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16th Oct '17 9:46:45 AM LexTheDragon
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* ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'''s plot is kicked off by Cuphead losing a game of Craps he bet his and Mugman's souls in.
10th Oct '17 2:12:50 PM Amahn
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' 11th Doctor episode ''The Wedding of River Song'' gives us "Live Chess". Live, as in the pieces are electrified, and each time a piece is moved the voltage in it increases.
** Another 11th Doctor episode ''Nightmare in Silver'' has The Doctor play a game of chess against himself. Actually a Cyber-Planner was trying to take over his body and had intermittent control. If The Doctor lost the game then the Cybermen would have him as their new leader.
* An episode of ''Series/Warehouse13'' used a chess board as a puzzle lock to a door. "Players" were manicled into their chair and faced with a board that would result in checkmate against them in 3 moves. Winning the game would free them and unlock the door, loosing the game resulted in an axe cleaving their head in two. [[spoiler: The person who made that lock was well know for stressing outside the box thinking, and thus the only way to win was to cheat by making impossible moves.]]
* One of the final episodes of ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', ''The Game'', had Kai, who had never played chess before in his life (or undeath), playing a game against Prince. If Kai wins Prince will restore Kai from the state of undeath he had been in for 5000 years. If Prince wins he will take the souls of Stan and Zev.
4th Oct '17 6:27:18 AM TheNerfGuy
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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.
** Weirldy enough, in the manga, Atem has a policy of not playing Duel Monsters with an ante because he doesn't want bet his precious cards on a wager, but he is perfectly fine to bet his own (and Yugi's) life to compensate the lack of Star Chips. [[http://everydayduelist.tumblr.com/post/134372087304/scrawlers-oh-no-he-cant-bet-his-cards-god See here.]]
** 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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** 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.
** Weirldy Weirdly enough, in the manga, Atem has a policy of not playing Duel Monsters with an ante because he doesn't want bet his precious cards on a wager, but he is perfectly fine to bet his own (and Yugi's) and Yugi's life to compensate the lack of Star Chips. [[http://everydayduelist.tumblr.com/post/134372087304/scrawlers-oh-no-he-cant-bet-his-cards-god See here.]]
** 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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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Prince Orgene wagered the DoomsdayDevice his government had built in a duel against [[BigBad Saiou]], for no other reason than to prove how badass he was. (And he wasn't. The whole reason he built it in the first place [[HiddenDepths was to prove it to himself more than anyone else.]]) Whether he was {{brainwashed}} by the villain or not when he made the bet is unclear, but he certainly was after he lost. Even worse, Saiou's ante was the Destiny Hero cards, which ''he didn't even have'', meaning it was a wager he couldn't have kept.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', D-Wheel thief Cid challenged Jack to a duel with a deathtrap that would throw the loser into a car crusher; naturally, Cid rigged it with a safety catch that would save himself if ''he'' lost, but he didn't rig it very ''well''. After Jack won, the catch broke, and he had to be saved by Jack. (Of course, Jack followed through by beating him and his gang up before the police arrived to haul them away.)

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Prince Orgene wagered the DoomsdayDevice his government had built in a duel against [[BigBad Saiou]], for no other reason than to prove how badass he was. (And he wasn't. The whole reason he built it in the first place [[HiddenDepths was to prove it to himself more than anyone else.]]) Whether he was {{brainwashed}} by the villain or not when he made the bet is unclear, but he certainly was after he lost. Even worse, Saiou's ante was the Destiny Hero cards, which ''he didn't even have'', meaning it was a wager he couldn't have kept.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', D-Wheel thief Cid challenged Jack to a duel with a deathtrap that would throw the loser into a car crusher; naturally, Cid rigged it with a safety catch that would save himself if ''he'' lost, but he didn't rig it very ''well''. After Jack won, the catch broke, and he had to be saved by Jack. (Of course, Jack followed through by beating him and his gang up before the police arrived to haul them away.)
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26th Sep '17 2:52:18 AM gravious
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* "The Game" by ''The Levellers'' is a TakeThat against warmongers and power brokers using the metaphor of two men playing a card game in the dark corner of a crowded bar.
20th Aug '17 9:33:10 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "The Dagger Club", a GamblingAddict is playing poker in an attempt to win his way out of debts. After going all in, the woman who holds his gambling debts goads him into betting more: his share of the book store he co-owns, and the missing manuscript that is the MacGuffin of the episode. He accepts, and loses. When it turns out he never had the manuscript, the woman claims his wife's share of the book store as well, as recompense.

