In order, based on the seating at a regulation tournament table, these poker scenes offer a window into the labyrinthine world of cold decks, scare cards and collusion. An undelivered Cutty Sark and water ends in eventual death for sycophant Spider Michael Imperioli because at the poker table, establishing dominion does wonders for bluffing success. The first involves a sickly looking Doc Holliday as portrayed by the incomparable Val Kilmer.
With no crisis lines or Promises Malibu rehabilitation facilities, Doc relies on his gold digging lady friend to keep him straight. An adroit rebut, indeed. Quick witticism secures your cutoff seat. The lesson gleaned from this scene is two-fold. Endurance poker is bad for the heart and second, poor sportsmanship never goes unpunished. Are they playing poker in this clip? Yes, but who cares. Now, jerk that pistol and go to work.
It gets the hijack seat for three reasons: Newman rears his pretty little head for the second consecutive time as Henry Gondorff, a superlative con artist. It also demonstrates the importance of really committing to a character. Playing a sloshed clod requires foresight and, most crucially, believable props.
Poker pro Scott Nguyen most likely based his entire career on this principle. He runs an underground New York poker room, which presumably means he knows a thing or two about poker. Mike checks and Teddy raises, but not before engaging in a weird—and now legendary—Oreo ritual. Blatant tell shenanigans advance from there.
In the below clip, Hawkes demonstrates his zero tolerance for cheating mentality against a scallywag attempting slight of hand with the aid of a holdout device. This early position match-up pits L. Outflanked and battling an unfavorable intimidation factor, Hoyte manifests a three of a kind over two pair. Normally, committing hand rankings to memory is a fairly crucial, albeit elementary poker practice.
But in this case, intimidation eclipses petty customs See the 4: Interestingly, Smiley and his friends have all experienced the distinct pleasure of butt violation and they seem pretty ok with it? As a rule of thumb, the prudent poker player shies away from home games involving b anal threats. Most poker games, even those with no-limit structures, maintain a table stake rule. Basically, a player can only bet the amount they have on the table at the beginning of a hand.
Moriarty take no-limit to literal heights. Three Card Brag, first off, hardly deserves a place amongst the ranks of other skilled poker games. Whoa, whoa, whoa there Hatchet. Poor form old sport. Bond finds himself posting the big blind through no fault of his own.
Fancy Die Vest dealer deserves the slap on the wrist in this instance. And poof, like that, after Sean Connery worked so tirelessly to make lady hitting look seamless, the fourth wall comes crashing down. To The Kid goes the small blind—the likelihood of this sub-zero cooler happening in a heads-up Five Card Stud game is something the equivalent of giving birth to twins who turn out to be Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day Lewis.
Two for Best Actor and one for Best Supporting? Young card players, heed the moral of this cautionary tale. Never discount the old fogey at the table and always remember that skill only goes so far with that fickle mistress called poker.