Gambler JC Cullen (Dillon) meets Hooker, a retired diceman in his Indiana hometown, who urges him to chance his arm in Chicago, and gives him his lucky dollar and an introduction to a husband and wife team (Dern and Grant) who have the action sewn up. He shoots dice for them for percentages, but itches to crack the big game in the back room of the strip club run by badman Cole (Jones). Yorn between good girl Aggie and Cole's coonniving stripper wife (Lane), JC has to discover the things that are meanfingful and enduring the hard way. Just about the only pleasure in this formula effort is matching up memories of Rip Torn in The Cincinnati Kid with Bruce Dern. Edward G and McQ still have the only game in town.