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The best movies all have high stakes – some colossal aim or goal that must be achieved, against the odds, in order for everything to be right. Think of the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, when Indiana Jones weighs out his bag of sand against the golden idol, or the Death Star trench run in the first Star Wars film, where a young Luke Skywalker puts his neck on the line to destroy Darth Vader’s superweapon.  Against all odds, the protagonists won out.

It makes perfect sense, then, that there’s a burgeoning subgenre of movies about gambling, since gambling has a built-in sense of stakes. Gambling is, by design, a high stakes activity, where each player is his/her own protagonist, working against the odds for personal fortune and gain. Narratives – especially movie stories – can exploit these built-in stakes to captivate audiences. At least, that’s the case in these five iconic movies about gambling.


Ever wanted to see the gritty side of the Las Vegas origin story? Look no further than Martin Scorsese’s 1995 film Casino, which followed the rise and subsequent fall of real-life, Mafioso-turned-Casino-mogul Sam Rothstein. While the patrons of Sam’s casino gamble at their poker tables and slot machines, Sam partakes in a grander kind of gamble – to win over Las Vegas. This classing gambling movie teaches you that, no matter the stakes, those that play dishonestly meet their reckoning in the end.

Waking Ned Devine

You’d be forgiven for missing this under-the-radar charmer from across the pond. Waking Ned Devine surrounds a small town in Ireland that wakes up to find out, over the news, that someone in town has won the lottery. After some searching, residents find out that the winning ticket belongs to Ned Devine, and they go pay him a visit. The only problem is… Ned’s dead. This unassuming comedy then finds the townsfolk creating an elaborate ruse to claim that Ned Devine is still alive, in order to claim the lottery prize. North American audiences, more likely to learn how to play the Powerball lottery than the Irish lottery (obviously), will nevertheless find much to love about this movie.

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This film is remembered now as much for its cult hit status as any of the finer plot points. Involving the underground, high stakes world of poker, the film was release amidst – and, in part, helped usher in – the poker boom of the early oughts. With Matt Damon and Edward Norton still early into their acting career, Rounders kicked off what would become a cult of personality in the poker world.

Casino Royale

The first of the Daniel Craig Bond movies, Casino Royale sets much of its main action at a high stakes Texas hold ’em poker game in Montenegro (not Monte Carlo, as some erroneously assume). This is a rare movie where the gamble itself is a pivotal plot point, as Bond tries to reclaim terrorist money from the menacing baddie Le Chiffre. Things go awry, however, in typical 007 fashion. If you haven’t seen this modern classic of the franchise, it’s a must.

In some form or another, gambling is usually a part of a movie’s plot, whether the protagonist gambles on love, happiness or just being able to make it out alive. These four films take a more literal approach to gambling, however, and, along with the protagonists, it is the audiences that have reaped the rewards.

In the current scenario of Marketing in the Digital field, which is devoted to Artificial Intelligence is working really hard to provide cutting edge technology to the consumers. As a result of expansion in the technologies Related to AI, lots of start-ups related to Artificial Intelligence is taking place over the world. Recently, a Gurgaon-based artificial startup ‘Staqu’ has joined hands with Tech Mahindra, UK. Tech Mahindra is a very famous name in the field of Artificial Intelligence.  So, it’s a great opportunity for Staqu to expand their services to the European market.

The association is focused on powering content distribution in the European market with relevant and contextual recommendations, whilst creating use-cases to usher in new monetization opportunities. The association follows Staqu’s win at the Tech Rocketship Award, 2017-18, which exposed it to UK’s world-leading growth ecosystem of VCs, advisors, customers and support networks, thus begetting opportunities to springboard its business internationally.

Enterprises in the European market are required to ethically leverage data and respect the privacy of users, following the General Data Protection Regulation. With Staqu’s proven expertise in cross-content recommendations, video and image analysis, Tech Mahindra would be able to offer its users relevant and contextual content, while completely abiding by the GDPR.

