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Jackpot: Episode 12

There’s still a lot of juggling going on when it comes to the politics and the gambling, though this episode finds some much-needed focus in the character of Prince Yeoning. He’s the tie that binds the two storylines together, and the only free agent who can move in and out of both worlds almost seamlessly. Watching his growing friendship with Dae-gil is proving to be one of Jackpot’s stronger assets (no one beats Choi Min-soo, of course), so, bring on the teamwork.

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EPISODE 12 RECAP

While Dae-gil struggles with the shock of seeing former slave Seol-im in Yook Gwishin’s casino, she doesn’t seem hardly as fazed. She’s here on behalf of her new master, the angsty gambler Kejakdu, and tells the scarred swindler that while he can lose everything, her master doesn’t want him to lose his life.

She’s here to make sure that doesn’t happen, and doesn’t allow herself to be pulled by the wrist when Dae-gil tries to talk to her in private. “The Seol-im you once knew no longer exists,” she tells him flatly. “I now belong to Kejakdu.”

Injwa and his cronies come to watch the match, and settle in for the long haul as Dae-gil and Yook Gwishin sit at a new gambling table, now without human baduk pieces. For his part, Dae-gil bets the deeds of twelve gambling dens he took from Injwa, which are worth about ten thousand nyang total. On top of that, he’ll also bet his life, because you just can’t gamble in this show without one.

In return, Yook Gwishin agrees to bet his own gambling den, as well as his life. Injwa decides to join in on the fun so he’s not just a spectator, and opens the floor to allow himself and others to bet on who they think will win. Injwa himself bets two chests of gold worth at least five thousand nyang on Dae-gil.

As the two gamblers begin their game, we return to Prince Yeoning facing off against the warrior Jin-ki for the slave papers he seeks. Yeoning clearly hits a nerve when he calls Jin-ki out for being a former military officer, only to now be nothing more than Injwa’s dog.

Knowing that he can’t win against Jin-ki in battle, he offers to pay him for his help. When that fails, Yeoning tosses in two jars of oil and throws in a torch, locking Jin-ki inside the now-burning room. Of course, Jin-ki just breaks himself out, leaving Yeoning with no other choice but to run for his life.

Back in the game, Yook Gwishin has only to roll two sixes in order to win. But when he tips over the cup containing the dice, one comes out broken, leaving him unable to win.

Turns out, Dae-gil had cracked the wooden die in his hand before giving it over to ensure that this would happen, but it doesn’t do him much good. They’ll have to play the round again with a new set of dice to determine the winner, but only when they can bring a set of dice that aren’t rigged to roll double sixes. Whether it’s a sleight of hand on Dae-gil’s part or a ton of rigged dice on Yook Gwishin’s part, all the rolls reveal double sixes.

In order to appease Dae-gil, Yook Gwishin asks if anyone else has a pair of dice, and a raggedy child from the human baduk group comes forward to give a pair. Either way, this roll will decide the winner of the game, but Dae-gil changes the rules: If Gwishin rolls anything but double threes, he’ll win.

But if he rolls exactly double threes, Dae-gil wins, and he’ll take all the disenfranchised human baduk pieces with him. Injwa cautions Yook Gwishin against agreeing to the bet, but Gwishin’s so sure he’ll win, with the odds being so highly in his favor.

Of course, he reveals double threes, meaning that Dae-gil’s won. It wasn’t by sheer luck, since the child who provided the dice did so because Dae-gil gave them to him, but Yook Gwishin doesn’t know that. He only grows more enraged when Dae-gil tells him to spit out all the money he’s taken from the poor, but as Dae-gil told him once before, “I’m just that lucky.”

Yook Gwishin’s minions attack Dae-gil, who easily fends them off. He draws his sword when Gwishin comes for him, and delivers a slash to the bear man’s chest, which actually seems to scare Gwishin. “Have you ever killed someone?” the gambler asks, as though he’s hoping Dae-gil won’t have the courage. “Don’t just pretend to be tough and try it. Try to kill me, you bastard!”

