“I own you”

Michelle’s free­dom is in jeop­ardy as she gam­bles with her life.

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Casino bar dancer Michelle (Carmel Fisher) has been bit­ter and filled with ha­tred for head of se­cu­rity Pi­eter (Louis Min­naar) ever since he mur­dered her dad Rafik (Kevin Smith) in sea­son 1 in 2013. While he’s been pro­tected by the pow­er­ful King fam­ily, she’s been liv­ing from pay­cheque to pay­cheque. Now the al­lure of il­le­gal gam­bling is about to prove too great on Tues­day 15 De­cem­ber…

POKER FACE

Carmel says that Michelle takes poker lessons from Ernest (Saint Se­seli) on Wed­nes­day 9 De­cem­ber be­cause she is in des­per­ate need of cash. “He con­vinces her that she can make a ton of money. She sees this as a way out of her doom and gloom… she may have the same ad­dic­tive gam­bling gene as her dad.” But what Michelle doesn’t know is that Ernest is re­cruit­ing her for The Stack Sharks, an un­der­ground gam­bling ring… and once you’re in their debt, you owe them for the rest of your life. Pi­eter tells Michelle not to trust Ernest but she brushes him off. Louis adds that the two don’t have a great re­la­tion­ship be­cause of what he did to her dad, “but Pi­eter would never wish a life of gam­bling on any­one – even her.” Ready for ac­tion, she takes a bag of cash from Ernest later on Wed­nes­day 9 De­cem­ber for her first game of poker. And she loses it all!

IN TOO DEEP

On Tues­day 15 De­cem­ber, Ernest sets up a poker game at ri­val casino Ace Of Spades when Michelle’s meant to be work­ing. See­ing only dol­lar signs, she ditches work and with a new bag of money, she gam­bles. And it pays off when Michelle wins R250 000. She’s over­joyed, says Carmel, adding that “the rush al­most takes over but Michelle re­alises that she must pay Ernest back. But when she tries to pay him, she’s told that he now owns her.”

HIGH STAKES

Des­per­ate, Michelle turns to Pi­eter on Wed­nes­day 16 De­cem­ber. He has a plan: he’ll chal­lenge Ernest to a poker game… his R10 mil­lion re­ward money from res­cu­ing now-dead King heir Markus (Ki­ran Prigge) from kid­nap­pers in July against Michelle’s debt. They square off that day in Ernest’s ho­tel room, and ac­cord­ing to Louis, his char­ac­ter is wor­ried. “Poker may be a game of wit, but it’s also one of luck. He may be good at cards, but he also needs to find Ernest’s tell [bluff­ing tac­tics]. If not, he’ll lose.”

Ernest cons Michelle with poker lessons.

Pi­eter puts it all on the line for Michelle.

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