Gambling addiction can make a person do desperate things.
The story follows a poker degenerate/gambling addict in his mid-twenties who steals from his own mother and commits an armed robbery against dangerous people in order to finance his addiction.
The primary strength of this film is how it depicts the darkness of gambling addiction and the way it can destroy people and relationships. It’s by no means a great film, but it is entertaining enough to keep you from hitting the ‘stop’ button midway through, which is more than I can say for most poker movies.
“The only person you’re bluffing son, is yourself”
This movie is full of awesomely-bad dialogue like this. But unlike other awesomely-bad poker movies (i.e. ‘Maverick’, ‘Lucky You’) it takes itself way too seriously and fails miserably in its use of poker as a source of dramatic conflict. The acting and the script are quite poor as well.
The poker is relatively authentic compared to other poker films, but there are still a few ridiculous moments that would make any true poker fan cringe.
Watching poker is great, but wouldn’t you rather be playing? Play free poker.