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20th Sep '16 1:05:05 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/DestryRidesAgain'': Kent the crooked saloon owner, with help from Frenchy TheChanteuse, is scarfing up land in the valley by luring gullible ranchers into poker games and then cheating.
11th Aug '16 10:42:18 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheScarOfShame'': Louise helps Eddie win at poker by carefully manipulating the mirror in her compact to let him get a look at the other players' cards.
18th Jul '16 6:39:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Chode in ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'' tries to pull this on The Devil to buy time but Satan, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy being, well Satan]], anticipates it and demands they play a variant of poker where the ''lowest'' hand wins.

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* Chode in ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'' tries to pull this on The Devil to buy time but Satan, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy being, well Satan]], Satan, anticipates it and demands they play a variant of poker where the ''lowest'' hand wins.
25th Jun '16 5:32:15 AM Morgenthaler
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10th Jun '16 9:17:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'': The plot is kicked off when, after winning a map from a suspicious man who insisted they use ''his'' dice, Miguel and Tulio are revealed to be using loaded dice and subsequently arrested and put on a boat to Cuba to work the sugar plantations.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'': The plot is kicked off when, after winning a map from a suspicious man who insisted they use ''his'' dice, Miguel and Tulio are revealed to be using loaded dice and subsequently arrested and put on a boat to Cuba to work the sugar plantations.
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* In the MadMagazine story "Religious Promoter of the Year", an [[SinisterMinister immoral preacher]] tells the reporter that they have a casino in the church. When the reporter asks him if [[ExactWords games of chance]] aren't sinful, that's exactly the LoopholeAbuse he needs to argue that since the games are rigged so that the house always wins, [[InsaneTrollLogic that takes the sin out of it]].
* In ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'', cheating at cards is the rule rather than the exception. A poker game in a Lucky Luke comic will rarely result in getting anything else than either aces or twos at your hand.

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* In the MadMagazine story "Religious Promoter of the Year", an [[SinisterMinister immoral preacher]] tells the reporter that they have a casino in the church. When the reporter asks him if [[ExactWords games of chance]] aren't sinful, that's exactly the LoopholeAbuse he needs to argue that since the games are rigged so that the house always wins, [[InsaneTrollLogic that takes the sin out of it]].
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* In ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'', cheating at cards is the rule rather than the exception. A poker game in a Lucky Luke comic will rarely result in getting anything else than either aces or twos at your hand.



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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Ludo Bagman pays his debts with Leprechaun Gold, which disappears after a few hours. When that fails to get him out of his high number of gambling debts, he uses his position as a judge of the Triwizard Tournament to give Harry information he didn't have or give him inordinately high numbers of points.
* Skeeter Jackson from ''Literature/TimeScout'' loves to gamble, and he's not exactly an angel. After his HeelFaceTurn, he ends up in a beautiful Victorian casino and plays a few rounds of craps to "keep his hand in". After he walks away from the table, he says that he threw three sets of dice and all three were loaded. One with heavy paint, one with a mercury tumbler, the third with shaved edges. The person he's with is astonished and appalled. Then Skeeter sits down to play poker and relates an amusing anecdote about a guy with a device up his sleeve.
* In ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'', Jack Aubrey plays some whist in the second book of his series. He accuses the people he's playing with of cheating. As one is a SmugSnake, TheGamblingAddict, and a traitor, that's not implausible.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Ludo Bagman pays his debts with Leprechaun Gold, which disappears after a few hours. When that fails to get him out of his high number of gambling debts, he uses his position as a judge of the Triwizard Tournament to give Harry information he didn't have or give him inordinately high numbers of points.
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* Skeeter Jackson from ''Literature/TimeScout'' loves to gamble, and he's not exactly an angel. After his HeelFaceTurn, he ends up in a beautiful Victorian casino and plays a few rounds of craps to "keep his hand in". After he walks away from the table, he says that he threw three sets of dice and all three were loaded. One with heavy paint, one with a mercury tumbler, the third with shaved edges. The person he's with is astonished and appalled. Then Skeeter sits down to play poker and relates an amusing anecdote about a guy with a device up his sleeve.
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* In ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'', Jack Aubrey plays some whist in the second book of his series. He accuses the people he's playing with of cheating. As one is a SmugSnake, TheGamblingAddict, and a traitor, that's not implausible.



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* One episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' featured a ProfessionalGambler who got cheated at poker. Shawn then figures out that the game must be rigged, then he figures out how.
* Series/{{Angel}} accidentally lost his destiny and got stuck at the slots, feeding in money. Cordelia gave the machine a psychic nudge and Angel won.

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* One episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' featured a ProfessionalGambler who got cheated at poker. Shawn then figures out that the game must be rigged, then he figures out how.
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* Series/{{Angel}} accidentally lost his destiny and got stuck at the slots, feeding in money. Cordelia gave the machine a psychic nudge and Angel won.



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* ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'': Big Jule has his own set of dice; he had the numbers taken off of "for luck." Fortunately he remembers where the spots formerly were, so when he rolls he tells people what his point is.

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* ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'': Big Jule has his own set of dice; he had the numbers taken off of "for luck." Fortunately he remembers where the spots formerly were, so when he rolls he tells people what his point is.

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10th May '16 7:50:13 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* ''LaffALympics'' #13 (Marvel, January 1979) tells that Dread Baron and Dick Dastardly are brothers. In a flashback it shows them playing poker as kids, each trying to out-cheat each other by pulling out and displaying endless aces. Dread Baron pulls out a box with a million aces ("Acme Aces--for the discriminating cheat").

