Runner Runner

Synopsis: Princeton grad student Richie, believing he's been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is seduced by Block's promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director(s): Brad Furman
Production: 20th Century Fox
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

Everyone gambles.

They may call it something else,

like the stock market, or real estate.

But make no mistake.

If you're risking something,

you're gambling.

And if you're gambling...


...then I'm the guy you want to see.

Do you ever follow up a mistake

with another wretched mistake?

I hate the expression "I hear you. "

Because what it usually means

is, "I'm ignoring you. "

But, Professor Hornstein, I hear you.

It's just that I was planning

on taking my wife skiing in Vermont

on break, and now...

And now, the online sports book

has your money.

The poker site has some of it, too.

I was hoping, perhaps,

you could get it back for me.

I can't get you back what I don't have.

I gave you a coupon

for discounted play on the site.

You used it. Lost. That's it.

You got all the answers, don't you?

Of course you do.


Professor, you ever heard

of Rush Street Capital?

- Yeah.

- I worked there.

One year away from becoming a Portfolio

Manager and a seven-figure bonus

when the meltdown happened

and the firm blew up.

But I learned two things from it.

Hard work alone

doesn't protect your downside

and nobody plays for free.

What do

college campuses have in common

with Las Vegas and Atlantic City?

Gambling is now so prevalent

among college students,

it's creating serious problems

with few easy answers.

Worldwide, online gambling

has reached epidemic proportions.

Four years

ago, the big Nevada casinos

thought of online gaming

as the competition.

Now, they're realizing

that with their brand name recognition,

they can maybe

get a big piece of the online action.


access to high-stakes gambling

just a mouse click away,

teenagers are the latest group

to fall into the gambling web.


reports of revenue in excess

of thirty billion dollars a year.


with access to the internet

can gamble away their life savings

without stepping foot out of their home.


of Justice has indicted

the top 3 major offshore

online poker sites.

Players are

convinced that a cheater

can somehow see his opponent's hand.


of Justice officials announce

that Ivan Block has become a major

target of federal investigation

and continues to operate outside

federal jurisdiction in Costa Rica.

With no

legal recourse whatsoever.

At Princeton,

you're either bred for it

or you bleed for it.

And I can't seem to stop bleeding.

My general concern, Mr. Furst,

is that you are

promoting gambling on campus.

My more pressing concern,

the one expressed to me

by Mr. Arnaud's father

is that you are encouraging Paul to gamble.

You told your dad that, Paul?

It's his credit card.

The point is, Mr. Furst,

Mr. Arnaud did not send his boy

3,500 miles from home

in order to start him

on the road to perdition.

You are supposed to be

earning your Masters of Finance

and serving as

a graduate teaching assistant.

Instead, you are running

some kind of virtual casino.

Gambling is forbidden on campus.

Bookmaking is forbidden on campus.

And if you don't change your tune,

you're going to be

forbidden on campus as well.

Now, if you'll excuse us,

I'll finish with Mr. Furst alone.

Paul. Thanks, man.

Looked at your transcripts.

Spoke to your professors.

Even read some of your papers.

You have a real gift.

I want you to make this place proud.

But you've got your hands

in your fellow students' pockets.

I've never stolen anything from anyone.

Dean, I'm not eligible for financial aid

because my past income is too high.

But that money is basically gone.

I owe $21,000 tuition, due next week.

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Brian Koppelman

Brian William Koppelman (born April 27, 1966) is an American filmmaker, essayist, podcaster, TV series creator, former music business executive and record producer. Koppelman is the co-writer of Ocean's Thirteen and Rounders, the producer for films including The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones, the director for films including Solitary Man and the documentary This Is What They Want for ESPN as part of their 30 for 30 series, and the co-creator, showrunner, and executive producer of Showtime's Billions. more…

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