A down on his luck gambler links up with free spirit Elliot Gould at first to have some fun on, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana. As a final act of desperation, he pawns most of his possessions and goes to Reno for the poker game of a lifetime. A film set mainly in casinos and races, as the two win and lose (but mainly win), get robbed, and get blind drunk.
California Split ... being the story of two bet-on-anything guys who happily discover something called a "winning streak."
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Did You Know?
The original ending actually spilled outside the casino. Bill leaves Charlie and hails a cab when Charlie suddenly comes out and decides to go with him so as to prove that he can walk away from gambling. However, a couple of people climb out of the waiting cab and ask Charlie how the action is, and he is drawn right back in and thus Bill leaves alone. See more
Some of the balls hanging from Charlie's sombrero keep changing position throughout the scene. See more
Ace in the Hole
Written by James E. Dempsey, George Mitchell and Jerry Vogel See more