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  • Drama: The Royal Gambler
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Network: SBS
  • Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 1,325 users)
  • Ranked: #944
  • Popularity: #539
  • Members: 4,331

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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 solelyto take revenge upon king.

  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Mar 28, 2016 - Jun 14, 2016
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Network: SBS
  • Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.
  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 1,325 users)
  • Ranked: #944
  • Popularity: #539
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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11 people found this review helpful
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 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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SaimaTae
15 people found this review helpful
Jun 15, 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 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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