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* ''LaffALympics'' ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics'' #13 (Marvel, January 1979) tells that Dread Baron and Dick Dastardly are brothers. In a flashback it shows them playing poker as kids, each trying to out-cheat each other by pulling out and displaying endless aces. Dread Baron pulls out a box with a million aces ("Acme Aces--for the discriminating cheat").
13th Apr '16 11:59:00 PM Diask
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* In a StarTrekExpandedUniverse novel, it's revealed that Quark bans telepaths from his establishment, as they would have an unfair advantage at gambling.

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* In a StarTrekExpandedUniverse ''Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse'' novel, it's revealed that Quark bans telepaths from his establishment, as they would have an unfair advantage at gambling.



* ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}'': the lead character has an [[PhotographicMemory Eidetic Memory]]; in an EstablishingScene she gets in trouble at an illegal casino for counting cards. She is presumably banned from all the legal casinos on the East Coast.

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* ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}'': the lead character has an [[PhotographicMemory Eidetic Memory]]; in an EstablishingScene establishing moment she gets in trouble at an illegal casino for counting cards. She is presumably banned from all the legal casinos on the East Coast.



* In the first ''Franchise/MassEffect'' game, you have the option of helping a salarian develop a cheating module for Quasar. Of course, cheating is illegal, so he has no intention of using it himself, just selling it to others.

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* In the first ''Franchise/MassEffect'' game, ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', you have the option of helping a salarian develop a cheating module for Quasar. Of course, cheating is illegal, so he has no intention of using it himself, just selling it to others.



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14th Mar '16 3:24:58 AM PaulA
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* In ''Marianne, the Matchbox, and the Malachite Mouse'' by Creator/SheriSTepper, Marianne's sorcerous husband goes into a high-stakes game armed with a pair of dice he's enchanted to throw any number he requires -- even if the number he requires is 1.
14th Mar '16 3:08:05 AM PaulA
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* ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' has Bond noticing an exiled Afghan prince named Kamal Khan taking a British gent for all he's worth in backgammon. He quickly figures out that Khan is using loaded dice that always come up double sixes (how nobody else caught on is a mystery). He offers to play him for double-or-nothing. Khan agrees. Bond invokes the "player's privilege" and uses Khan's dice to win. Instead of letting his Sikh [[TheDragon dragon]] beat up Bond (and cause a scene), Khan pays Bond but warns him to spend the money quickly.



* In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Film/JamesBond is cleaning up playing blackjack in Sanchez's casino. Sanchez sends Lupe in to replace the dealer. After Lupe expertly shuffles and cuts the deck, Bond asks if he is going to lose. Lupe replies yes, but not much. Bond quits the game.



* In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' we discover Q created a ring that allows him to win at slot machines; it contains a magnet that stabilizes the tumblers in such a way that every machine always brings out a jackpot. Since Q doesn't hand this device over to James, or even collect his winnings when he does this to various machines, he appears to have just created it for his own amusement.
* This turns up quite a bit for James Bond; the titular character in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' loved to fix games too. When playing cards at a resort, he has an employee in a nearby balcony using binoculars to read the opponent's cards. Later when playing golf with Bond, he has Oddjob cheat so lower his score. Both times, James turns the tables (first by seducing the employee, then by cheating even harder at golf). This goes a long way to help establish Goldfinger's character; he's already extraordinarily wealthy, but is still greedy and [[EvilIsPetty petty enough]] to cheat to win (ultimately rather minor) sums of money in friendly bets.

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* In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' we discover Q created a ring that allows him to win at slot machines; it contains a magnet that stabilizes the tumblers in such a way that every machine always brings out a jackpot. Since Q doesn't hand this device over to James, or even collect his winnings when he does this to various machines, he appears to have just created it for his own amusement.
* This turns up quite a bit for James Bond; the Film/JamesBond:
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titular character in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' loved to fix games too.games. When playing cards at a resort, he has an employee in a nearby balcony using binoculars to read the opponent's cards. Later when playing golf with Bond, he has Oddjob cheat so lower his score. Both times, James turns the tables (first by seducing the employee, then by cheating even harder at golf). This goes a long way to help establish Goldfinger's character; he's already extraordinarily wealthy, but is still greedy and [[EvilIsPetty petty enough]] to cheat to win (ultimately rather minor) sums of money in friendly bets.
** In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' we discover Q created a ring that allows him to win at slot machines; it contains a magnet that stabilizes the tumblers in such a way that every machine always brings out a jackpot. Since Q doesn't hand this device over to James, or even collect his winnings when he does this to various machines, he appears to have just created it for his own amusement.
** ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' has Bond noticing an exiled Afghan prince named Kamal Khan taking a British gent for all he's worth in backgammon. He quickly figures out that Khan is using loaded dice that always come up double sixes (how nobody else caught on is a mystery). He offers to play him for double-or-nothing. Khan agrees. Bond invokes the "player's privilege" and uses Khan's dice to win. Instead of letting his Sikh [[TheDragon dragon]] beat up Bond (and cause a scene), Khan pays Bond but warns him to spend the money quickly.
** In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Bond is cleaning up playing blackjack in Sanchez's casino. Sanchez sends Lupe in to replace the dealer. After Lupe expertly shuffles and cuts the deck, Bond asks if he is going to lose. Lupe replies yes, but not much. Bond quits the game.




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* At the beginning of the Literature/JamesBond novel ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'', Bond is asked by M to look into another member at M's club who is suspected of cheating at cards. Bond figures out how the man is rigging the game, and conspires with the club's management to rig it better, serving notice to the cheater that he's been caught out without embarrassing the club with a public accusation. Hugo Drax turns out to be the villain of the novel, and his behavior at the card table reveals his defining character flaw: he hates to be beaten at anything.
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