- Starring: Todd Williams, Eddie Cibrian, Kristin Lehman
Three aspiring gamblers team up to attempt to bring down the "King of Vegas," Don Everest. "The Matador" has achieved that nickname through countless victories, mostly against those interested in bringing him down. But when a man named Seymour (Kenneth Walsh - The Practice, Judge Harrod)Three aspiring gamblers team up to attempt to bring down the "King of Vegas," Don Everest. "The Matador" has achieved that nickname through countless victories, mostly against those interested in bringing him down. But when a man named Seymour (Kenneth Walsh - The Practice, Judge Harrod) comes knocking, Eddie (Eddie Cibrian - Invasion, Russell Varon), Clark (Todd Williams - Third Watch, Detective Barlow), and Miami (Kristen Lehman - Killer Instinct, Detective Danielle Carter) decide to attempt to take down "The Matador" and all his glory.
Everest is good buddies with the president of the Colorado Casino, Bart "Lowball" Rogers, or at least he tries to be. Together they call the shots at the casino, and sometimes that means inflicting pain on those considered threats in any way to "The Matador," "Lowball" or the casino in general.
The series unfolds during nine episodes, revealing information from the character's pasts, and also the present day action of running a casino and trying to take down a legend.
• Don "The Matador" Everest:
The King of Vegas. "The Matador," having earned his nickname for taking on all of the bulls that try to slay him, is the undisputed champion of Texas Hold 'Em. He "wrote the book on the game," and the road to greatness goes through him. On his way to earning countless riches by mastering poker, "The Matador" amassed a loyal group of influential backers. Some believe that he uses this influence to rig the game and that he can't win on his own. But no one really knows for sure. One thing is certain ... The Matador is the most ruthless and feared player in town.
The women find him handsome, charming and intuitive. He is one of the most gifted young poker players on tour. He's one of the new young guys of Texas Hold 'Em, and is looking to take down the old guard. Eddie, born to a -addicted father and an emotionally distant mother, turns to cards for his escape. He is looking to take down the big dog, "The Matador."
She's sexy, seductive, and as tough a poker player as any in Vegas. She desperately wants to take down The Matador for personal reasons. She had left the game not too long ago but now plans to make her triumphant return to the big show.
A degenerate gambler who is just as talented as Eddie. He has never lived up to his father's expectations and turned to poker as an escape. His quest to prove his father wrong is manifested in his many insecurites. He plans to rid himself of his family by sitting at the top of Vegas.
He lost his only brother to an addiction and is out for sweet revenge. When his life spiraled out of control, he sued The Matador and The Colorado Casino. His brother, Wayne, had made a videotape in which he revealed all of the ways in which The Matador rigged games. He will stop at nothing to prove to everyone that The Matador is a con artist, not a poker champ.
• Dee Everest
Daddy's little girl? Hardly. This wild-child of Sin City is looking to have fun. But when you're the daughter of "The Matador," people tend to treat you with kid gloves. Makes it tough to earn a living, but she needs money to live a certain lifestyle. If "The Matador" keeps bankrolling Dee, will she and Eddie be able to maintain a real relationship, or is "The Matador" just using her to keep tabs on his new protégé?
• Bart "Lowball" Rogers
Bart "Lowball" Rogers is the president of The Colorado Casino and a longtime friend of "The Matador." These two conquered Las Vegas together, but it's clear that their old alliance is about to fold. He's under an enormous amount of pressure attempting to control the money and chaos from the current craze. But he's also a cagey, political animal, intent on convincing the owner of the casino that they need to operate on the up and up. One thing is clear ... "Lowball" will have to be one step ahead at all times if he plans to survive.
What does "tilt" mean?:
"Tilt" is a well known term in Vegas. It essentially means off-kilter. When you're at the table, you're in the zone, and you have that edge. Then, all of a sudden, something happens that takes you off your game and that little thing is all it takes to lose in Vegas. (i.e.: a bad hit, too high a raise, etc.)
Is this the first drama from ESPN?:
No, it is the second. Playmakers was an EOE drama that debuted in 2003. It was a hit but the NFL, the league that it was essentially portraying, pressured ESPN to scrap it.
Can a drama based on poker actually work?:
There have been several movies based on poker that have been successes. The list includes: Rounders, The Cincinnati Kid, Maverick, and Luckytown.
Is The Colorado Casino a real casino in Vegas?:
No, The Colorado Casino, which most of the show action takes place in, is fictional. However, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a real event. It is held at Binions Horseshoe Casino in Vegas.
Is the show filmed in Las Vegas?:
It is actually filmed in a warehouse in Toronto, Canada.
ESPN Broadcast History
January 13 - Thursdays 9:00 - 10:00 PM
(Presented in HDTV on ESPNHD)… Expand
- Genre(s): Sports, Drama, Sports
- Season 1 premiere date: Jan 13, 2005
- Episode Length: 60
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