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Pop-Culture Poker – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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Pop-Culture Poker – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

When it comes to culture and pop-culture, poker is easily one of the most influential games around. It is at the heart of so many stories, whether in print or on film; and, in the latter case, it has given us so many memorable scenes in so many great movies over the years.

That’s why we’re going to talk about a few of our personal favourite poker scenes in movies, starting today with:

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About the movie

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was Guy Ritchie’s debut film, and propelled him into the mainstream limelight. It also proved to be the launchpad for the acting careers of Vinnie Jones and Jason Statham, among others.

Importance of the scene

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The poker scene occurs very early on in the movie. Without going into too much detail so as not to spoil it for those of you who haven’t seen it, it actually sets the stage for the events that will play out over the remainder of the film.

Nature of the game

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The type of poker being played here is three-card brag, which is a simplified variant (or possibly even ancestor) of poker that also bears a number of similarities to our very own teen patti.

Why we picked it

Although the scene doesn’t last for very long, the reason we chose to talk about it is because it captures both the style and the tension of poker better than most movies do. The game is shot in a very stylized manner (which Guy Ritchie would go on to use in many other movies), with abrupt cuts and transitions accurately conveying the atmosphere of a high-stakes card game. In particular, the constant expressions and grimaces on the faces of the characters reminds you that poker is like nothing as much as walking a tightrope.

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Of course, it’s impossible to stay on that tightrope forever and that’s where the tension comes in. You can see how it ultimately gets to one of the players and proves to be too much for him, but it really comes through in the gripping final portion of the sequence.

(Oh, and the music deserves a mention here too – fantastic song choices which really add a lot to the scene.)

Though it’s a relatively short scene, the poker game in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels has an impact that far outweighs its length. Now, if you’re like us, you’re probably in the mood for some poker so just click here!

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