High Rollers returns for a second season, reinvented as a telenovela. Season 2 is once again shot on location at Emperor's Palace.
Joining the cast this season are Maps Maponyane as Thabang, a technological whizz-kid using his talents to rip the casino off; and Thabang's adrenaline-hungry girlfriend Bonnie, played by Khanya Mkangisa.
Also new to the cast in Season 2 is Terence Bridgett who plays Uncle Denton Grootboom, Michelle's (Carmel Fisher) long-lost relative who arrives to help Michelle out of the trouble she's gotten herself into.
However, she only manages to make things worse when old wounds are reopened and Denton discovers what really happened to his brother and Michelle's father Rafiq.
Detective Sindi Mhambi, played by Motlatji Ditodi, helps steer the Kings through a difficult kidnapping saga while a pair of orphans - Thandi (Thishiwe Ziqubu) and Muzi (Thabo Rametsi) - have a score to settle with TT.
In addition, Muzi Mthembu replaces Atandwa Kani in the recurring role of Kenny Ngubeni, the smooth, materialistic, flamboyant, lovable loser who runs the revue showbar in the casino.
Season 2 of High Rollers kicks off with the three brothers Paul (Justin Strydom), David (Antony Coleman) and TT (Fezile Mpela) estranged when Paul, finally in control of Kings Casino, fires David and TT and sets his sights on selling the casino to the highest bidder, which he believes will set the King family on the right path again.
But now that Paul has wrestled control from his brothers, can he truly part with it? With new alliances being formed, who will team up with whom?
David is hellbent on getting back what he believes is rightfully his, but he and Analine's (Rolanda Marais) world is thrown into crises when Marcus (Kiran Prigge) is kidnapped.
As the kidnapping saga unfolds we see David and Analine, who were all but divorced at the end of last season, slowly but surely being drawn closer together again. Will Analine and David reconcile and if so - where does that leave Paul?
TT also faces some turmoil in his private life. He needs to man up against his dominating wife Gugu (Xolile Tshabalala) and show her who the man of the house is.
Especially when she pushes him to go to war with the King brothers now that Helena (Brümilda van Rensburg) has given TT the land the casino is built on and essentially made TT the Kings casino's landlord.
Gugu takes things into her own hands by hiring a "fake" Sangoma to predict that TT will one day be the King of Kings. TT is not superstitious but then the predictions start coming true he can't ignore the secret desire he's harboured to be in control of his brothers any more.
But playing with fate sets Gugu on a path of self-destruction that can only end badly.
After Esme (Carine Rous) was forced by David to break off her relationship with Ben (Vilje Maritz) or see him go to jail for her crime, the newlyweds face a split neither of them really wants.
But when Ben sinks into the bottle as well as Tallulah's (Hayley Owen) shoulder to cry on, is there really any hope for Ben and Esme or will it be a story of like father like son?
Dhanny (Mayuri Naidu, replacing Zakeeya Patel in the role) and Ravi's (Jai Prakash) new relationship starts out smoothly, but soon hits the rocks as Ravi has no clue how to treat a lady, and Dhanny certainly wants to be treated right. Watching Ravi learn how to be a boyfriend is cringe-worthy but adorable, but can he keep Dhanny's interests or will he fall victim to another?
The stakes have never been higher, especially when the unwritten code of brotherhood starts to fall apart. Tune in to see which way the dice falls.
High Rollers was created by the Rous House Productions team of producing and directing brothers, Luke and Josh Rous. The series head writer is Henriëtta Gryffenberg and it is produced by Luke Rous, Joshua Rous and Meren Reddy.
Season 2 storyliners are Byron Abrahams, Joshua Rous and Meren Reddy, with dialogue writers Joshua Rous, Martin le Maitre, Kobus Geldenhuys, Lamar Bonhomme, Gillian Breslin, Lwazi Mvusi and Sivan Raphaely.
The title track and music is by Andrew Baird and Michael Bester.
Season 2 Cast
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Antony Coleman ... David King
Carmel Fisher ... Michelle Jephta
Rolanda Marais ... Analine King
Viljé Maritz ... Ben King (as Vilje Maritz)
Louis Minnaar ... Pieter Terre'Blanche
Muzi Mthembu ... Kenny Ngubeni
Fezile Mpela ... TT Mogale
Mayuri Naidu ... Dhananjay "Dhanny" Rangila
Hayley Owen ... Tallulah
Jai Prakash ... Ravi Chetty
Carine Rous ... Esme Cilliers
Justin Strydom ... Paul King
Xolile Tshabalala ... Gugu Mogale
Motlatji Ditodi ... Detective Sindi Mhambi
Thishiwe Ziqubu ... Thandi
Nunu Khumalo ... Thandi
Recurring / Guests
Brümilda van Rensburg ... Helena King
Terence Bridgett ... Denton Grootboom
Kevin Smith ... Rafik Jafta
Maps Maponyane ... Thabang
Khanya Mkangisa ... Bonnie (as Kanya Mkangisa)
Danielle Retief ... Linkie King
Drikus Volschenk ... Dirk Joordaan
Ian Roberts ... Umphatiwendaba
Peter Terry ... Dr Camden
Cobus Venter ... Japie van Jaarsveld
Isadora Verwey ... Chantel Williams
Graham Hopkins ... Maxwell Hart
Stefan Vermaak ... Pierre
Neels Clasen ... Detective Graves
Sechaba Morojele ... Commisioner Molari
Michelle Beling ... Janine Cullanan
Obed Baloyi ... Khan
David Clatworthy ... Piet Botha
Saint Seseli ... Ernest
Lekoane Phasumane ... Maurice
Yule Masiteng ... Joseph Mhlanga
Merlin Balie ... Victor September
Jaco Muller ... Bruce
Jo-anne Reyneke ... Busi Duma
Sophie Ndaba ... Harriet
Kiran Prigge ... Marcus King
Kenneth Fok ... Mr Fujimoto
Lamar Bonhomme ... Spyker
Martin Mathye ... Dealer
Nhlanhla Ndlovu ... Security Guard
Lelizwe Sibisi ... Becky
Msizi Njapha ... Boots
Thabo Andrew Rametsi II ... Muzi
Ayanda Makayi ... Bongani
Gopala Davies ... Mr Al Raji
Edrien Erasmus ... Tokkie
Ziyanda Yako ... Doctor Shezi
Andile Mngadi ... Ngwenya
Devonique Van Greenen ... Hayleigh Daniels
Pumi Rakhudu ... Beggar Boy
Tiaan Kelderman ... Volbroek van Wyk
Bradley Olivier ... Quintin Solomon
Sam Rous ... Baby Forrester
Vannesa Buthelezi ... Jocelynn Burts
Joshua Rous ... Mr Forrester
Megan Rous ... Mrs Forrester
Joseph Kazadi ... Vincent
Siyavuva Lefume ... 6 year old Thandi
Yoliswa Oliphant ... 9 year old Thandi
JC Snooke ... Ramon
Lyle Volkwyn ... Tyson
Selai Ralarala ... Nelly