Set against the world of high stakes poker, Deal follows the story of Tommy Vinson (Burt Reynolds), an ex-gambler who quit the game of Texas Hold’em over 30 years ago after missing a family emergency and swearing to his wife, Helen, "never again". Tommy tries to be content with his life, but while watching a poker tournament on television, he sees someone who reminds him of his younger self, Alex Stillman. Alex is a cocky, hotshot card playing senior at Yale University. He is the best player there. Alex’s parents would like him to go to law school, but Alex only dreams of playing professional poker. Alex loses early. He’s close to greatness, but what he doesn’t realize yet is that he focuses too much on the cards, and not the players... that’s where Tommy comes in. Tommy finds Alex and makes a pact to partner with him. However, their partnership doesn’t run smoothly, and soon we find Tommy facing Alex at the final tournament of the season. And what happens there, even though only one will be declared champion, leaves them both winners.