More than half of adults in the West Midlands wish they could shuffle cards - like they do into the movies
More than three in 10 film fanatics in the West Midlands feel poker scenes make a movie more enjoyable - and 23 per cent feel inspired to dabble in the game themselves.
A study of adults in West Midlands revealed poker, roulette and blackjack as the top casino games to watch in a film, accompanied by an an unexpected twist, intensity and high stakes.
Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas was voted the most popular casino to visit around the world, closely followed by Monaco’s Monte Carlo and the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
While 63 per cent wish they could shuffle cards just like they do in the movies – with 19 per cent considering their shuffling skills ‘good’.
And 47 per cent of those polled admire the skill of professional poker players.
In response to the results, Magician Henri White has partnered with Lottoland.co.uk, which commissioned the research, to create a video showing exactly how to shuffle a deck of cards – just like they do in the movies.
Iconic moments in film
The expert shuffler shares how to look like a professional when dealing before a game of blackjack or poker – or even just showing off to your friends.
He guides you through pub style beginners’ shuffles, all the way up to casino shuffles and magician’s tricks.
The techniques look hard to master, but the key is in the slight pull of the cards, a flicking motion – and even a click of the fingers.
Henri said: “Magicians shuffle cards with flair and panache – it’s not all about the effectiveness of a shuffle but the way it looks to an audience.”
A spokesperson for Lottoland.co.uk, which commissioned the research to mark its casino products, said: "There are so many iconic movie moments, but nothing beats a tense poker scene where someone could walk away with millions or nothing.
“Whether it’s poker, blackjack or roulette, casino games can be so entertaining – although it looks like a lot of people would rather watch the expert shuffling over the gambling.”
The perfect shuffle
The results also revealed the top movie gambling scenes of the West Midlands – with James Bond's tense poker game in Casino Royale coming out on top.
The high stake five card draw in 1973 film ‘The Sting’, starring Paul Newman and Robert Shaw, came in a close second, while the famous card counting scene in The Hangover wrapped up the top three.
Other memorable casino film scenes on the list included iconic film Rain Man, starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, and when Brad Pitt’s character in Ocean's Eleven teaches celebrities how to play poker.
The study showed 32 per cent believe they have a good poker face, although only 16 per cent consider themselves to the ‘good’ at the game.
Not understanding the rules, not being good at reading people and an inability to hide emotions are key reasons they can’t play the card game well, according to the survey carried out by OnePoll.
The Lottoland spokesperson added: “Poker is a tricky game so it’s not hard to see so few people consider themselves good – it’s all about the bluff.
“But for those who want to hone their skills and get in on the action, Lottoland’s casino has everything you’ve seen in the movies, from poker and blackjack to slots and roulette. Who needs Vegas?"