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8th Mar '18 11:11:35 AM Euodiachloris
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', this is one way to view how Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish plays the game of thrones. Others focus on pure XanatosSpeedChess or just being the best damned {{Chessmaster}} they can be: he's too busy getting rich and moving forward while playing poker or backgammon with the both the markets and politics. He is a ''very'' good Master of Coin -- everybody with a POV is very quick to point that out. But, part of it is not just being better than most lords at maths, bookkeeping and keeping a cool head, but being willing to stack the deck his way using very underhanded methods while playing the people game and spiking other player's games. And, all of Westeros is his hustle.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', this is one way to view how Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish plays the game of thrones. Others focus on pure XanatosSpeedChess or just being the best damned {{Chessmaster}} they can be: he's too busy getting rich and moving forward while playing poker or backgammon with the both the markets and politics. He is a ''very'' good Master of Coin -- everybody with a POV concerning him is very quick to point that out. But, part of it is not just being better than most lords at maths, complex mathematics, bookkeeping and keeping a cool head, but also by being willing to stack the deck his way using very underhanded methods methods. He plays with probability and people's psychology while playing the people game and spiking other player's games.hands whenever he gets a chance. And, all of Westeros is his hustle.
8th Mar '18 11:07:35 AM Euodiachloris
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', this is one way to view how Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish plays the game of thrones. Others focus on pure XanatosSpeedChess or just being the best damned {{Chessmaster}} they can be: he's too busy getting rich and moving forward while playing poker or backgammon with the both the markets and politics. He is a ''very'' good Master of Coin -- everybody with a POV is very quick to point that out. But, part of it is not just being better than most lords at maths, bookkeeping and keeping a cool head, but being willing to stack the deck his way using very underhanded methods while playing the people game and spiking other player's games. And, all of Westeros is his hustle.
7th Mar '18 11:45:59 AM Xtifr
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A frequent "bit" in Westerns is for someone on the losing end of a TabletopGame/{{poker}} game to lose their temper and accuse the pro of cheating--this can start a BarBrawl or a quick shootout.

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A frequent "bit" in Westerns is for someone on the losing end of a TabletopGame/{{poker}} game to lose their temper and accuse the pro of cheating--this can start a BarBrawl or a quick shootout.
GamblingBrawl.
30th Jan '18 8:01:08 PM Jgamer
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** In a filler episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', one of these who went to school with Alexis when they were kids shows up to settle the score with her. However, most of his success (at least as a kid) was due to the fact that he had enough money to keep gambling until he finally won. Alexis got sick of it and won everything back through Duel Monsters, but he was a sore loser and stole the scarf she wagered anyway, which leads to their present day game. He uses a deck based on coin tosses and has Alexis on the ropes, owing to the fact that he had a card which allowed him to re-toss bad coin flips. When Alexis destroys the card, he botches the coin flip that would have protected him from the game winning attack.
23rd Dec '17 11:17:19 AM nombretomado
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* When forced to it, [[Series/MrLucky Mr. Lucky]] can make his living this way, though he generally prefers to ''run'' casinos rather than gamble in them.

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* When forced to it, [[Series/MrLucky Mr. Lucky]] Series/MrLucky can make his living this way, though he generally prefers to ''run'' casinos rather than gamble in them.



** Speaking of reality TV, poker pro Jean-Robert Bellande was a contestant on ''{{Survivor}}: China''. Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle, who were also professional poker players, competed in season 15 of TheAmazingRace

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** Speaking of reality TV, poker pro Jean-Robert Bellande was a contestant on ''{{Survivor}}: ''Series/{{Survivor}}: China''. Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle, who were also professional poker players, competed in season 15 of TheAmazingRace''Series/TheAmazingRace''.
9th Dec '17 12:39:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'': In one of ''Doctor Who Magazine's'' backup strips, the [[EldritchAbomination Celestial Toymaker]] once played poker with a riverboat gambler. The gambler endured defeat after defeat, until he resorted to putting holes in his opponent's cards so as to declare the game forfeit. Imagine his surprise when he found [[RealityWarper holes in ''his'' cards as well!]]

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* ''DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'': ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'': In one of ''Doctor Who Magazine's'' ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'''s backup strips, the [[EldritchAbomination Celestial Toymaker]] once played poker with a riverboat gambler. The gambler endured defeat after defeat, until he resorted to putting holes in his opponent's cards so as to declare the game forfeit. Imagine his surprise when he found [[RealityWarper holes in ''his'' cards as well!]]
1st Nov '17 6:04:34 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/CanyonPassage'', Lestrade is a professional gambler who makes his living skinning the miners in Jacksonville. He holds George's [=IOUs=] and keeps dragging him in deeper.
7th Sep '17 3:31:46 PM DocWildNole
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* Creator/PaulNewman is "The Kid" and Creator/EdwardGRobinson is "The Man" in ''Film/TheCincinnatiKid''. Both aspire to be the best professional poker player in the country if not the world. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Care to lay a few bucks]] [[SignificantName on who wins?]]
28th Jul '17 6:42:11 AM Monolaf317
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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.



* Celestia Ludenberg in ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' earns her scholarship to Hopes Peak Academy for being "The Ultimate Gambler," renowned for cleaning out everyone who she's ever bet against. Since she's also known for being an incredible liar, it's hard to tell which of her stories are true; she still fits the motif quite well however (such as knowing immediately when other students are lying or showing off her vast knowledge of game theory frequently).


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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.
* Celestia Ludenberg in ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' earns her scholarship to Hopes Peak Academy for being "The Ultimate Gambler," renowned for cleaning out everyone who she's ever bet against. Since she's also known for being an incredible liar, it's hard to tell which of her stories are true; she still fits the motif quite well however (such as knowing immediately when other students are lying or showing off her vast knowledge of game theory frequently).
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20th Jul '17 6:40:36 PM eowynjedi
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* The Gamblers' Guild in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books. Their Guild House is situated right across the street from the Guild House of the Alchemists, which [[StuffBlowingUp explodes]] often enough to be worth betting on.

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The Gamblers' Guild in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books.of Ankh-Morpork. Their Guild House is situated right across the street from the Guild House of the Alchemists, which [[StuffBlowingUp explodes]] often enough to be worth betting on. (When people ask why they built their guild house across from a building that explodes so often, they reply "did you read the sign above the door?")


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* In ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'', Hornblower is forced to do this after his promotion is cancelled in the Peace of Amiens and the Navy puts him under pay stoppage until he "repays" the salary he drew during that time. He makes himself a "permanent fourth" at whist in a high-class gambling house, where the owner gives him a small stipend for doing so (along with his winnings).
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