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15th Aug '16 6:30:12 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'': Millions of pounds are bet on every single Game. It's explicitly mentioned that a modestly wealthy person who becomes a Voice for a talented button man can become ''obscenely'' rich.
3rd Aug '16 7:01:38 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** Pegasus gets into this too in the original anime. In the Duelist Kingdom arc, he states that should he lose to the finalist, said finalist can have ''anything'' Pegasus can provide. His assistant croquet states that this is ''literal'' and includes the island and I2 (Pegasus' corporation) itself. (Of course, Pegasus never intends to lose, but when he does, he keeps his word and fulfils Yugi's rather humble request; well, considering the offer.)

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** Pegasus gets into this too in the original anime. In the Duelist Kingdom arc, he states that should he lose to the finalist, said finalist can have ''anything'' Pegasus can provide. His assistant croquet Croquet states that this is ''literal'' and includes the island and I2 (Pegasus' corporation) itself. (Of course, Pegasus never intends to lose, but when he does, he keeps his word and fulfils Yugi's rather humble request; well, considering the offer.)
1st Aug '16 5:33:07 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Franchise/YuGiOh''. The [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]], [[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Toei anime]], and [[Anime/YuGiOh the second-series anime]] all have this to varying degrees, with ordinary games turned into deadly Shadow Games by the powers of Millennium Items. "Games with high stakes" is arguably the main plot device of the whole series.

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* ''Franchise/YuGiOh''.
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The [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]], [[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Toei anime]], and [[Anime/YuGiOh the second-series anime]] all have this to varying degrees, with ordinary games turned into deadly Shadow Games by the powers of Millennium Items. "Games with high stakes" is arguably the main plot device of the whole series.


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** Pegasus gets into this too in the original anime. In the Duelist Kingdom arc, he states that should he lose to the finalist, said finalist can have ''anything'' Pegasus can provide. His assistant croquet states that this is ''literal'' and includes the island and I2 (Pegasus' corporation) itself. (Of course, Pegasus never intends to lose, but when he does, he keeps his word and fulfils Yugi's rather humble request; well, considering the offer.)
7th Jul '16 9:59:03 AM Briguy52748
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** "The Boars Nest Bears," where Boss Hogg exemplifies everything that is wrong with youth sports: Gambling (with a rival county boss, [[note]]who himself has had the game rigged by forging the birth certificate of Hazzard's star player, to ensure an easy win[[/note]]), and more importantly, Boss making Bo and Luke's very freedom ride on the Bears winning the game, since Boss is well aware of his rival's tricks and, expecting Hazzard to lose, plans to have Bo and Luke cuffed and stuffed even before the final buzzer quits sounding, thanks to a series of "felonies" (which would never stick in a real-life criminal justice system).

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** "The Boars Nest Bears," where Boss Hogg exemplifies everything that is wrong with youth sports: Gambling (with a rival county boss, [[note]]who boss[[note]], who himself has had the game rigged by forging the birth certificate of Hazzard's star player, to ensure an easy win[[/note]]), win for his team[[/note]]), and more importantly, Boss making Bo and Luke's very freedom ride on the Bears winning the game, since Boss is well aware of his rival's tricks and, expecting Hazzard to lose, plans to have Bo and Luke cuffed and stuffed even before the final buzzer quits sounding, thanks to a series of "felonies" stuffed, charged with several felonies (which would would, by the way, never stick in a real-life criminal justice system).system) even before the final buzzer quits sounding.
7th Jul '16 9:56:59 AM Briguy52748
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* On ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' in the episode "$10 Million Sheriff'', Roscoe inherits a lot of money. He and Boss Hogg play a hand of poker against each other, with both ultimately betting everything they own. [[spoiler: Roscoe wins and declares "I just made the richest man in Hazzard the poorest in the state!"]]

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* On ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' in the episode "$10 ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''
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Million Sheriff'', Sheriff", Roscoe inherits a lot of money. He and Boss Hogg play a hand of poker against each other, with both ultimately betting everything they own. [[spoiler: Roscoe wins and declares "I just made the richest man in Hazzard the poorest in the state!"]]state!"]]
** "The Boars Nest Bears," where Boss Hogg exemplifies everything that is wrong with youth sports: Gambling (with a rival county boss, [[note]]who himself has had the game rigged by forging the birth certificate of Hazzard's star player, to ensure an easy win[[/note]]), and more importantly, Boss making Bo and Luke's very freedom ride on the Bears winning the game, since Boss is well aware of his rival's tricks and, expecting Hazzard to lose, plans to have Bo and Luke cuffed and stuffed even before the final buzzer quits sounding, thanks to a series of "felonies" (which would never stick in a real-life criminal justice system).
23rd Jun '16 11:56:57 PM PaulA
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* ''[[Creator/AntonChekhov The Bet]]'' - An early example of this trope where a man makes a bet that he can remain in solitary confinement for 15 years. If he wins, he gets 2 million rubles, but if he loses, he has wasted years of his life.
* ''[[Creator/StephenKing The Ledge]]'' - A man is forced to walk around the ledge of a skyscraper. If he succeeds, he will get large amounts of money and the wife of his tormentor. This was later adapted into a segment in ''Film/CatsEye''.

