Jackpot is touted as the successor to All In, period drama style. Dae Gil (Jang Geun Suk) is a commoner who shares the same bloodline as the prince (Yeo Jin Goo) but his wretched fate relegates him to life as a gambler.
While I usually watch historical c-dramas for the martial arts, k-dramas tend to have a different appeal with an illegitimate son, cursed birth, abandoned prince or all of the above at its disposal guaranteeing a gut-wrenching story that frankly makes a highly-addictive watch.
Dae Gil is one man fighting against a giant and it is those miserable odds that allow the viewers to sympathize and empathize with the tragic hero’s journey to overcome destiny. The problem is that Yeo Jin Goo’s character is the future king of Joseon, which does not bode well for Jang Geun Suk. Watch on Viki.
For synopsis, cast and ratings, see 2016 kdrama listing.