But Dae-gil sheathes his sword instead, telling him that it’d be easier to give that pleasure to all the people he’s exploited. It’s not the human baduk pieces who tear him to shreds though—it’s Seol-im who stabs him in the ribs, as revenge for him killing her parents.

The enormous gambler plucks the dagger from his side like a needle before grabbing Seol-im in a chokehold, threatening her with the bloody blade. As if to make her suffering greater, Yook Gwishin tells her that he poisoned her father’s drink before he died.

“And how do you feel?” Seol-im asks, before biting his hand to free herself. Ah, so that’s why we saw her refilling his drink—she used the same poison against Gwishin that he used against her father.

As if by magic, the effects take hold just then, causing Yook Gwishin to fall to his knees. Seol-im takes hold of the dagger and stabs him in the gut, crying, as she grits through her teeth that she stayed with Kejakdu and went through hell just to stay close to Gwishin, waiting for a chance to get her revenge.

All those he’s exploited then descend upon Yook Gwishin. Meanwhile, the fight goes on with Jin-ki and Yeoning, though Jin-ki finds himself outnumbered when Yeoning finally calls all his guards forward. Injwa makes his presence known to Yeoning then, claiming that he couldn’t care less about Gwishin’s fate.

But he can’t leave without speaking in vague metaphors to Yeoning, before getting to the real point: He’ll pay him back for that punch to the face threefold. “Perhaps you’ll even have to give up everything you have,” he adds.

Prince Yeoning attempts to put a stop to the beating going on in the gambling den, even though those dishing it out claim that Yook Gwishin deserves it. Which, clearly, he does.

With no other way to stop them, Prince Yeoning sinks to his knees. “I will ask for forgiveness,” he says, causing the room to fall into a hushed silence as his guards also kneel behind him. “For the sin of putting the people of this nation through this indignity, for failing to notice the people’s tears, and for allowing the people to fall to such lows, I ask for forgiveness. So please, stop.”

After his guards bid him to rise, he starts to go into how the slave papers have all been turned to ash (meaning that the people are free), only for someone to rush in screaming, “FIRE!” Did Yeoning forget that fire spreads?

Everyone evacuates save for Yook Gwishin, who declares his intention to go down with his gambling ship. He gets that wish with two arrows to the back, delivered by a female assassin in black. Is that you, Dam-seo?

Prince Yeoning runs out to look for her, and she’s thrown into a flashback of their night together as she watches him from a distance. But when he turns toward her, she’s gone.

Dae-gil, Seol-im, and all the mistreated commoners look on as the gambling den burns, with the man who once owned them burning inside. Dae-gil and Seol-im leave the cheering lot with much more sober expressions, saying nothing to Yeoning as they pass.

Though Yeoning upheld his end of the bargain by freeing Merchant Baek and his people from Yook Gwishin, the merchant doesn’t have the ledger he promised him, having already sold it to the gambler Golsa. (One of the Three—… er, now Two Gamblers.)

Dae-gil brings Seol-im home to grandpa, who jokes that her name sounds like seol lim, or “heart flutter.” Grandpa asks all the questions that a father would, like what their relationship is, who her parents were, how old she is, etc. It’s adorable.

Grandpa fusses over Seol-im as if she were already part of the family, making it clear to Dae-gil that he should just hurry up and make it happen. But Dae-gil, who was all too ready to take a random stranger for his wife before, now claims that it’s just not like that with Seol-im.

Using the earnings from betting on Dae-gil, Injwa bribes those ministers Yeoning was trying to get to abandon him back over to his side. On top of that, he asked them to exert some influence with the crown prince, which they’ve already done.

Cut to Prince Yeoning reeling from the news that his hyung, Crown Prince Yoon, is removing him from his position in the Office of Inspector General. The knowledge that Yeoning got on his knees in front of the people to apologize on his behalf infuriates the crown prince, who tells his brother that he couldn’t excuse his shameful actions even if he had a hundred mouths.

