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Young poker players must navigate their past along with the best players in the world to win.

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Series cast summary:
Michael Madsen ...  Don 'The Matador' Everest / ... 9 episodes, 2005
Chris Bauer ...  Leeland 'Lee' Nickel / ... 9 episodes, 2005
Kristin Lehman ...  Ellen / ... 9 episodes, 2005
Todd Williams ...  Clark Marcellin 9 episodes, 2005
Don McManus ...  Bart 'Lowball' Rogers 9 episodes, 2005
Eddie Cibrian ...  Eddie Towne 9 episodes, 2005
Michael Murphy ...  Jimmy Molloy 9 episodes, 2005
Scotty Gelt ...  Scotty Bugatti 9 episodes, 2005
Amelia Cooke ...  Dee 8 episodes, 2005
Nicholas Pasco Nicholas Pasco ...  Testa / ... 7 episodes, 2005
Dov Tiefenbach ...  Crackle 6 episodes, 2005
Fulvio Cecere ...  Skip / ... 6 episodes, 2005
Kenneth Welsh ...  Seymour Annisman 5 episodes, 2005
George Buza ...  Henry 'Tropical Henry' / ... 5 episodes, 2005
Barry Flatman ...  Police Captain Bill Carruthers / ... 5 episodes, 2005
Fab Filippo Fab Filippo ...  Dean Whitmark 5 episodes, 2005
Norman Chad Norman Chad ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2005
Joris Jarsky ...  Luke 3 episodes, 2005
Lon McEachern Lon McEachern ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2005
Greg Bryk ...  Pete Shurgin 3 episodes, 2005
Mayko Nguyen ...  Cathy Kwan 3 episodes, 2005
Victoria Snow ...  Eddie's Mother 3 episodes, 2005
Hayley Lochner Hayley Lochner ...  Young Miami 3 episodes, 2005
Paulino Nunes ...  Stasiak 3 episodes, 2005
Peter Outerbridge ...  Randy Cioffi 2 episodes, 2005
Robert Forster ...  Jimmy 'Gentleman Jim' Towne 2 episodes, 2005
Duane Murray ...  Barthleme 2 episodes, 2005
Dean McDermott ...  Martin Shea 2 episodes, 2005
Sasha Roiz ...  Blake 2 episodes, 2005
Chris Gillett ...  Philip 'Phil' 2 episodes, 2005
Jennifer Ricci Jennifer Ricci ...  Dee's Hot Friend 2 episodes, 2005
Vince Doria Vince Doria ...  Another Player #2 / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Daniel Fathers ...  Muff / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Alex Poch-Goldin ...  Billy Cadinski 2 episodes, 2005
Chantal Vachon Chantal Vachon ...  Reisha 2 episodes, 2005
Matt Gordon ...  Wayne Nickel 2 episodes, 2005
Christopher McGuire ...  Deputy Mike 2 episodes, 2005
Ashley Wolstat Ashley Wolstat ...  Beautiful Hooker 2 episodes, 2005


Young poker players must navigate their past along with the best players in the world to win.

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You're playing poker. They're playing you.






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Release Date:

13 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Did You Know?


The origin of the poker term "on tilt" is possibly taken from mechanical pinball machines from the mid-to-late 20th century. Some machines had simple motion sensors. If a player tried to influence the ball's path by shaking or tilting the machine, then "Tilt" would light up on the cabinet, the flippers would stop working, and the player would lose the ball in play. See more »


In the final episode of the first season, when Clark is playing in the World Poker Championship, in the hand that he goes out of the tournament, the ESPN pseudo-coverage showed him as "All-in" before he actually declared. See more »


Jimmy Towne: You can't escape your blood, kid.
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Convoluted plot, but dynamite poker action
28 February 2005 | by bjguilfoyleSee all my reviews

I was going to wait until this series ended to review it, but why bother? This is simply a killer series. The story is pretty complicated, with subplots galore surrounding each character, but that's not why I watch it. Michael Madsen is perfect as poker baddie Don Everest- ruthless, conniving, and dressed to kill in those 80s collars and vests. And best of all is the assortment of characters, dialog, and voice-over narration that you get during the poker sequences. As if that weren't enough, they added one of my favorite actors, Robert Forster, in the last episode. The only unfortunate part is that it's hard to get up to speed if you missed the first few episodes, due to all the different plot aspects. At this point it's better to wait for a catch-up night, or buy the full DVD set when it comes out.

To sum up, the story is contrived, but who cares? The cast is great and the poker sequences alone are worth watching it for. Kudos to ESPN for their best series yet!!! Like MM says before the deal, "Let's rock and roll, baby".

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