Based on a true story, The Gambler tells the true story of a literature professor who risks his life and career in high-stakes gambling. Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, who offers his own life as collateral when he borrows from a gangster.
Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and gambles away the money loaned from his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange). A relationship with his student further complicates his life, forcing him to place an ultimate bet for a second chance.
Catch The Gambler as it premiers on 3 October, 9pm on HBO (Astro Ch411) and HBO HD (Astro Ch431)