Now that Yeoning’s had his wings cut off, he won’t be able to push that lift on the merchant ban through, which is exactly what Injwa and his cohorts wanted. But Injwa knows that it won’t be enough, something that Chief State Councilor Kim Chang-jip also knows, since he advises the young prince to go to the only person that can help him now: his father.

Kneeling before King Sukjong, the prince says he’s come to seek his advice, which sounds ironic to the king’s ears since he used the last bit of advice he gave him to shoot himself in the foot. Still, the ailing king challenges his son by asking whether he truly considers himself powerless without his position, which, at the end of the day, was just a title.

He compares the tide of public opinion to the water in his kingly bowl, which flows in whatever direction the bowl is tilted. “Are you the water, or the bowl?” he asks his son, his voice taking on a hard edge.

It’s up to Yeoning to decide where the water will be poured, or whether he’ll just allow himself to be swayed like the water in the bowl, the king warns. “Whether you live or die, act as though you are holding the bowl.” That’s his advice, and Yeoning vows to take it.

Meanwhile, Seol-im tells Dae-gil about what happened to her after they last parted, which we see in flashback. Having resolved to die if it meant getting revenge on Yook Gwishin for killing her parents, Seol-im had made an attempt on his life while he was meeting with the brooding gambler Kejakdu.

Her attempt had been foiled, and Yook Gwishin had been ready to chop off her hand for it, but was stopped by Kejakdu. He got an axe to his forearm for his efforts, but had just as easily plucked it out and warned Yook Gwishin against laying a hand on the girl. (It’s a fine in-show reason for his arm to be in a sling, though poor Kim Sung-oh actually injured it.)

Ever since that day, as Seol-im explains to Dae-gil in the present, she’d dedicated herself to Kejakdu until she could get a chance to kill Yook Gwishin. She plans to tell him that she’ll be leaving him now that her revenge is complete.

Yeoning finds the two of them drinking together and crashes their party, only to find himself disappointed when even Seol-im doesn’t treat him with respect, just like someone he knows. “I’m older than you,” Dae-gil explains, only for Yeoning to retort, “What does that matter? We’re friends.” Awwwwwwwww.

It’s unclear whether Dae-gil agrees with this assessment of their relationship, but if Yeoning really wants to commit to it, he’ll have to call Dae-gil “hyungnim” out of respect. Seol-im doesn’t see what Yeoning’s problem is with this idea, it’s not like he’s a prince or anything…

Once Seol-im hears the truth, she has to spend the rest of the conversation with her arms up in the air as punishment. Hah. It’s even funnier that Yeoning has to keep reminding her to keep her arms there whenever she tries to cut in on their conversation about taking on the gambler Golsa next, since she seems to know some helpful information.

Since Golsa is Dae-gil’s next target anyway, Yeoning asks to be included in his plan. In order to achieve his goal of abolishing the ban on small merchants, he needs the ledger that was sold to Golsa. Plus, getting rid of Golsa would help him achieve his primary goal of cutting off Injwa’s revenue stream.

At last, Yeoning allows Seol-im to rest her arms and speak. Just as she’s about to tell them what she knows about Golsa, Grandpa comes barging in at the name, yelling “GOLSAAA!” the way one might yell “KHAAAN!” so we know they have a past together.

He tells the three youths that Golsa is the one who took his eye when he was caught cheating, and again, Seol-im is interrupted before she can tell them what she knows. Instead, Grandpa tells them of the power Golsa holds over the Mapo Port, reigning like a king over all the commerce there.

Once there’s a lull in the conversation, Seol-im finally gets to tell them that Golsa had a child, and that child is still Injwa’s hostage. It would explain why Injwa gets such a huge percentage of Golsa’s earnings, which means that they have to find that hostage if they want to take away Injwa’s power over Golsa and Mapo Port.

Grandpa acts as a distraction so Yeoning can sneak into Golsa’s gambling den, which Hong Mae also has a hand in running(?). Meanwhile, Seol-im does her part by pretending to be a wannabe gisaeng, in order to be accepted by the gibang madam/part-time shaman, which distracts the madam enough for Dae-gil to sneak inside.