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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "The Dagger Club", a GamblingAddict TheGamblingAddict is playing poker in an attempt to win his way out of debts. After going all in, the woman who holds his gambling debts goads him into betting more: his share of the book store he co-owns, and the missing manuscript that is the MacGuffin of the episode. He accepts, and loses. When it turns out he never had the manuscript, the woman claims his wife's share of the book store as well, as recompense.
20th Aug '17 9:29:44 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "The Dagger Club", a GamblingAddict is playing poker in an attempt to win his way out of debts. After going all in, the woman who holds his gambling debts goads him into betting more: his share of the book store he co-owns, and the missing manuscript that is the MacGuffin of the episode. He accepts, and loses. When it turns out he never had the manuscript, the woman claims his wife's share of the book store as well, as recompense.
19th Jul '17 12:49:04 PM FordPrefect
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* Famous Jewish-Roman historian Josephus once survived a systematic mass suicide among his fellow soldiers. Rather than surrender to the Romans, the Jewish rebels arranged themselves in a circle and killed every seventh man (Number six killed number seventh since suicide is a sin) until only Josephus remained. Although not technically a "game", the situation and his ingenious solution has been studied by mathematical game theorists for centuries. Josephus himself claimed that it was God who made him survive, but since it was Josephus who came up with this plan in the first place, after Plan A (Them surrendering to the Romans) failed, more cynical historians and mathematicians have assumed that he figured out which person to start counting at.
* H.L. Hunt bet nearly his entire net wealth on a hand of poker and won his first oil well. He then used that to build a financial empire making him one of the 10 richest Americans in the 1950's.

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* Famous Jewish-Roman historian Josephus once survived a systematic mass suicide among his fellow soldiers. Rather than surrender to the Romans, the Jewish rebels arranged themselves in a circle and killed every seventh man (Number six (#6 killed number seventh #7 since suicide is a sin) until only Josephus remained. Although not technically a "game", the situation and his ingenious solution has been studied by mathematical game theorists for centuries. Josephus himself claimed that it was God who made him survive, but since it was Josephus who came up with this plan in the first place, place after Plan A (Them surrendering (surrendering to the Romans) failed, more cynical historians and mathematicians have assumed that he figured out which person to start counting at.
* H.L. Hunt bet nearly his entire net wealth on a hand of poker and won his first oil well. He then used that to build a financial empire empire, making him one of the 10 richest Americans in the 1950's.



* The real life [[Film/SchindlersList Oskar Schindler]] won Helen Hirsch (a Jew being forced to work as a maid before her inevitable execution) from [[ThoseWackyNazis Amon Goeth]] in a blackjack game so he could keep her safe at his factory. According to Hirsch's testimony, Schindler cheated outrageously throughout the game, and when he won and Goeth tried to wriggle out of the bet, Schindler had the balls to chide him for not playing fair!

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* The real life [[Film/SchindlersList Oskar Schindler]] won Helen Hirsch (a Jew being forced to work as a maid before her inevitable execution) from [[ThoseWackyNazis Amon Goeth]] in a blackjack game so he could keep her safe at his factory. According to Hirsch's testimony, Schindler cheated outrageously throughout the game, and when he won and Goeth tried to wriggle out of the bet, Schindler had the balls to chide him ''him'' for not playing fair!
19th Jul '17 12:46:05 PM FordPrefect
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** A similar situation exists in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and several of its descendants; with the Deck of Many Things, you declare how many cards you are going to draw from it first, and then your character has to draw the cards. The more cards you draw, the more likely that you'll hit one of the negative effects (ranging from instant poverty to being magically imprisoned to possible permadeath), and you have to draw 'exactly' the number that you pick, so no quitting after you've drawn one good card.

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** A similar situation exists in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and several of its descendants; with the Deck of Many Things, you declare how many cards you are going to draw from it first, and then your character has to draw the cards. The more cards you draw, the more likely that you'll hit one of the negative effects (ranging from instant poverty to being magically imprisoned to possible permadeath), and you have to draw 'exactly' ''exactly'' the number that you pick, so no quitting after you've drawn one good card.
17th Jul '17 3:19:55 PM Zuxtron
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8th Jul '17 11:15:20 AM luiz4200
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* ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays2004'': If Phileas Fogg circumnavigates the world in eighty days, he'll replace Lord Kelvin as Minister of Science. If he doesn't, he'll have to destroy his lab and never invent anything again.
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