Talented poker player Mike McDermott loses his whole bankroll $ 30,000 in a Texas Hold’em hand against Teddy “KGB” a Russian gangster who runs an illegal underground poker. Shaken, Mike decides to concentrate on law school by promising his girlfriend Jo and other studies may not play the game. Mentor and coach around Knish offer part-time job driving a truck for a living. Time passes, and Mike is faithful to his promise. It focuses on school and works until his childhood friend “Worm” Murphy Lester was released from prison. The worm is also a card player who has built an outstanding debt for detention. The effects of the worm, Mike doubled again soon, that interferes with their studies and damaging his relationship with Jo. If a worm transmitted within five days to pay his debt, Mike joins him in a furious race to earn money. Worm wants to cheat to win, but Mike insists on playing the right. Playing through different card games around the city of New York, the two are almost operational $ 15,000, but the couple caught in traps and loses their bankroll. After this, worm decides to leave the city, and Mike recommended doing the same. This is when Mike shows that the fault is due to the KGB, the Russian gangster Mike wipe his $ 30,000 bankroll a few months before.