Texas Hold 'em

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Bond's winning poker hand in the movie Casino Royale
photo © United Artists, Danjaq LLC

Although Bonds favorite Casino game might be Baccarat Chemin de Fer (played by Bond in the original novel Casino Royale, the movies Dr. No, Thunderball, On Her Majesty's Secret Service and GoldenEye), in the latest movie Casino Royale 007 shows great skill in the most popular form of poker, Texas No Limit Hold 'Em (also spelled Texas Hold'em or Texas Holdem).

The "no-limit" betting form is used in the high stakes game in the casino of Montenegro, where Bond beats Le Chiffre after a thrilling game, with a straight flush.

Poker expert Thomas Sanbrook was brought in to work with the actors on their playing techniques and their behavior at the table. Part of their preparation was also to participate in poker tournaments to hone their skills and get familiar with the game, which turned them all into quite good poker players by the end of the process. The game became so popular that cast and crew played games between takes throughout the filming of the movie and even after it had wrapped. The popularity of Texas Hold 'em became even bigger after (and because of?) Casino Royale, and is now probably the most popular internet casino table game.

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Comments

The most puzzling thing about this hand is what happens before the turn. Something we unfortunately don’t get to see. The flop is great for all players, and superb for a couple. In a real game most chips would have been in the pot already on the flop, but not in Casino Royale.
Mr. Bond has a straight-flush draw, and is not going anywhere with that hand. No matter what has happened before, he would move all in on the flop. But now they go to the turn with chips left in their stacks. And on the turn all players check...
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