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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.



'''Boris:''' Yes. I'm going to fix a game!

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'''Boris:''' Yes. I'm going to fix a game!game!
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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.
26th Feb '16 3:14:13 AM foxley
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* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': In "Against the Odds", a bookie attempts to fix the results of the Ballarat Cup by arranging for the jockey riding the favourite (who is TrappedByGamblingDebts) to throw the race.
18th Feb '16 9:35:34 AM gallium
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18th Feb '16 9:35:11 AM gallium
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* ''[[Film/TwentyOne 21]]'' is a film entirely about counting cards. They also did that in RealLife. The consequences are exaggerated in the film; if any real casino were stupid enough to take those sorts of actions against card counters, the players could easily sue their pants off, rendering it costlier then just letting the players count cards in the first place.
** Card-counting is ''not'' cheating, since the player isn't trying to affect the outcome of the game. It is legal in the United States, as long as the player isn't using a computer or another person to do it, but casinos take various actions to deter them.

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* ''[[Film/TwentyOne 21]]'' is In ''Film/{{Hallelujah}}'', Hotshot has a film entirely about counting cards. They also did pair of loaded dice that in RealLife. The consequences are exaggerated in the film; if any real casino were stupid enough he uses to take those sorts cheat Zeke out of actions against card counters, the players could easily sue their pants off, rendering it costlier then just letting the players count cards in the first place.
** Card-counting is ''not'' cheating, since the player isn't trying to affect the outcome of the game. It is legal in the United States, as long as the player isn't using a computer or another person to do it, but casinos take various actions to deter them.
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10th Jan '16 2:37:09 AM Medinoc
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* Similarly in ''Roleplay/UnnaturalSelection'' by the same author, only this time it was the dealer cheating. The third and last turn of the game had several players going all-in (and the dealer's accomplice folding with a straight flush to avoid appearing ''too'' suspiciously lucky) and ended with three revealed straight flushes and a four-of-a-kind.
27th Dec '15 8:23:14 PM nombretomado
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* One episode of ''{{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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* One episode of ''{{Psych}}'' ''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.
16th Dec '15 5:20:52 PM nombretomado
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* In ''LeagueOfLegends'', Twisted Fate's passive is Loaded Dice, which grants him 1 to 6 gold for each kill. True to his character and the nature of loaded dice, he has a higher chance to roll high numbers.

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* In ''LeagueOfLegends'', ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Twisted Fate's passive is Loaded Dice, which grants him 1 to 6 gold for each kill. True to his character and the nature of loaded dice, he has a higher chance to roll high numbers.
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