When his Uncle Rocco (Joe Mantegna), a smalltime crook, ropes him into the betting rackets, Edward (Ron Eldard) can't believe his good fortune. What weak-willed Edward doesn't realize is that Rocco's sadistic boss Deep Throat (John Goodman) likes nothing more than punishing ne'er-do-wells who've let him down. Given a few rules to follow (Don't gamble with the boss's money. Don't give away the boss's picks, etc.), Edward follows a long list of losers by breaking them. Meanwhile, Rocco screws up so badly, Deep Throat feeds him to his guard dogs. Despite the love of a good croupier named Karina (Courtney Cox Arquette), Edward loses $100,000 entrusted to him by his vicio...