The South African action comedy tells the story of two friends who get in over their heads. When Khaya arrives on the scene with yet another get-rich-quick scheme, Frank, his lifelong buddy caves in... risking everything by betting a stash of money in his care on a fixed boxing match. This action-packed misadventure tests the bonds of friendship as two buddies go on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of a furious and well-connected boss.

Starring Wandile Molebatsi, Godfrey Thobejane, Luthuli Dhlamini and Jerry Mofoken, this award-winning South African action crime comedy feature deals with the allure of greed as an honest man forgoes his simple life for the opportunity of a lifetime.