The madam thinks Seol-im has a fine enough face to become a gisaeng, but her physiognomy says that she’s a harbinger of great misfortune. She’s kind to others but has no friends, and anyone who touches her will have a hard time avoiding death. Judging by the look on Seol-im’s face, this fortune may well be true.

Seol-im doesn’t get the job, and leaves as disheartened as Dae-gil, who didn’t find what he was looking for. But the madam pursues Seol-im, claiming to be able to teach her how to rid herself of her terrible fortune, so perhaps all is not lost after all.

But a female voice waylays Dae-gil, since she’s able to sense that he has great skill in martial arts. She tells him that there’s nothing to steal, which piques Dae-gil’s interest enough to open the door…

Grandpa’s doing pretty well on his own in the gambling den, though Hong Mae guesses something’s up by the way he’s acting. Plus, she’s seen Yeoning stalking about her casino.

The owner of the female voice is a young noblewoman surrounded by books, and Dae-gil guesses that she might be Golsa’s daughter, and thus, Injwa’s hostage. She hides Dae-gil in her room when the madam comes in to deliver more books to occupy her time, though the madam seems to suspect something amiss.

Once they’re alone again, the girl corrects Dae-gil on his assumption that she’s a hostage, since she gave herself to Injwa of her own accord to save her father. (So… she’s a hostage.)

Since she claims she can leave whenever she wants, Dae-gil wants her to leave with him, and counterintuitively declares his intention to kill her father. She must’ve heard by now about Yook Gwishin, right? Well, he’s the one who put an end to him.

Cut to Dae-gil greeting her father, the swindler Golsa, who recognizes him as Man-geum’s son. Golsa’s daughter is left waiting anxiously in her prison room, unsure of her father’s fate.

 
COMMENTS

There were some highlights in this episode, and overall, the story’s become a bit easier to follow now that there are more attainable goals for our characters to focus on. Even so, we just can’t seem to escape some genuinely strange editing choices that tend to do the exact opposite of what directing is supposed to do, which is to tell the story in the clearest way possible.

Instead, we got a series of intercutting scenes during the whole divide-and-conquer plan that did very little to give us a sense of time and place, leaving me scratching my head over what it was our good guys were out to achieve, and how exactly they planned on going about it. After their conversation with Grandpa, it sounded like they were going to infiltrate Golsa’s gambling den, but after that, the details get a bit fuzzier.

At first, it seemed like the plan was to take Golsa’s daughter away from Injwa so that he wouldn’t have that bargaining chip to use against Golsa. But that would presume that they’d use Golsa against Injwa, which now doesn’t sound like the plan. Maybe they just wanted to use her against Golsa, but again, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense when Dae-gil’s plan is just to kill him. (And even if it is, why would you tell the guy’s daughter that?)

The introduction of her character bring some fresh blood into the mix, so I am interested to see where they’ll take her story. Similarly, I’m really pleased with the integration of Seol-im as a member of the team, and any ham-handedness with her reintroduction can be forgiven out of consideration for what she brings to the table. Not only did bring some serious, heartfelt drama with the completion of her revenge, but she also brought some much-needed levity, which is probably the greatest gift anyone could give this show at present.

It does leave me wondering what Dam-seo’s role in all this is supposed to be, however, especially since they didn’t even try explaining why she was in Yook Gwishin’s casino or why she thought to kill him. Also, why was that not a thing ever discussed among the three who were there to see it? Are people in Jackpot’s universe so used to random arrows flying that they don’t stop to question who’s shooting them and why anymore?

 
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I just picking up this drama back. I am glad that it is somehow become interesting. I am enjoying the bromance, and I love Seol Im too. I think I like her better than Dam Seo. (I think if different actress playing Dam Seo probably she will be more likeable, I dont know, just my opinion).

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I don't want to sound so cruel but... can we just get Dam Seo out of picture and replace her with Seol Im. Ha. I mean the screen time time for Dam Seo to be given to Seol Im.

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I wholeheartedly agree! I didn't even miss Damseo for Ep 11 until she turned up in Ep 12 and I thought "oh, there she is".

