After cruel injury rules out the prospect of a glittering career, Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey) uses his unparalleled knowledge of the professional football game to get back to the top, by plying his skills in the hugely lucrative sports betting industry. Lang's talent is spotted early and he's soon drafted in as successor to Walter Abrams' (Al Pacino) extravagant sports network. The support and affections of wife Toni Morrow (Rene Russo) can't protect Abrams against a detrimental lifestyle, even though fortunes are won by his understudy. But whilst betting other people's money means big rewards, there are also big risks. Brandon's unwavering need to win takes him trailblazing into the gambling underworld where only the trust and teamwork of those closest can bring him back to normality.