# Poker scene from the 2006 Casino Royale

This week’s newsletter we will have another look at the first poker scene in Casino Royale. I attempted to write about it last week. However, I confess that live poker is one of my weak areas when it comes to writing about gambling. So, I asked my friend Anne Larson to write about it. She is a much stronger poker player than I am. I also enjoy her witty and direct style of writing.

Her probabilities were all accurate. For example, she correctly says that probability of pocket aces beating pocket kings in Texas Hold ‘Em is 82%. The exact probabilities are:

Aces win: 81.71%

Kings win: 17.82%

Tie: 0.46%

You may find any such probabilities using my Texas Hold ‘em Calculator.

That said, I welcome Anne to the newsletter. You may look forward to her continued coverage of Casino Royale next week.

In this week’s newsletter we get to explore a poker scene from the 2006 Casino Royale movie, which is the final James Bond movie in which we find casino scenes in. Not only was this the first time we see Daniel Craig debut as a 00, but this is the first time we see any Bond character playing the game of poker.

There are several poker scenes throughout the movie, which I would like to write about separately, and I will start here with the first poker scene which is set at a beach resort in the Bahamas, the clip of this scene found on YouTube. This scene clip starts as Bond asks to take the empty seat at what appears to be one of many five-handed poker tables in the room, meaning each table seats 5 players, each table also including a seated staff dealer. Normally, the typical poker variations played in modern-day casinos and card rooms are 9- or 10-handed. I’m not entirely sure why they are playing 5-handed here, but I would guess that being this is in a foreign country and my own experience is of playing in U.S. casino poker tables, this may just be a seating variation in other places. The table Bond is joining is playing what seems to be a cash (or ring) game of no-limit hold’em. Bond takes his seat and the dealer keeps the action going.

At the 0:50 point, presumably several hands in since Bond has sat down, the film cuts to the middle of a hand where we see the dealer lays out the turn card, known as 4th street, and Bond is heads-up in this hand with an opponent, character Dimitrios, who happens to be a villain in the movie. Dimitrios has the dealer button, which means he is last to act in this hand so Bond has to act first before him on each street. Here, with the board showing 9d 3h Ac 7h, Bond checks his hand, with his opponent then betting \$5,000 into what already appears to be just over a \$10,000 pot. Bond calls this bet. Now, I am making assumptions on the amount in the pot based on two factors: one, the colors of the chips they are putting out in front of them during their action, and two, the approximate number of chips they are putting out.