The Royal Gambler

The Royal Gambler (2016)

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Baek Dae Gil and King Yeong Jo enter a match. Baek Dae Gil bets his life and King Yeong Jo bets the entire Kingdom of Joseon on the outcome. Baek Dae Gil is the best gambler in the Joseon era. He holds deep resentment inside, but is also cool on the exterior. King Yeong Jo is a man who never lower his head without a convincing reason. Meanwhile, Dam Seo exists solely read moreto take revenge upon king.

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    Daebak; Jackpot;

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Jul 5, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Should you take a gamble and watch this? Here are the odds that you will like it: The twists and turns this goes through had me cheering and stomping my feet. Long term plotting and scheming that spans decades and life/death choices made instantly by the flip of the coin. Everything is a gamble or can be staked. Everyone has a secret and an agenda except the two brothers who are in read more the middle of a Cold War.

The story really got to me. The gambling was what drove everything and extremely well displayed story wise and cinematically, making the drama super exciting. This is not a romance! At all! So don't expect anything, no matter how it starts. Be prepared to loose everything and everyone or don't hit that play button. However, you might want to know that this drama is well produced from start to finish and everything is wrapped up nicely and satisfyingly at the end.

Fantastic photo! So incredibly cool. The OST was also suitably dramatic. Brilliant acting by full cast, especially by Lee Moon Shik and Jang Geun Suk.
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Jun 14, 2016
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Some dramas you watch because the story captivates you. However, this is not why I watched this. I simply watched this because Jang Geun Suk was in it and he was one of my first biases in kdrama land so, as a loyal fan I had to try this out.

The drama started off interesting as many awesome characters were introduced. For example, I have to talk about the actor Choi Min read more Soo as King SukJong. He played the character so well, I could literally feel the chills whenever he was on screen. One of my favourite aspect of the show was when his scenes came on.

Jang Geun Suk as Baek DaeGil, started off as a good for nothing young boy who eventually becomes a great swordsman as he takes revenge. I feel that he executed his character well and seeing him was a delight and definitely made it worth my while.

It was my first time seeing Yeo Jin Goo in a main role and I was pleasantly surprised. As a young actor, he acts very well and he definitely stole the limelight whenever he graced our screens with his presence.

Jun Kwang Ryul as Yi In Jwa was a menacing character that we as the audience were all meant to hate and I do feel that he did justice to the role and many times, his cunning ways made me dislike him so much.

Although there were all these interesting characters as well as amazing actors playing them, there were many pointless characters in this drama too. Characters that made me scream WHY ARE YOU EVEN HERE. That aspect was a downer because it seemed that they were just inserted for filler scenes and had no connection to the story whatsoever.

As I mentioned earlier, this drama STARTED off well however, as episodes went on ,the story had just spiraled into a totally different direction. There were many times I got confused and bored. There was no character development in some parts.The character would be saying something and then doing completely different later on with no specific justification for what and why they changed their minds. Many pointless deaths that made no sense and didn't add to the story at all. Basically, the plot went haywire at some point.

The music was actually very enjoyable, I found a couple of the songs stuck in my head and had to go and download them.

Overall, I would say if you really like sageuks and would love to see Jang Geun Suk doing amazing sword fighting then go ahead and watch it but be prepared to question the justification for certain characters or scenes.
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Both dramas are about unconventional heroes trying to save the people from a corrupted king, so many twists and turns, keep you guessing what will happen next.
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The Royal Gambler is about King Yeongjo's early life and his succession to the throne and The Throne has the events that came later in his life.
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    Fatima 22 days ago

    It was a really good drama for me and I liked it so much, but why I am feeling sorrow after finishing it :' ?

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    Fatima 24 days ago

    I am marathoning this xD
    So far so good (ep 10)

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    KatySarang_TGeyes Jun 21, 2017 - edited

    Is this good...?

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      KatySarang_TGeyes Jun 22, 2017

      .......have you seen Missing 9? Was it that sort of stupid? Great actors, but godawful writing?

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      hongberg Jun 22, 2017

      I haven't hahaha... the stupidity of this drama is that the villain is always one step ahead of them and it's just so frustrating how unrealistically omnipotent the villain is.

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      KatySarang_TGeyes Jun 22, 2017

      Oh well don't, it's the worst drama I've ever watched in my life. Aaaaah...yah that would be frustrating. I'll pass lol. It frustrates me more when good actors are in bad dramas, cuz it's a waste of talent lol.

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      KatySarang_TGeyes Jun 22, 2017 - edited

      hmmm...I'll think about it.....I do love jin goo...and I've loved him in everything he's been in so far (shoot my heart, long way home, and circle). I don't know...well if I do watch it, it'll be when the semester is over lol, I don't watch finished dramas during school lol.

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    makne Mar 14, 2017

    For me, it's really good historical drama (and I'm not a big fan of them). Characters are played really well, Jingoo is very well suited for his role and it's good to see Keunsuk playing someone different than rich boy from entertaintment. So far, I really like it.

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    hongberg Feb 17, 2017 - edited
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    Dia Feb 9, 2017

    Somehow I've watched it, somehow I didn't like it.

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    Bibekzzz Dec 16, 2016

    the choi min soo is the best suited for king's role in historical kdrama

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    Sonao Nov 1, 2016

    Be it a historical drama if I found my fav actor then I would love to watched without hesitating

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    WhiteLilly Sep 12, 2016

    Dropped this.

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    Joo-Hyun Jul 24, 2016 - edited

    Will I like it if I don't like historical dramas?

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    Lala_Chi Jul 13, 2016 - edited
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    dore430 Jul 9, 2016

    2015 - 2016 have proved to be banner years for Korean historical dramas! This was one of the best also! Thanks to all involved for bringing this historical perspective to help us better understand the roots of Korean history!! I highly recommend this drama...

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    Loy Jun 30, 2016

    Just got the full album, the music is AWESOME !

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    kdramasinpajamas Jun 30, 2016 - edited

    I just finished episode 19. I have been going pretty slowly because I am afraid the end will make me sad.

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    SaeedKhan Jun 22, 2016

    The starting was good then it started to be repetitive and i left it and then again started it where i left it off ie after the 17th ep it became good again Im Ji Yeon
    is so cute ..


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    South Korea
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    Mar 28, 2016 to Jun 14, 2016
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 15 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 1,254 users)
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