Internet gambling and expansion of casinos beyond the Nevada State Line have put a financial strain on racetracks. Johnny Luck, Hong Mian triad big shot, and Jesse James, his beautiful blonde ex-jockey protege, are always on the lookout for ways to expand the triad’s gambling operation.
Back in the ’50s and ’60s, Jai Alai was a big deal in Florida. Gamblers would fill the frontons and drop thousands of dollars betting on Basque athletics competing in a sport that was so dangerous it was referred to as the Ballet of Bullets, and the game is dodging death.
Johnny Luck sees the potential revenue that could be produced by resurrecting the all-but-dead blood sport. The question is how to make it popular again? Jesse has the answer. Television. People will bet on anything, and they will also watch anything, as witnessed by the plethora of cooking shows that feature ordinary people competing for who can fry the best egg.
If there’s a competition, people will bet on who will win. But where there is money, there is corruption. Enter the Miami Bettor’s Club, run by old Hong Main rivals Tommy the King Kong and Marco Antonia Suarez, nicknamed El Astronauta.
In the end, the Ballet of Bullets becomes all too real for the people fighting for control of the gambling revenue generated by the International Jai Alai League.