Synopsis: A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): John Dahl
Production: Miramax
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

in the hand.

Against your average guy,

I'd set a bear trap, hardly bet at all.

Let him walk into it.

But KGB's too smart for that.

So, what I've got to do

is over-bet the pot,

make it look like

I'm trying to buy it.

- I bet $2,000.

- Then he plays back at me,

and I get paid off.



My guess is Teddy's on a flush draw.

Burn and turn.


There's my money card, nine of hearts.

I got a full house.

- To the bettor.

- Check's good.

[Narrating] Now I hope

a spade falls and Teddy makes his flush.

That way he'll bet strong, and I'll beat

him with my nines full over aces.

I'm going to bet...




[Narrating] I want him to think

that I'm pondering a call,

but all I'm really thinking about

is Vegas and the fucking Mirage.

All right, your 15, plus

I have another 33 to raise you.


Yeah, I'm gonna go all in, 'cause

I don't think you got the spades.

You are right.

I don't have spades.

[Narrating] I know before

the cards are even turned over.

Aces full, Mike.

Get up.

Come on.

Come on.

- Want some?

- No.

I'm down to the felt, Knish.

I lost everything.

Man, I lost my case money.

I lost my tuition.

It happens to everyone.

Time to time, everyone goes bust.

You'll be back in the game

before you know it.

I'm done.

I'm out of it.

They all say that

at first.

Hey, man, let me stake you.

Standard deal, you know.

Fifty percent of your winnings.

If you lose, it's on me.

I'd just throw it away.

- You still got the truck?

- Sure.

Come on.

[Mike Narrating] You don't hear much

about guys who take their shot and miss,

but I'll tell you

what happens to 'em.

They end up humping crappy jobs

on graveyard shifts,

trying to figure out

how they came up short.

See, I had this picture

in my head.

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David Levien

David Levien is an American screenwriter, novelist, director, and producer. Best known as the co-writer of Ocean's Thirteen and Rounders, Levien has also produced films such as The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones. Levien frequently collaborates on projects with his writing partner Brian Koppelman. As a novelist, he has published City of the Sun, Where the Dead Lay, 13 Million Dollar Pop, and Signature Kill. Earlier works are often published under D. J. Levien. Levien studied at the University of Michigan. more…

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