Commenting on the association, Manish Upadhyay, Head of Entertainment and Media, Tech Mahindra for UK, Ireland, and South Europe Market said, “Staqu is a fast-growing AI start-up with proven expertise in contextual and relevant content recommendations. The alliance with Tech Mahindra will help to fuel co-innovation for Media and Entertainment customers in the UK. Tech Mahindra and Staqu are building some use cases jointly to create new monetization models for media and Entertainment industry in the UK.”

Atul Rai, Co-Founder & CEO of Staqu further added, “It is a great opportunity for us to partner with Tech Mahindra and introduce our AI-based cross-content recommendation engine in the European market. Today’s users are extremely cautious about their data privacy and require content distribution to be relevant and contextual. With previously proven expertise in the domain, we are glad to partner with Tech Mahindra and power content distribution via content recommendations that are contextual and relevant to the users.”

The innovation being brought together by Tech Mahindra and Staqu would understand the content consumption patterns, without obscurely mining data. Furthermore, by understanding the individual behavior of users, the AI-powered recommendation engine would aid relevant and contextual content distribution, completely removing any scope for blind recommendations.

What is Staqu Technologies:

As a Gurgaon based Artificial Intelligence startup, Staqu strives to utilize technology in solving real-world problems. Founded in 2015, the company provides state-of-the-art image recognition, language independent proprietary speaker identification, and text processing, including sentiment analysis, text classification, and summarization.

With its prime focus on AI research, image processing, deep learning, computer vision, and NLP, amongst other revolutionary technologies, Staqu has created VGrep API suite, offering a virtual search engine and a hybrid recommendation engine.

Staqu was handpicked by the British High Commission as the Best AI Start-up in the country. Furthermore, triumphing at IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program, Staqu has successfully raised investment from Indian Angel Network.

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Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Thursday announced an additional investment of Rs 4,000 crore over a period of four years for opening a new manufacturing plant on the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh that will generate 5,000 jobs in its first phase of expansion. The new 169-acre land has been acquired near the existing 50-acre manufacturing facility that will help expand Vivo’s manufacturing capabilities and support its continued growth in the country, the company said in a statement.


The Rs 4,000-crore investment, which does not include the cost of the land, will also spur job opportunities in the region, added Vivo that entered India in 2014. “India is a key market for us, and today we have reiterated our commitment by entering the next phase of growth in India. We’re proud that the new plant will offer a major benefit to the surrounding area through high-quality job creation and training opportunities,” said Nipun Marya, Director-Brand Strategy, Vivo India.

According to the company, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed the initiative and congratulated it. Currently, all Vivo smartphones sold in the country are being manufactured at the Greater Noida facility, which is one of Vivo’s four manufacturing factories globally.

The existing manufacturing set-up, which saw an investment of Rs 300 crore, produces two million units a month, with more than 5,000 people at work. With the new facility, Vivo aims to double the current production capacity to 50 million units per annum.

This is the second big-ticket investment from a global smartphone maker in Uttar Pradesh. In 2017, Samsung announced that it would invest Rs 4,915 crore to double its manufacturing capacity for smartphones and refrigerators at its Noida plant.

The South Korean giant in July set up one of the world’s largest mobile manufacturing facilities in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

When it comes to Vivo, the company was third with 10% market share in India, after Xiaomi and Samsung, in the third quarter this year. Vivo performed exceedingly well in offline channels, said Counterpoint Research.

Marya told IANS in a recent interview that in terms of value, Vivo is the leader in the Rs 20,000-Rs 30,000 segment and overall No. 2 in the Indian smartphone market for the past 18 months.

According to him, the brand awareness of Vivo, which bagged the title sponsorship for five consecutive sessions of Indian Premier League (IPL) starting this year with a whopping Rs 2,199 crore bid, is 100%.

There are currently more than 70,000 retailers in India where Vivo phones are available and the company has more than 200 exclusive stores and two experience centres. “When we entered India, we were very clear that we wanted to build a very strong foundation here. And four years after entering the Indian market, we stay totally committed to the country,” he said.

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