It is not better than Melville's "Bob le flambeur", but the relocation to the then present (2002), the music (Goldenthal and the lingering voices of Cohen and Bono), the multi-national cast and, of course, Nick Nolte, make it just about as wonderful of an experience all its own.
A very cool film that made me want to be a gambler (I was terrible). The story of an American in France is always interesting to me. Immersed in another culture, surviving the way he knows how, I find it very romantic. There's a gorgeous girl, great cinematography, a fine cameo from Ralph Feinnes, and Nick Nolte carrying the picture with style. The supporting cast is amusing and has good chemistry with the star.