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

Me sitting at the big table,

Doyle to my left,

Amarillo Slim to my right,

playing in the World Series of Poker.

And I let that vision

blind me at the table against KGB.

Now, the closest I get

to Vegas is west New York,

driving this lousy route

handed down from Knish...

to rounders who forget

the cardinal f***in' rule...

Always leave yourself outs.

- Hey, Moogie.

- Let me ask you a question.

In a legal sense, can f***in'

Steinbrenner just move the Yankees?

Does he have the f***in' right

to just move them?

I don't know.

How should I know that?

- You didn't learn that yet?

- No, we get to Steinbrenner

in the third year of law school.


- Take care, man.

- Yeah.

- [Chattering]

- [Poker Chips Clattering]

[Mike Narrating]

The judges' game.

I'd heard about it for years on the

street, before I was even in law school.

A rotating group of ten or twelve

judges, prosecutors and professors.

They all have money,

and in my playing days...

it would have been pretty sweet to have

any one of them owing me favors.

Only problem is, no one

can get in the game anymore.

One rounder, Crispy Linetta,

sat under some pretense,

but they found out he was a pro,

he couldn't cross the street

without a legal hassle.

Even his regular club,

Vorshay's, got shut down.

Place had been open

since 1907.

Oh, Michael.

- You got some things for me?

- Yes, I do.

Put 'em on the desk,

it's all right.

Kid, he paying you

for this late night sh*t?

Oh, well, knowledge is

my reward, sir.

- [Chuckles]

- Let me tell you, it ain't worth it.

Why don't you become a jockey,

do something useful.

- [Group Laughs]

- Kid's a little tall, isn't he, Gene?

Enough with the Belmont

recruiting spiel. Your bet.

- All right. I call.

- Michael is lead counsel...

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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