The Game

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 1/13/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Eddie, Clark, and Miami are seated at the same card table. Eddie starts insulting Clark and it eventually turns into a physical fight. However, it was all for show. The trio is in Vegas to take the Matador down. The fight was a bluff just to make sure that the Matador doesn't realize they're a team if they ever get in a high stakes game with him. A sheriff from out of town, Lee Nickel, is looking for a no limit game to join. He finds himself seated at the same table as the Matador, who tries to get inside his head and eventually takes all of his money with a winning hand. Seymour Annisman, the mastermind behind the trio's plan, reprimands Eddie and Clark for being seen together. They can't give anything up to the Matador because he owns Vegas. Eddie and Clark attempt to build their bankrolls by playing in games out of town. The next day, Eddie returns to the and meets Tropical Henry, one of Matador's right-hand men. Henry tells Eddie that if he plays along, he may be able to get an influential backer. Eddie accepts the offer, seeing a chance to infiltrate the Matador's inner circle.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eddie Cibrian

    Eddie Towne

  • Don McManus

    Bart "Lowball" Rogers

  • Kristin Lehman


  • Michael Madsen

    Don "The Matador" Everest

  • Chris Bauer

    Lee Nickel

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Nice poker serie

    By pokeraph, May 20, 2015

  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Jan 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Eddie: You know what it feels like. Everything's going your way. You can't make a wrong decision if you try. You bet pass, the shooter rolls a seven. You stand firm on 12, the dealer busts out with a face card. At the hold 'em table, you start every hand with big slick. And then... it happens. Your wife calls on the cell phone with a problem at home. The waitress spills a drink on you. Suddenly, the world shifts, anger overtakes you. Confusion, pain, you can't think straight. You call when you should raise, you bet when you should fold. You can't win for losing. It's what the house counts on, the pros too. You're off-balance. You're out of your right mind, and on tilt.

    • Lowball: People act like poker's a different game. It ain't. Same game it's always been, the zeros are different.

    • Clark: You can look as long as you like. I'm not giving anything up. Eddie: Oh, I'm not trying to put you on a hand. I'm just trying to figure out what color that sweat suit is. Clark: The man said it is aubergine. Eddie: Really? It looks like eggplant to me.

    • Matador: Only two things worth fighting for that I can think of. Lowball: Money?... Matador: ...and money.

    • Matador (about fight between Eddie and Clark): What's that about? Lowball: Some broad. Matador: Remember when you and I used to run around with our balls hanging out like that?

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    Notes (4)

    • In the opening credits, Todd Williams' name appears on the ace of clubs. Don McManus is listed on the ace of hearts and Eddie Cibrian is listed on the ace of spades.

    • Music From This Episode: Pimp Dat: Performed by Northern League Floppy Shoes: Performed by Robert Ealr Keen Fluke: Performed by Fluke

    • Encore Airings: Jan 13 10:00pm, Jan 14 12:00am, Jan 14 03:30am, Jan 16 11 PM, Jan 19 07:30pm. -The original airing was pre-empted by 7 minutes due to the NC State/Duke basketball game on ESPN.

    • We learn that Nickel is a sheriff. He is looking to avenge his brother's (Wayne) loss. We also learn that Lowball is the one who banned Wayne, after he released his tape of the Matador's secrets.

    Allusions (3)

    • Seymour (to Eddie): You see the game like Spassky saw the board when he was young. You are the best natural card player since the kid, Unger. Seymour is talking about Boris Vasilievich Spassky, and Stu Unger. Spassky was born in Leningrad and learned to play chess at the age of five. At age 18 he won the World Junior Chess Championship held at Antwerp, Belgium, and became grandmaster. Spassky was considered an all-rounder on the chess board, and his "universal style" became a distinct advantage in beating many top Grandmasters. In 1972, he lost his title to Bobby Fischer. Stu Unger is widely considered as the greatest player of all-time. He had a genius IQ but wasted away his talent with . He died at the age of 45. Unger won 10 major No limit Hold'em tournaments out of the 30 he entered. An unprecedented strike ratio.

    • Clark (to Eddie): When this is all done I can't wait to go heads up with you like Creed and Rocky at the end of three. Clark is talking about Rocky III. In the 1982 movie, Sylvester Stallone plays Rocky Balboa and Carl Weathers plays Apollo Creed. When Rocky is defeated by a brutal challenger, Apollo Creed offers to retrain him in order to regain his fighting spirit.

    • Clark: I've had enough of this Maverick/Ice Man team for one day.
      Clark is talking about the 1986 movie, Top Gun. It stars Tom Cruise as Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell and Val Kilmer as Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazanski.

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