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7th Apr '16 11:59:31 AM Taskmaster123
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* PragmaticVillany: After Mike ends up with winning hand at the end, KGB is pissed, but knows he lost fair. His mooks are on the verge of kicking the shit out of Mike, but KGB pulls them up short on their leashes and tells them to give Mike his money and let him go. Not only was this a case of EvenEvilHasStandards, but when you look at the scene, the place was full of other people who'd suspended their games to come over and watch the showdown between KGB and Mike. KGB has to be pragmatic. It would be very bad for his underground poker game business if word got around that he lost fair and square, then refused to pay the man who won and let his mooks beat the shit out of him.

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* PragmaticVillany: PragmaticVillainy: After Mike ends up with winning hand at the end, KGB is pissed, but knows he lost fair. His mooks are on the verge of kicking the shit out of Mike, but KGB pulls them up short on their leashes and tells them to give Mike his money and let him go. Not only was this a case of EvenEvilHasStandards, but when you look at the scene, the place was full of other people who'd suspended their games to come over and watch the showdown between KGB and Mike. KGB has to be pragmatic. It would be very bad for his underground poker game business if word got around that he lost fair and square, then refused to pay the man who won and let his mooks beat the shit out of him.
7th Apr '16 11:58:55 AM Taskmaster123
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* PragmaticVillany: After Mike ends up with winning hand at the end, KGB is pissed, but knows he lost fair. His mooks are on the verge of kicking the shit out of Mike, but KGB pulls them up short on their leashes and tells them to give Mike his money and let him go. Not only was this a case of EvenEvilHasStandards, but when you look at the scene, the place was full of other people who'd suspended their games to come over and watch the showdown between KGB and Mike. KGB has to be pragmatic. It would be very bad for his underground poker game business if word got around that he lost fair and square, then refused to pay the man who won and let his mooks beat the shit out of him.
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.''
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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.''
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