I actually have no idea about the romance lines in this story (I assume Yeoning doesn't get the girl, but I'm not sure what's historically right) but Seol Im seems like a minor character, so I feel that Dam Seo and Dae Gil might reunite some day. At this moment in time though... Seol Im > Dam Seo on so many counts! Can we have more of her?

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Historically, Yeoning's current wife is Lady Seo. He has been married to her since he was around 8 or 9. She is just not part of the drama.
Beside Lady Choi and Jang. All the women in this show are fictional.

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Thanks Kiara for enlighten us. As much as I enjoying historical drama, I am not really well verse the accurate history. ;)

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I am not either Sera. We are all learning as we go.

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It's kind of weird that they did not cast lady Seo. Maybe to create the love triangle between Yeoning, Dam Seo and Dae gil. But as i've heard Yeoning was very fond of lady Seo as she was a kind and well mannered wife. She passed away in her forties I think. I have no problem with Dam Seo though. Every person in the world does not show many expressions. Would Dam seo end up being lady seo?! Lol I think not as they have different names and different backgrounds. But this drama is a faction. So anything can happen. I'm not sure lol but just made me wonder. Maybe they'll introduce a new actress as lady seo? Yi in jwa's final rebellion started when Yeoning was king. It'd be a bit weird if he becomes a king without a queen.

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In my above comment I meant different names except for the "Seo" part. Seo is the surname of lady Seo and when it comes to Dam Seo it's her name. Both women are older than yeoning. Lady Seo was two or three years older. Idk just made me wonder. I just hope they'd cast a lady Seo too.

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@Lovekdramas

I won't be surprise if that is the writer's intention even though she is fictional.

Dam Seo is beautiful but the acting sucks. I have a hard time rooting for her.

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I dont know if we dont like the character or the actress herself. For me, I think i am not really liking the way Lim Ji Yeon playing Dam Seo. I believe if the right actress playing Dam Seo maybe we will see her differently. But... since she still considered as a rookie, and this is male centric sageuk I will give her a break.

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The reason why she outshone Uee in High Society simply because of her role and her great chemistry with PHS.

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I agree with you on all counts.
Plus: I gave up on this cos Lee Injwa was driving me bonkers. That char and his mechanisations were infuriating. Would I've like it better if it was played in a diff way or by a diff actor, IDK. What I do know is that I wish Choi Min Soo had more screen time, a helluva lot more.

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What I'm trying to understand is how on earth Jin Ki was destroying one part of the gambling den as he chased Yeoning and no one in Dae Gil's part heard all that commotion or smelt a fire. Is the den that big? Plus, when did the sale of the account book happen? Was it before or after Yeoning had promised the merchant that he would free them from six ghosts?

All in all though, I'm loving the bromance and the merry addition of Seol Im into the mix.

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Dae Gil's current goal is to cut off Injwa's legs (the 3 casinos which provides the money that Injwa uses to manipulate the ministers).
1.Seosomun - run by Six Ghost
2.Jongmo - Cutter
3.Mapo - Gol Sa
Seosomun is not the typical gambling den. It's bigger with probably 3 levels. Looks like fire was in the basement, Jin Ki was chasing Yeoning up the stairs.

I'm guessing the account book must have been sold after Yeoning promised the merchant. The look of guilt on the merchant's face says it all.

Taking down Gol Sa looks more exciting since it's involve his daughter and all kinds of illegal activities like manipulating local magistrates in the name of the king.

I'm enjoying all of the background stories because the writer doesn't reveal much ahead of time.

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I agree with your analysis.. Thanks!

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While I do believe that the writing and editing could be more seamless (less disjointed), I agree with you that it's good that the writer doesn't reveal too much beforehand. I applaud the writer for attempting to do more "showing" instead of "telling," since so many dramas fall short in this regard.

So far, this drama has a high re-watch value for me, because with multiple viewings one will be able to better connect the pieces and catch some of the elements that seemed to be missing the first (or second) time around, which will probably increase my appreciation for the show even more.

