5 Gambling Documentaries You Won’t Want to Miss

5 Gambling Documentaries You Won’t Want to Miss
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Have you ever wondered what makes gambling so addicting? If you’ve ever gone on a bender and lost your rent money before realizing how many hours have gone by, you know just how powerful the draw of gambling can be. There are plenty of movies about gambling that capture that experience, but here are five documentaries about gambling you don’t want to miss if you’re curious about why the draw can be so strong in some people. 

Drawing Dead: The Highs & Lows of Online Poker

Drawing Dead: The Highs & Lows of Online Poker follows the 2004-2009 rise and fall of online poker in the United States. The documentary revolves around two individual who were both addicted to gambling. 

Dusty Schmidt was a golfer, but after he was forced to give up due his health condition, he then turned to online poker and successfully earning great fortune. Michael Korpi Jr. who was a talented student, a star athlete and a musician but his addiction to poker will shatter his dreams.

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Best Raise Fold: The Story of Online Poker

Best Raise Fold tells the story of the rise and fall of online poker. It explains that poker is a game where you can know someone better than they know themselves. The film also explores on how the main characters get into gaming, showing why the game is a big hit for most players despite the loses they encounter.

It is a highly detailed historical account of the game and delves into the personal lives of three disparate characters with differing personalities. Their dramatic real-life stories provide perspective to what goes into the decision to play, the glamour and the fall it brings. This documentary will assist prospective gamblers and bring new awareness to Black Friday and the individuals impacted by it.

Cheating Las Vegas

Cheating Las Vegas is a documentary that explores the role of cheaters in casino gambling. The documentary takes an in-depth look at three high-stakes gamblers from America, China, and Russia and how they try to beat the house. The film features exclusive interviews with these cheaters and explores the questions what most gamblers and cheaters would like to know. The documentary shows security tapes and talking heads. A documentary that had successfully beat the security yet was eventually caught.

How have they done it? Was it as simple as pushing a button in his pocket or was there something else involved? And, most importantly for casino goers and those employed by casinos, what does it mean for their future security measures. Is there anything that can be done to prevent cheaters from getting in like these three men did, or is it just a matter of time before another person attempts a similar feat of genius again?

The Best of It

This documentary takes a deeper look at gambling addiction and the consequences of compulsive gambling, including what happens when people are so deep in debt, they have no choice but to steal, borrow or embezzle money. The documentary follows four gambling addicts who share their story and illustrate the hype, lows, and devastating effects of this compulsive behavior. 

It’s essential viewing for anyone struggling with a problem gambler in their life or for those looking for insight into how gambling can affect one’s life. As cliche as it may sound all good runs come to an end. 

Let It Ride

Let It Ride takes a close look at the world of horse racing. The show follows the lives of three gamblers and their families, exploring what compels them to gamble and the consequences they face when they do. This documentary takes viewers inside one woman’s journey from addiction to sobriety, showing her struggles with gambling addiction, her husband’s addiction, and her family’s financial struggles. One thing that stands out in this film is the ways that gambling is marketed: we are told that it will bring us closer to others and make us feel like a part of something bigger than ourselves.


Although gambling is still commonly associated with betting shops on the high street, these days, you don’t have to step foot outside your front door to play the casino. All leading gambling brands have sites that are accessible from Canada and any other part of the world where gambling is legal.  As the internet has enabled a dramatic rise in online gambling, the leisure pursuit has become embedded into modern culture, giving an image of carefree fun and accessibility. 

But what many people do not know is that behind this seemingly harmless activity lies addiction, deception and even death. These documentaries are also great educational tools because they teach you how to win and lose money responsibly, which can be helpful when dealing with casinos in real life!

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