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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.]]
3rd Apr '16 6:29:15 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''--
** The poker game Jotaro Kujo plays with Daniel J. D'arby in Part 3 ramps up the stakes to the souls of Jotaro's friends. Jotaro even puts his own on the line. [[spoiler:Jotaro wins only through magnificent bluffing, betting ''every'' soul in play on a dud hand.]] This scene appeared in the OVA adaptation.

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''--
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** The poker game Jotaro Kujo plays with Daniel J. D'arby in Part 3 ramps up ''Stardust Crusaders'' has the stakes power to take the souls of Jotaro's friends. whoever loses to him in a game, which he uses successfully against Polnareff and Joseph. When Jotaro even puts 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 on soul, Avdul's, ''and'' Kakyoin's to get back the line. 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 dud hand.]] This scene appeared in the OVA adaptation.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.]]
3rd Apr '16 5:34:02 PM erazor0707
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* ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'': To figure out how to curse somebody, Medusa subjects the protagonists to a series of four of these. In summation, they are: destroy all cobras even though they constantly regenerate and can multiply, get through an elaborate maze full of traps with no directions on time, solve an excruciatingly difficult puzzle, and finally survive fights with full-powered doppelgangers. The stakes are powers and abilities, personality traits, and their lives.
1st Apr '16 12:29:17 PM 69BookWorM69
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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': In "Stairway to Heaven", a small society meets annually and plays faro for [[spoiler: the chance to die in controlled circumstances and be revived in an effort to learn about the afterlife]]. One of the players extols the pure chance of the game allowing everyone to have the same chance of winning, but it turns out [[spoiler: one of the players cheated with marked cards]].
10th Mar '16 4:00:31 PM Thesedaysthosedays
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Make note: This includes some versions of RussianRoulette. [[DealWithTheDevil Deals with devils]] and ChessWithDeath are also common. May lead to being TrappedByGamblingDebts. If the game is televised, it is probably a DeadlyGame. Entertainment-hungry psychopaths might invoke this trope along with CriminalMindGames. If you actually wager ownership of a ''person'', then you may end up [[LostHimInACardGame Losing Him in a Card Game]] or gaining a WagerSlave. Related to TheBet.

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Make note: This includes some versions of RussianRoulette. [[DealWithTheDevil Deals with devils]] and ChessWithDeath are also common. May lead to being TrappedByGamblingDebts. If the game is televised, it is probably a DeadlyGame. Entertainment-hungry psychopaths might invoke this trope along with CriminalMindGames. If you actually wager ownership of a ''person'', then you may end up [[LostHimInACardGame Losing Him in a Card Game]] or gaining a WagerSlave. Related to TheBet. See also ExcusePlot; a game may not have high stakes for us the real-world players, but it's often desirable that there should be some reason for the InUniverse characters to have a reason to treat their activities as a high-stakes game.
29th Feb '16 11:22:50 PM Korodzik
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* The MS-DOS computer virus Q-CASINO.COM ([[https://archive.org/details/malware_Q-CASINO.COM demonstrated safely here]]) challenged the user to a slot-machine game where the stakes are the user's data -- win and the virus removes itself, lose five times and your files are gone.
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