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That's the thing with watching back to back sageuks that are different. I'm just not in the right mindset for Jackpot so it'll be on top of my list for a rewatch too but I'll wait to marathon it when it's over. I'm just too lazy to concentrate right now.

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The plot is as vague and cryptic as Lee In jwa's speech...most of the time, I don't know where they are heading.

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terrible series, i wanted it to be good but nothing is happening. Half way into the series and neither of our heroes have made any progress in their goals. Lee In Jwa seems to be in the series for the sole purpose of looking smug. He's been planning the destruction of the king for over 20 years and he's done nothing. He's bribed the ministers and had more than enough currency since episode 1..... what is he actually doing? what is he doing bribing the minsters to do? Nothing it seems. Feels like they are creating material on a weekly basis and just hoping to keep viewership up until they're done with the series.

Most of the reasoning behind the characters don't even make sense. Daebak didnt want to kill ghost for the people's sake, even though they wanted him dead? If he didnt want to kill ghost what was the point of gambling for his life in the first place? Also, ghost obviously wasn't going to give up anything if he lost..... The whole bet was utterly pointless. Writers are forcing gambling scenes into the drama for the sake of doing it. As that's the only way they know how considering they wrote the synopsis and started writing the story for the series the week before it aired.

A lot of other things don't make sense and you can tell the writer's are struggling for material. I'm all for letting certain paradoxes or logical leaps slip but this is too much.

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Seol Im > Dam Seo

that is all I have to say

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Did anyone notice that those peoples that Daegil save thanking him, bowing in front of him and the prince watch it too. I think Daegil will become the king of people heart. Maybe In Jwa will expect this, then he got a reason to start a rebellion but he has to manipulate or trick Daegil to be on his side. I hope Daegil won't be deceived by In Jwa.

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I hate birth secrets. Injwa will use it to manipulate Dae Gil because you know. the people close to Dae Gil (like grandpa) who knew and should have told him always think it's for the best to keep it a secret. It's the same crappy excuse every time. Oh I did it to protect you...

I don't think Injwa has always been right with his predictions. For eg, Yeoning was well aware that the Noron faction were also paid off by the merchants. He flat out told them then walks away.
I don't think Yeoning has fully accepted the Norons as his political backers. They kind of volunteer with the help of Lady Choi.

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The personalities of the brothers are brought to the forefront in that Dae Gil is act first and Yeoning is plan then execute first. I do like their bromance and Seol Im being a partner of the duo. The irony is that Dae Gil's act first sometimes have a long range plan that we do not know fully about as yet. What we do know is that both brothers have a common goal of crushing In Jwa. As for Golsa's daughter I think she may become Dae Gil's next teacher as she has book knowledge which is a skill he has yet to acquire and from the synopsis he is suppose to have. The fighting skill has been obtain the rest she can pass to him strengthening his goal in defeating In Jwa in stratagem.

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Wow!! Great analysis. Yes I also read his character background that he suppose to have book knowledge skill. @chasen8888 Thanks for the reminder.

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I want a little bit more of the Crown Prince. I'm glad he put Yeoning in his place. It's not his turn to rule yet.

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Who can cheat better is not gambling... what's the difference , his dice that give two sixes and yours three..its still cheating? Did you get lucky because no one other than the kid had dice.. its a gambling place for godsake!!! (I was heartfelt when dae gil gave food to the kid but it was actually to use the kid to cheat? ) I can only see lazy script writing in the name of luck...
And Stop roaming arround ..Check in imjiwan closet I'm sure the account book is there..!! Those two are really dumb to not check there first..

On the bright side new formed team is really good.. soel-im gives the spunck which Dam soe never had...finally feels like they are going somewhere even its a trap that future viewing almighty Imjiwan has set...
just keep up the bromance and forget about the forced love triangle...

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This is about cheating skills. You have to cheat to win. The real game is played ahead of the initial match, like the 2 dice that was given to the little boy before the game.

I think that it has been kind of the same way/style for the drama. That's why it's vague and confusing.

