Stan’s Lists – Movie Taglines

[SS] “As useless as chip tricks are, this list is even more useless…”, Stan the Stat suggested. “Poker-related movie taglines.”

[RR] “But some of these movies actually have nothing to do with poker, right?” Roderick the Rock noted.

[SS] “Yep. I’ll separate those into their own list eventually.”

Movie Year Tagline
Cool Hand Luke 1967 Sometimes, “Nothing” can be a really cool hand.
Rocky 1976 His whole life was a million-to-one shot.1
Kenny Rogers as The Gambler2 1980 You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.
Maverick 1994 In their hands, a deck of cards was the only thing more dangerous than a gun.
Casino 1995 Luck has nothing to do with the games they play.
Rounders 1998 You’ve got to play the hand you’re dealt. (Also, “Trust everyone… but always cut the cards.”)
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 They lost half a million at cards, but they’ve still got a few tricks up their sleeve.
Ocean’s Eleven 2001 Are you in or out?
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story 2003 Gambler. Addict. Loser. Legend.
Lucky 2003 The odds keep getting odder.
Casino Royale 2006 Always bet on Bond.
Even Money 2006 Life is a gamble. How much are you willing to risk?
All In: The Poker Movie 2009 Get in the game.
The Hangover 2009 Some guys just can’t handle Vegas.
50/50 2011 It takes a pair to beat the odds.
The Hunger Games 2012 May the odds be ever in your favor!
The Odds 2012 You never know who’s got the killer hand…
Runner Runner 2013 You have no idea who you’re playing with (Also, “Know when to walk away”)


  1. This could apply to Chris Moneymaker, or almost any of the amateurs who have won the World Series of Poker Main Event.
  2. The tagline for this made-for-television movie comes straight from Kenny Rogers’ song, “The Gambler”, on which the movie is based.

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