Tian Jun Gu is a professional poker player working for the Chinese government. He is part of a group of players under the control of Chinese diplomat Shiwei Chen. They regularly fly to America to play in casinos in Las Vegas and Los Angeles in order to move money into the US.
Jun Gu ducks his planned return flight to China to attend an illegal poker game in a Chinese restaurant. His friend Ken Lin has arranged the game despite Jun Gu's warning that it is a bad idea to cross Chen. Chen comes to find the missing players, shuts down the game and beats Lin for his defiance.