Huck Cheever (Bana) is a young and talented poker player in Las Vegas haunted by his relationship with his estranged father, L.C. Cheever (Duvall), a two-time World Series of Poker Champion, and with who he would face off against if he wins a seat in the World Series of Poker Main Event. He must balance this challenge with an intense romance with aspiring singer Billie Offer (Barrymore).
This film features examples of:
- 20 Minutes into the Past: The film was released in 2007, but is set in 2003. (Mixing things even further, it was actually shot in 2005.)
- Bittersweet Ending: Huck deliberately loses the World Series of Poker against his dad, going out in third place (and to make it worse, his dad himself loses, going out in second place), but their relationship is restored, as is Huck's and Billie's.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Huck is certainly haunted by his relationship with his father.