ESPN's second scripted drama delves into a shadowy world of high-stakes poker, where young card sharks and Las Vegas legends clash. Slickly written casino scenes are mixed with glimpses into the troubled lives of gamblers away from the table.
Premiered: January 13, 2005
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Eddie (Eddie Cibrian), Clark (Todd Williams) and Miami (Kristin Lehman) step up their play, picking off Matador's (Michael Madsen) cohorts one by one to advance in the World Poker Championships. In addition to hustling the players around him, Clark hustles the FBI to get his former associates off his back. The move gives an important assist to Nickel (Lee Bauer) who continues gathering evidence of Matador's treachery. Meanwhile, Lowball (Don McManus) appeals to Molloy (Michael Murphy) to get back in the Colorado and Dee (Amelia Cooke) makes a last ditch effort to win over Eddie. At the poker table, poker pro Phil Hellmuth (playing himself) faces off with Matador.
To secure a legitimate minority stake in the Colorado, the Matador (Michael Madsen) must win the bracelet at the World Championship of Poker. He recruits Jimmy Towne, Eddie's father, for his cause. Meanwhile, Eddie (Eddie Cibrian), Miami (Kristin Lehman) and Clark (Todd Williams) with Lowball's (Don McManus) help -- take up their seats in the tournament and begin to set a trap for Matador. In no time, there's media buzz about Eddie's stellar play, but can he take down his own father to advance the plan?
Clark (Todd Williams), Miami (Kristin Lehman) and Eddie (Eddie Cibrian) attempt to pick up the pieces after their devastating loss. Eddie visits his mother to find comfort and extra funds but stumbles upon his father instead. Miami befriends Randy Cioffi, a rich, young casino mogul who owns half the Vegas strip. Clark attempts to make an honest living to settle his debts. Meanwhile, Nickel (Lee Bauer) and Lowball (Don McManus) conspire to take down the Matador (Michael Madsen).
Molloy (Michael Murphy), Lowball (Don McManus) and The Matador (Michael Madsen) all receive a visit from a gaming commission officer, and must figure out a way to win his favor. Eddie (Eddie Cibrian), Miami (Kristin Lehman) and Clark (Todd Williams) find their stashed bankroll and decide it's time to enact their master plan. At the Colorado, the Matador triumphs in his power struggle with Lowball. At the poker table, he sets a trap and catches Eddie, Miami and Clark cheating as a team on tape. Eddie learns a brutal lesson about crossing the Matador.
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