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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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--->-- '''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.
5th Oct '15 9:35:47 PM RaustBD
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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.
21st Aug '15 6:47:23 AM Willbyr
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--->- '''Music/KennyRogers''', "The Gambler"

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



* ''{{Akagi}}'' sure makes a shocking amount of money from gambling, managing to bankrupt one {{Yakuza}} boss after another. He isn't good at spending, however.

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* ''{{Akagi}}'' Manga/{{Akagi}} sure makes a shocking amount of money from gambling, managing to bankrupt one {{Yakuza}} boss after another. He isn't good at spending, however.



* The Gambling King from ''RanmaOneHalf'', who is actually a terrible gambler.

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* The Gambling King from ''RanmaOneHalf'', ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', who is actually a terrible gambler.
9th Jul '15 11:51:36 PM foxley
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* Ben from ''Series/FrontierCircus'' was a professional gambler at some time in his past. In "Quick Shuffle", he runs into another professional gambler he knew from the old days who uses a doctored IOU to try and claim half of the circus.
9th Jun '15 10:29:07 PM jayoungr
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* John "Lucky" Garnett of ''Film/SwingTime.'' He also [[Creator/FredAstaire dances a bit,]] but he insists that gambling is his real talent.
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