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The murder of a young collegian leads to the world of gambling and a man without fear.


Don Scardino


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Jamey Sheridan ... James Deakins
Courtney B. Vance ... Ron Carver
Ian Kahn ... Ken Harris
Kevin Sussman ... Phil Hobart
Keith Powell ... Gregg Monroe
Robert Hogan ... Ferdie
Angela Christian Angela Christian ... Kerry Harris
Jon Korkes ... Ralph Bannerman
Jason Cornwell Jason Cornwell ... Tomas Ramone
Larry Block Larry Block ... Frank Kastner
Olivia Swan Olivia Swan ... Penelope Chai
Laurie Kennedy Laurie Kennedy ... Professor Eileen Kray
Lou Sones Lou Sones ... Cashier


The development and deployment of some gambling "systems" by a few college buddies leads to the death of one of the group, Penny Chai. The ensuing investigation leads Goren and Eames to the ringleader, a bold individual who seems to know no fear. Written by John Hosking

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Release Date:

4 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ian Kahn (Ken Harris) also played the part of Frank Bolinger in episode 9.9, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Traffic (2010). See more »


The victim having security clearance with the Department of Defense would make the investigation of her murder federal jurisdiction, specifically of the Department of Homeland Security. At the very least it would be a joint investigation between the DHS and the NYPD. See more »


Ken Harris: [holding Goren] You panic, you die.
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A Fearless, Gambling Psychopath
31 December 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

A math wizard-nerd's brain is being used by someone who promises he'll have a sex life, too, if he continues to help them solve how to beat the house in blackjack with some "system."

Working in pairs and having several math wizards from the local college into this gambling thing, proves fatal when one of them, "Penny Chai" is chased down and killed by the thugs in the private club.....or so it looked.

The leader of the group trying to obtain riches through cheating in gambling is so bold, so unafraid, that he actually walks into the police room at looks at material off Goren and Eames' desks during the lunch hour, trying to find out what the cops know about the killers and the gambling kids. That's when Goren knows he's up against someone who is totally fearless and a psychopath.

Goren and Eames discover the scam artists are up to much more, however, than "counting cards." The big payoff is rigging up a program to beat the horse races, fixing a race and then cashing in a longshot, but not being detected. It also about having an inside guy change the bets before they become officials. It's a little confusing, but it's all illegal.

The main focus is simply about this one guy "Ken Harris" (Ian Kahn) who is crazy, which is not an unusual theme in this successful television. Usually the last eight minutes of each show are devoted to Goren breaking down the suspect but this one covered 12-13 minutes. It was a fascinating ending.

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