Final Wager Dark Comedy Feature Film About Sports Gambling Addict Trying To Save His Mother From Nursing Home Eviction


Editor’s note: Readers may remember this author’s several other film narratives and reviews, including “Mommy’s Box” by Johnny Greenlaw and a tribute to Billy O’Toole Of “Families Of The Mafia”

Learn about the private for-profit nursing home system in the US, and how it operates on increasing the suffering of elderly patients through poor care or lack of care.  

Final Wager is a dark comedy feature film that will run exclusively on Vudu starting May 7, 2024. Thereafter in June, audiences will also be able to stream the project on Amazon, ITunes, Comcast, DirecTV, and more.

The film is the second feature directed by Kenny Yates. His last film, ReBroken, went on to win Best Picture and Best Actor at the Playhouse West Film Festival.

Yates has pulled together an impressive plethora of talent for this project. Lead protagonist Scott Hamm Duenas is both an award-winning actor and head of an indie film production company, now in its seventh year. The female lead, Fernanda Romero, has been a staple on Spanish language TV for several years.

Alongside Scott on camera is Michael Madsen, whose legendary career in acting has spanned over forty-two years. Looking towards the supporting cast, actor Trevor Penick is making his on-screen debut here. Most will remember him from the boy band, O-Town. Lastly, audiences will get a good glimpse at actor and comedian, Tom Arnold, who never leaves one without a laugh.

As to the premise of Final Wager, a former sports gambling addict, Chance, needs $60,000 to save his mother from a nursing home eviction. So, he falls back into his old habits; only to learn he has never lost a bet on Christmas. Is this the Christmas miracle he has been waiting for, or just an addict who cannot control himself?


Banner Image: Final Wager promo. Image Credit – Final Wager 


Cindy Mich

Cindy Mich is an award-winning journalist/media personality who is also a filmmaker and Founder of the independent film festival, Art is Alive, now in its seventh year. Her total listening audience is at 205,000 to date. In print, she currently contributes to various digital publications, along with having owned and operated her own publication, The Art is Alive Magazine. After eight issues, her readership was at 78,000. She performs the duties of a professional film judge, having screened over 800 films in the last few years - along with covering various film festivals as accredited media. Further, she has taught in both the public and private sector. In 2023, Cindy is adding a distribution arm to her film festival, and soon will be releasing her made for television series on medical misdiagnosis, Hurt by Healthcare.

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