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24th Dec '15 3:28:15 AM PsychoGecko
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* WorthyOpponent: When Mike beats Teddy KGB in the climactic poker game at the end of the movie, he treats Mike as this.
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* WorthyOpponent: When Mike beats Teddy KGB in the climactic poker game at the end of the movie, he treats Mike as this.this, knowing how honest Mike is compared to Worm.
24th Dec '15 3:21:27 AM PsychoGecko
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* BoringButPractical: Knish's playstyle perfectly exemplifies this, as he says when running down Mike for getting himself into so much trouble. -->Knish: "You did it to yourself. You had to put it all on the line for some Vegas pipedream." -->Mike: "Yeah, I took a risk. I took a risk. You, you see all the angles, you never have the fuckin' stones to play one." -->Knish: "Stones? [[RealMenWearPink You little punk.]] I'm not playing for the thrill of fucking victory here. I owe rent, alimony, child support. I play for money. [[PapaWolf My kids eat.]] I got stones enough not to chase cards, action, the fucking pipedreams of winning the World Series on ESPN."
28th Oct '15 10:48:26 AM lipranzer
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* AlliterativeName: Mike McDermott
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* AlliterativeName: Mike McDermott[=McDermott=]
26th Oct '15 8:26:45 PM generalerror
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* TheMagicPokerEquation: In the last hand in the game against KGB at the beginning of the film.
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* TheMagicPokerEquation: In Averted, as much as this can be averted in a poker movie. Skipping hours of uninteresting hands, any of the last hand in the game against KGB setups between Mike and Teddy at both the beginning and the end of the film.movie are entirely plausible and even expected in a night-long game of poker, which usually results in a total loss of stack for one player. That is, unless you know Teddy's Oreo tell.
16th Aug '15 6:18:03 AM Morgenthaler
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->''"Listen, here's the thing. [[GenreBlind If you can't spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table]], then you '''are''' the sucker."''
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->''"Listen, here's the thing. [[GenreBlind If you can't spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table]], table, then you '''are''' the sucker."''
12th Aug '15 2:34:05 PM eroock
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* EvilDebtCollector: Grama * FakeRussian: Teddy KGB, as played by Creator/JohnMalkovich.
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* EvilDebtCollector: Grama * FakeRussian: Teddy KGB, as played by Creator/JohnMalkovich.Grama.

* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The advent of televised poker and Internet gaming have really changed the landscape of professional poker since the release of the film, and the film itself had no small part in the poker boom of TheAughts. That aside, despite the relatively timeless fashions the characters wear, it's easy to see that the movie was made in TheNineties: no one, even professional gamblers with plenty of money to burn, owns a cell phone. If a character wants to talk to another character and they're not at home (as when Joey Knish hunts up Mike to tell him that Worm is in danger of being caught cheating), they have to physically go find them.

* WhatAnIdiot: It looks like Mike is going to get hit by this trope during the game against Teddy KGB at the climax; he had won enough to pay off Worm's debt and still have half of what he needed to pay back to Petrovsky left over, only to have the poker game he lost at the beginning of the film rubbed in his face, making him opt to continue playing, and wind up one hand away from losing everything again. [[spoiler:Then he spots KGB's tell...]]
12th Aug '15 2:31:00 PM eroock
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->''Listen, here's the thing. [[GenreBlind If you can't spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table]], then you '''are''' the sucker.''
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->''Listen, ->''"Listen, here's the thing. [[GenreBlind If you can't spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table]], then you '''are''' the sucker.'' "''
15th May '15 10:33:57 AM AFP
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->''Listen, here's the thing. [[GenreBlind If you can't spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table]], then you '''are''' the sucker.''
22nd Mar '15 8:31:30 PM Movienut376
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* BigBrotherMentor: Knish has shades of this. When Mike loses his bankroll to Teddy KGB at the start of the film, Knish sets him up with a part-time job to help make ends meet, and tries to school Mike on how to set himself up to get by in life, and essentially how not to gamble with more than he can afford to lose.
22nd Mar '15 8:20:30 PM Movienut376
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* AlliterativeName: Mike McDermott

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* WhatTheHellHero?: Mike gets hit with this from both Knish and Petrovsky when he tells them how much he's in debt for ($15,000).
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