Bond Doesn’t Know Poker

What Casino Royale gets wrong about the casino.

Click here * to listen to Slate’s Spoiler Special  about Casino Royale; click here to listen to the Spoiler Special about Showtime’s Sleeper Cell; or click here to subscribe to the Spoiler Special podcast in iTunes.

At the center of the new James Bond movie, Casino Royale, is, naturally, a casino, in which our hero plays in a dramatic high-stakes poker game (in fact, the stakes are basically the safety of the free world). So, you’d think the producers would have worked hard to get the poker scenes right.


But you’d be wrong, according to NPR reporter and gambling expert Mike Pesca. In our latest Spoiler Special, Mike details what movies like Casino Royale get wrong about poker. Click here to play the audio. (You’ll find Mike’s regular NPR podcast about gambling here.)


And while Casino Royale deals with terrorists in passing, the Showtime series Sleeper Cell puts a group of would-be evildoers front and center. The show is just completing its second season, and it’s the subject of another Spoiler Special, this one a dialogue between Slate’s Troy Patterson and June Thomas. Click here to listen to the program.

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Here are links to our previous Spoiler Specials:

The History Boys

30 Rock
The Prestige

Marie Antoinette

The Departed

The Black Dahlia

Snakes on a Plane

World Trade Center
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Miami Vice


Lady in the Water

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

The Devil Wears Prada

Let us know what you think of this audio feature: podcasts@slate.com.

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