Season 1 Episode 1

The Game

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 13, 2005 on ESPN



  • Allusions

    • 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.