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* ''[[Creator/AntonChekhov The Bet]]'' Creator/AntonChekhov's ''The Bet'' - An early example of this trope where a man makes a bet that he can remain in solitary confinement for 15 years. If he wins, he gets 2 million rubles, but if he loses, he has wasted years of his life.
* ''[[Creator/StephenKing The Ledge]]'' Creator/StephenKing's ''The Ledge'' - A man is forced to walk around the ledge of a skyscraper. If he succeeds, he will get large amounts of money and the wife of his tormentor. This was later adapted into a segment in ''Film/CatsEye''.
25th May '16 6:37:05 PM Someoneman
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* ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'''s Sky Masterson got his name from his love for "crazy" bets. In the climax of the show ([[CrowningMusicOfAwesome "Luck Be]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome A Lady"]]), bets every man at the craps game $1,000 against their souls - if he wins, they have to show up at the Save-a-Soul Mission.

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* ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'''s Sky Masterson got his name from his love for "crazy" bets. In the climax of the show ([[CrowningMusicOfAwesome "Luck Be]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ("Luck Be A Lady"]]), Lady"), bets every man at the craps game $1,000 against their souls - if he wins, they have to show up at the Save-a-Soul Mission.
3rd May '16 6:21:38 PM Divra
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* In ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' anything and everything can be staked in a [[CookingDuel shokugeki]]. In fact, the bylaws that govern the shokugeki state that both parties must put up stakes of equal value, to be agreed upon by the participants. So far, we have seen prized kitchen knives, booth sites for the school festival, a secretarial job, a HollywoodRestrainingOrder, several club rooms (along with millions of yen in cooking equipment), significant areas of farmland, seats on the AbsurdlyPowerfulSchoolCouncil and a chef's entire career staked in shokugeki at some point.

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* In ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' anything and everything can be staked in a [[CookingDuel shokugeki]]. In fact, the bylaws that govern the shokugeki state that both parties must put up stakes of equal value, to be agreed upon by the participants. So far, we have seen prized kitchen knives, booth sites for the school festival, a secretarial job, a HollywoodRestrainingOrder, several club rooms (along with millions of yen in cooking equipment), significant areas of farmland, seats on the AbsurdlyPowerfulSchoolCouncil AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil and a chef's entire career staked in shokugeki at some point.
3rd May '16 6:20:41 PM Divra
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* In ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' anything and everything can be staked in a [[CookingDuel shokugeki]]. In fact, the bylaws that govern the shokugeki state that both parties must put up stakes of equal value, to be agreed upon by the participants. So far, we have seen prized kitchen knives, booth sites for the school festival, a secretarial job, a HollywoodRestrainingOrder, several club rooms (along with millions of yen in cooking equipment), significant areas of farmland, seats on the AbsurdlyPowerfulSchoolCouncil and a chef's entire career staked in shokugeki at some point.
19th Apr '16 12:04:16 AM thatother1dude
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** Daniel J. D'arby in ''Stardust Crusaders'' has the power to take the souls of whoever loses to him in a game, which he uses successfully against Polnareff and Joseph. When Jotaro faces him in a game of poker game, Jotaro loses half of his soul on one hand, then ramps the stakes up massively for the second. Jotaro bets his own soul, Avdul's, ''and'' Kakyoin's to get back the ones taken. Jotaro then bets the souls of ''his mother'' souls (because she would face certain death if their mission was a failure), against D'arby's revealing the power of DIO's Stand ([[TheMobBossIsScarier and facing a certain, horrible death]] as a consequence). [[spoiler:Jotaro wins only through magnificent bluffing, betting ''every'' soul in play on a hand he didn't look at that and turned out to be a dud. D'arby is so shocked by Jotaro's confidence that he loses consciousness before he can call, thus forfeiting.]]

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** Daniel J. D'arby in ''Stardust Crusaders'' has the power to take the souls of whoever loses to him in a game, which he uses successfully against Polnareff and Joseph. When Jotaro faces him in a game of poker game, poker, Jotaro loses half of his soul on one hand, then ramps the stakes up massively for the second. Jotaro bets his own soul, Avdul's, ''and'' Kakyoin's to get back the ones taken. Jotaro then bets the souls soul of ''his mother'' souls (because she would face certain death die if their mission was a failure), against D'arby's D'arby revealing the power of DIO's Stand ([[TheMobBossIsScarier and facing a certain, horrible death]] as a consequence). [[spoiler:Jotaro wins only through magnificent bluffing, betting ''every'' soul in play putting this all on a hand he didn't look at that and which turned out to be a dud. D'arby is so shocked by Jotaro's confidence that he loses consciousness before he can call, thus forfeiting.]]
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