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3rd Sep '16 11:13:58 AM DarkHunter
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* The D'Arby brothers in the third part of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''...well, at least Daniel. He partially, and Terence completely, look for another kind of payment as well: ''[[LostHimInACardGame souls]]''. Daniel runs afoul of Jotaro's incredible poker face; Terence runs afoul of Joseph's legendary skill at ''cheating his ass off''.

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* The D'Arby brothers in the third part of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''...well, at least Daniel. He Both enjoy gambling, but while Daniel is an expert gambler, Terence isn't so great at it. Their skillsets are opposites as well: where Daniel plays games of chance and cheats whenever he can, Terrence relies more on games of skill and generally plays fair, though they share the mindset that "It's not cheating if you don't get caught". Daniel partially, and Terence completely, look for another kind of payment as well: ''[[LostHimInACardGame souls]]''. Daniel runs afoul of Jotaro's incredible poker face; Terence runs afoul of Joseph's legendary skill at ''cheating his ass off''.
21st Aug '16 12:15:56 PM nombretomado
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* "Cutting Cards", an ECComics story, had two extremely competitive professional gamblers playing ToThePain.

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* "Cutting Cards", an ECComics Creator/ECComics story, had two extremely competitive professional gamblers playing ToThePain.
19th Aug '16 6:42:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* The protagonist of ''{{EV}}'' is a successful gambler, specializing in online poker. A fair number of the supporting cast are also professional gamblers, of varying levels of competency.
* In ''NextTownOver'', Hunter is introduced gambling with a woman of this type, who is indignate, and calls in her guards, to deal with the charge of being a hooker.

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* The protagonist of ''{{EV}}'' ''Webcomic/{{EV}}'' is a successful gambler, specializing in online poker. A fair number of the supporting cast are also professional gamblers, of varying levels of competency.
* In ''NextTownOver'', ''Webcomic/NextTownOver'', Hunter is introduced gambling with a woman of this type, who is indignate, and calls in her guards, to deal with the charge of being a hooker.
7th Aug '16 5:23:35 PM nombretomado
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* Bat Lash, a Western character from TheDCU.

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* Bat Lash, a Western character from TheDCU.Franchise/TheDCU.
20th Apr '16 9:54:05 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''Theatre/TheGirlOfTheGoldenWest'', the Girl invokes this trope to Rance as a rationale for settling Mr. Johnson's fate by a game of straight poker:
-->"You're a gambler--he was, too--so am I. I live on chance money--drink money--card money--saloon money. We're gamblers--we're all gamblers!"
25th Dec '15 3:07:43 PM AthelstanRex927
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Risking money on games of chance and skill is a pastime that has been around since the dawn of civilization. The Professional Gambler is someone who emphasizes the "skill" part of the equation. She knows the odds, can read the other players' intentions and resources, and knows the best strategies. She may not always win, but wins often enough to feed herself and stay in "business."

As this way of earning an income only works with games that reward logical thinking, experience, and possibly applied psychology and acting ability, the professional gambler does not play at purely luck-based games, like roulette or slot machines. Favored games are poker, blackjack, and other card games; more rarely seen are sports betting, dice games or billiard. The exact skills required of a professional gambler vary from game to game: in blackjack, savant-like memory and counting skills help to make the game profitable, and poker requires practical psychology and acting.

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Risking money on games of chance and skill is a pastime that has been around since the dawn of civilization. The Professional Gambler is someone who emphasizes the "skill" part of the equation. She knows They know the odds, can read the other players' intentions and resources, and knows know the best strategies. She They may not always win, but wins win often enough to feed herself themselves and stay in "business."

As this way of earning an income only works with games that reward logical thinking, experience, and possibly applied psychology and acting ability, the professional gambler does not play at purely luck-based games, like roulette or slot machines. Favored Favoured games are poker, blackjack, and other card games; more rarely seen are sports betting, dice games or billiard. The exact skills required of a professional gambler vary from game to game: in blackjack, savant-like memory and counting skills help to make the game profitable, and poker requires practical psychology and acting.



In the {{Western}}, professional gamblers are usually dressed in fancy clothes, looking quite prosperous but a bit tacky. Thus the adjective "[[CitySlicker tinhorn]]" often attaches to them. Many will wear a fair amount of jewelry, both to show off, and to have something to toss into the pot if the night is not going well. The gambler's weapon of choice is a Derringer or other small hold-out gun; this can make it hazardous to check his sleeve for concealed aces.

