Expert trickster Alexis Conran sets out to bet his way across the USA as he attempts a series of gambling’s most preposterous wagers. He tests his skills in real bets against pool hustlers, expert golfers and local champs in a big money eating competition. Each bet requires him to pull off a clever trick inspired by the rich history of gambling’s greatest conmen and hustlers. The journey takes him to New York, across the Southern States and towards Las Vegas.
“The tricks are meticulously planned, and play out for real in each show,” says Icon executive producer Matt Cole. “it’s taken some obsessive preparation from Alexis and the team.” In one hustle he takes on a table tennis champion – on condition they swap the bats for Coke bottles. “The propositions in the show are like bar bets on steroids” says Cole.
The journey is inspired by the legendary antics of the great American ‘road gamblers’ such as Amarillo Slim and Titanic Thompson.
Michelle Chappell, Commissioning Editor News, Current Affairs and Documentaries said: “Alexis has bags of talent – he’s a natural performer with real skills. We’re pleased to be realising his true potential on Channel 5. The appeal in this series lies in the classic ‘how did he do that’. Sometimes the answer is gob smackingly simple, and others it’s totally mind boggling. I don’t think this will be an easy journey for Alex, but we’ll have a lot of fun along the way.”This is Icon’s first Factual Entertainment commission as part of the company’s expansion beyond doc and Specialist Factual.