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  • TV-14
  • 2005
  • 1 Season
  • 6.9  (811)

Tilt is a gripping drama series from ESPN that ran for one season in 2005. The show centers around the world of high stakes poker and the characters that inhabit it, and features an all-star cast including Michael Madsen, Chris Bauer, and Kristin Lehman. Madsen plays the role of Don "The Matador" Everest, a veteran poker player who has seen it all and is not afraid to take risks. Bauer is Eddie Towne, a hotshot young player with a chip on his shoulder and a lot to prove. Lehman plays the role of Lee Nickel, a beautiful and talented player who is also a master manipulator.

The show takes place in Las Vegas and follows the interlocking stories of these three characters as they navigate the dangerous and cutthroat world of professional poker. Along the way, they encounter a host of colorful and memorable characters, including shady bookies, crooked casino owners, and ruthless gangsters.

Tilt features intense, high-stakes poker games that are expertly staged and choreographed, with intricately plotted hands that keep viewers on the edge of their seats. But the show is about much more than just poker. It's a thriller that explores themes of power, corruption, and the lengths that people will go to succeed in a world where the odds are always stacked against them.

The show also delves into the personal lives of the characters, exploring their relationships with one another and the demons that drive them to risk everything in pursuit of their dreams. Madsen's Everest is haunted by the memory of a tragic event from his past, while Bauer's Towne is driven by a fierce competitiveness that borders on obsession. Lehman's Nickel is a master of manipulation who uses her charm and cunning to bend others to her will.

Throughout its 10-episode run, Tilt keeps viewers on the edge of their seats with its fast-paced action, tight plotting, and expertly drawn characters. The show is a masterclass in tension and suspense, with the stakes always high and the cards always unpredictable.

Despite its critical acclaim and devoted fanbase, Tilt was cancelled after just one season, leaving viewers wanting more and wondering what might have been. But even with just these 10 episodes, the show remains a standout in the world of television drama, a thrilling and unforgettable journey into the heart of the Las Vegas gaming world.

Tilt is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on January 13, 2005.

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Episode 9
9. Episode 9
It's come down to the Final Table of the World Championships of Poker and only one player will be left standing. Which one, is yet to be determined, but the winner will certainly take all. As Matador's inner circle collapses, Nickel (Chris Bauer) and the FBI have their own plan in store for him. Has Matador's trail of terror come to an end or does he have one last ace up his sleeve?
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
Eddie (Eddie Cibrian), Clark (Todd Williams) and Miami (Kristin Lehman) step up their play, picking off Matador's (Michael Madsen) cohorts one by one to advance in the World Poker Championships. In addition to hustling the players around him, Clark hustles the FBI to get his former associates off his back. The move gives an important assist to Nickel (Lee Bauer) who continues gathering evidence of Matador's treachery. Meanwhile, Lowball (Don McManus) appeals to Molloy (Michael Murphy) to get back in the Colorado and Dee (Amelia Cooke) makes a last ditch effort to win over Eddie. At the poker table, poker pro Phil Hellmuth (playing himself) faces off with Matador.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
To secure a legitimate minority stake in the Colorado, the Matador (Michael Madsen) must win the bracelet at the World Championship of Poker. He recruits Jimmy Towne, Eddie's father, for his cause. Meanwhile, Eddie (Eddie Cibrian), Miami (Kristin Lehman) and Clark (Todd Williams) with Lowball's (Don McManus) help -- take up their seats in the tournament and begin to set a trap for Matador. In no time, there's media buzz about Eddie's stellar play, but can he take down his own father to advance the plan?
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
Clark (Todd Williams), Miami (Kristin Lehman) and Eddie (Eddie Cibrian) attempt to pick up the pieces after their devastating loss. Eddie visits his mother to find comfort and extra funds but stumbles upon his father instead. Miami befriends Randy Cioffi, a rich, young casino mogul who owns half the Vegas strip. Clark attempts to make an honest living to settle his debts. Meanwhile, Nickel (Lee Bauer) and Lowball (Don McManus) conspire to take down the Matador (Michael Madsen).
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
Molloy (Michael Murphy), Lowball (Don McManus) and The Matador (Michael Madsen) all receive a visit from a gaming commission officer, and must figure out a way to win his favor. Eddie (Eddie Cibrian), Miami (Kristin Lehman) and Clark (Todd Williams) find their stashed bankroll and decide it's time to enact their master plan. At the Colorado, the Matador triumphs in his power struggle with Lowball. At the poker table, he sets a trap and catches Eddie, Miami and Clark cheating as a team on tape. Eddie learns a brutal lesson about crossing the Matador.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
Still reeling from Seymour's (Ken Welsh) death, Eddie (Eddie Cibrian), Miami (Kristin Lehman) and Clark (Todd Williams) decide the time is near to take on the Matador (Michael Madsen). Miami grieves by throwing herself into her craft 24/7. Clark encounters two former business partners with money laundering on their minds. Eddie and Dee (Amelia Cooke) continue to date, although Eddie wonders if she's playing him to her father's benefit. Lowball (Don McManus) and Molloy (Michael Murphy) consider distancing themselves and the Colorado from the Matador. And Nickel (Chris Bauer) sets out to gather evidence that Seymour was murdered.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
Don "The Matador" Everest lures an old rival back to The Colorado for their annual poker dual, and insists that Eddie be at his side for the competition. As Everest takes down his nemesis with Eddie's help, Eddie gets an inside look at Matador's cheating ways. Meanwhile, Seymour is confronted face-to-face by Everest, causing him to warn the group that maybe their plans are too dangerous to carry out. Un-phased by the danger, Lee Nickel continues his plan to avenge his brother's death, threatening anyone who stands in his way, including Eddie.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
Eddie begins to make himself very public so "The Matador" will take notice and invite him into his fold. Meanwhile, Seymour continues to warn Eddie that although this is a pivotal point in their plot to bring down "The Matador", Eddie should tread lightly. In addition, Eddie begins a rather risky relationship with "The Matador's" wild daughter, Dee.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
Eddie Towne (Eddie Cibrian), Miami (Kristin Lehman) and Clark Marcellin (Todd Williams) - three young, determined and very able poker pros - descend upon the Colorado Casino in Las Vegas to amass a fortune and execute a scheme that will hopefully take down Don "The Matador" Everest (Michael Madsen). As the three begin to infiltrate the dark and sometimes dangerous gambling underworld, they learn that working together might be harder than working alone, and that The Matador along with his associate Bart "Lowball" Rodgers (Don McManus), has created a seemingly impenetrable wall of cohorts and underlings in his attempt to be all-knowing about all things on the Strip.
Where to Watch Tilt
Tilt is available for streaming on the ESPN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Tilt on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    January 13, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (811)