Dae Gil was thinking ahead and playing it out in his mind first from beginning to end. Manipulating the game like breaking the dice to work in his favor was just part of his plan.

I'm all for the bromance, at least they have chemistry.

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Well, I don't know if it was lazy script since it was gambling in Joseon era. Even the fight was there and people could bet their life. I could not see giving food to kid and then Dae Gil used the kid to cheat as manipulation. I see it differently. Yes he used the kid, to have him and other slaves free. I could not see in this drama luck is presented strongly too. When 'luck' written in this episode through Dae Gil dialog with the axe man, I guess it shows Dae Gil has already using his brain. Saying he is a man of luck to himself is a way to cover up the strategy he has. He had prepared steps before to become the winner and by seeing the reaction of Yi In Jwa, this old man knew it.

At least the rule is consistent tho, from previous episodes. Whoever found a gambler cheating, severe punishment will be done. Yes if he/she was found cheating. But if not, it means the gambler is smarter than others, its okay.

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Why Dae Gil said that he will kill Golsa to his daughter? I think it is because Dae Gil and Yeoning has come to conclusion that Yi In Jwa threatening the daughter, and made her become another puppet. Their analysis was right seeing the flashback of Gol-Sa daughter about how she ended up with Yi In Jwa. And Dae Gil used the same way for this smart-type girl to make her heart moved. I mean, somehow a threat could be taken down by bigger threat. Big enough since Dae Gil told her he is the one who kill Six Ghost. And I think, this fact shown to Golsa daughter that Yi In Jwa could not give protection to his men. So her insecurity is stimulated by Dae Gil.

But yes, it was not clearly presented by drama team. And I don't know if its really intended by them or its really the problem in editing/writing/directing.

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They've always been vague either to make us think or leave us confused and irritated lol. It's not always the editing/writing/directing.

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I think we can get the answer in the upcoming episode. There are always connection from the previous and upcoming episode. I guess they want us to think. Usually the explanation will come later.

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I actually saw Golsa's daughter in the preview for ep 13 - think she was acting shocked in front of Daegil, who was leaning over a man (I think). Also, Damseo seems to get some screen time too.

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The storyline is getting more interesting with the collaboration of the brothers all out to take the powerful Lee Injwa down. The reappearance of Seol-im in Dae-gil's life may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Joining forces with the brothers, she provides valuable information on Golsa in that his daughter is held captive by Injwa. [But why are there no guards to keep an eye on her?] She reads to occupy her time, but I wonder if she has her own plan to use against Injwa. She seems to be quite a unique character being able to tell a person by the sound of his footsteps. Maybe, just maybe, she will conspire with Dae-gil to defeat Injwa... I look forward to actress Hong Ah Reum's appearance again in the next episode.

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[But why are there no guards to keep an eye on her?]

I believe she is there by choice to save her father. She can leave whenever she wants but her father will pay the price.
Injwa can say that he did not kidnap her.

It's pretty hard to catch a criminal who has other people doing the dirty work for him.

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I wonder what the shaman lady told Seol Im regarding her fate is plan by In Jwa or not but Seol Im believe it to be true. She already fall in love with Dae Gil, that's why she look at him sadly before the shaman lady approach her to said that there a way for her to change her fate. Dae Gil is not in love with her but he's very fond of her maybe because she the one that look after him when he's down. Waiting for the coming episode for the answer. Would they use her to manipulate Dae Gil?

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Thats why Seol im was too upset while looking at Daegil.. I almost cried there.. She is indeed a very good actress n i m too upset she is 2nd lead.. Still i hope the writer will show their friendship till last.. Thanks Heads but for me my sukkie is the biggest asset.. He is just amazing and can do anything.. So proud to be an eel..

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Yeo jin goo was perfect as always! Boy just knows how to adapt to his character. Others did their best too. Love all of them. Interesting drama. Can't wait till Monday to see what happens next.

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Love reading the recaps! It's fun to read them and help me to catch up too sometimes the little things that I did not notice while watching the drama. Thanks a lot !

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