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In the {{Western}}, professional gamblers are usually dressed in fancy clothes, looking quite prosperous but a bit tacky. Thus the adjective "[[CitySlicker tinhorn]]" often attaches to them. Many will wear a fair amount of jewelry, jewellery, both to show off, and to have something to toss into the pot if the night is not going well. The gambler's weapon of choice is a Derringer or other small hold-out gun; this can make it hazardous to check his sleeve for concealed aces.



* Firo Prochainezo of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', as part of his duties as a [[TheMafia camorrista]], manages the Family's casinos (which often involves breaking people's fingers for cheating). As a result, he's picked up enough tricks both honest and [[CardSharp dishonest]] over the last seventy-two years of [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld perpertual teenagerdom]] to rain hell on casinos. As a SelfImposedChallenge he once decided to see what he could do with $100 solely through smart betting. He called it quits after two hours because he managed to multiply his original sum by over a thousand and was worried continuing would raise suspicion even with his occasional deliberate losses.

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* Firo Prochainezo of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', as part of his duties as a [[TheMafia camorrista]], manages the Family's casinos (which often involves breaking people's fingers for cheating). As a result, he's picked up enough tricks both honest and [[CardSharp dishonest]] over the last seventy-two years of [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld perpertual perpetual teenagerdom]] to rain hell on casinos. As a SelfImposedChallenge he once decided to see what he could do with $100 solely through smart betting. He called it quits after two hours because he managed to multiply his original sum by over a thousand and was worried continuing would raise suspicion even with his occasional deliberate losses.



* The protagonists from the ''Film/GodOfGamblers'' series are all...well, gambling masters. It's never shown specifically what tricks they use except for one guy who's a psychic that simply changes the cards to his favor [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment with psychic powers]], but it's presumably counting cards. In one movie, the BigBad used a computer to count the chances, which was countered by the protagonist using a black toothpick to fool the overhead camera.

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* The protagonists from the ''Film/GodOfGamblers'' series are all...well, gambling masters. It's never shown specifically what tricks they use except for one guy who's a psychic that simply changes the cards to his favor favour [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment with psychic powers]], but it's presumably counting cards. In one movie, the BigBad used a computer to count the chances, which was countered by the protagonist using a black toothpick to fool the overhead camera.



* On the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Mississipi Hare", WesternAnimation/BugsBunny passed himself off as one when he stowed away in a river boat, and locked horns with a real Professional Gambler, Colonel Shuffle. Bugs won.

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* On the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Mississipi "Mississippi Hare", WesternAnimation/BugsBunny passed himself off as one when he stowed away in a river boat, and locked horns with a real Professional Gambler, Colonel Shuffle. Bugs won.
17th Nov '15 3:18:16 PM MsChibi
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* Mitchal, a minor character from ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'' is implied to be this, alongside being a bodyguard (and friend) to [[SmugSnake Clair]]. Mitchal always carries a pair of pink dice he believes are "lucky." [[spoiler: [[TragicKeepsake They become Clair's after Mitchal blows himself up to protect him.]]]]
13th Nov '15 2:22:51 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheTwilightZone'' TOS episode "The Grave". Steinhart (Lee van Cleef), a poker player who bets the protagonist he won't go to his enemy's grave at night.

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* ''TheTwilightZone'' TOS ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
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episode "The Grave". Steinhart (Lee van Cleef), a poker player who bets the protagonist he won't go to his enemy's grave at night.
9th Oct '15 1:33:32 PM eroock
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-->''He said, "Son, I've made a life\\

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-->''He ->''He said, "Son, I've made a life\\



--->-- '''Music/KennyRogers''', "The Gambler"

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--->-- -->-- '''Music/KennyRogers''', "The Gambler"
6th Oct '15 8:45:27 AM LordGro
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* [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] winds up forced to become a variation for a time after losing his license to practice law. When we see him in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', he makes a living playing poker, though he doesn't actually gamble any real money on the games he plays, he just gets paid to use his status as an undefeated poker player to attract customers to the restaurant he works at.

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* [[Franchise/AceAttorney ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': Phoenix Wright]] Wright winds up forced to become a variation for a time after losing his license to practice law. When we see him in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', he makes a living playing poker, though he doesn't actually gamble any real money on the games he plays, he just gets paid to use his status as an undefeated poker player to attract customers to the restaurant he works at.
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