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23rd Jun '18 5:57:29 PM Trueman001
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* In "I am a Nucleus" by Stephen Barr, a poker game between friends turns ugly because, every time the owner of the flat where the game takes place is the dealer, he always deals himself a king-high straight flush and somebody else four aces. [[sapoiler:This turns out to be because the protagonist, a neighbour of the poker player, is the focus of a storm of luck, both good and bad.]]

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* In "I am a Nucleus" by Stephen Barr, a poker game between friends turns ugly because, every time the owner of the flat where the game takes place is the dealer, he always deals himself a king-high straight flush and somebody else four aces. [[sapoiler:This [[spoiler:This turns out to be because the protagonist, a neighbour of the poker player, is the focus of a storm of luck, both good and bad.]]
11th Jun '18 7:02:13 PM FuzzyBoots
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* ''Film/BlindsidedTheGame'' has Walter win the poker game with a lucky flush after having won prior hands by reading Sal's audible (to a blind man) tells.
8th Jun '18 6:00:06 AM Trueman001
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* In "I am a Nucleus" by Stephen Barr, a poker game between friends turns ugly because, every time the owner of the flat where the game takes place is the dealer, he always deals himself a king-high straight flush and somebody else four aces. [[sapoiler:This turns out to be because the protagonist, a neighbour of the poker player, is the focus of a storm of luck, both good and bad.]]
5th Jun '18 1:54:31 PM TonyG
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** In "Barbary Coast Bunny". The villain gets a full house, to which a dejected Bugs (disguised as a gullible country bumpkin) moans, "Gee, all I got is two pair. A pair of ones, and another pair of ones." He is referring to a Quad of aces, the second highest value hand in the rules of poker. He also manages to win several other casino games, despite the fact they've all been rigged by the same villain.

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** In "Barbary Coast Bunny"."WesternAnimation/BarbaryCoastBunny". The villain gets a full house, to which a dejected Bugs (disguised as a gullible country bumpkin) moans, "Gee, all I got is two pair. A pair of ones, and another pair of ones." He is referring to a Quad of aces, the second highest value hand in the rules of poker. He also manages to win several other casino games, despite the fact they've all been rigged by the same villain.
30th May '18 1:20:13 PM foxmccloud4387
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** Entertainingly subverted in a scene in the [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] and in the original dub where Kaiba needs to draw a card to [[DeathDealer throw at a gunman]], and prays he'll get a common card. He's disgusted to see it's one of his prized Blue-Eyes White Dragons.

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** Entertainingly subverted turned on its head in a scene in the [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] and in the original dub where Kaiba needs to draw a card to [[DeathDealer throw at a gunman]], and prays he'll get a common card. He's disgusted to see it's one of his prized Blue-Eyes White Dragons.



*** Played a bit with Shooting Star Dragon. Every single time Yusei activates its "attack for all the Tuners on top of your Deck" effect, he gets at least three out of five cards. Normally this wouldn't be too hard - his deck has an abnormally large amount of Tuners he regularly uses. Though one time he did draw five Tuners in a row, but this is explicitly because the Crimson Dragon was channeling the power of all the Signers into him.
** Subverted with Aporia as a HopeSpot. Aporia has the card After Glow, which shuffles itself into the deck and inflicts 4000 damage to the opponent when it is drawn again. To maximize his chances of success, he sends all the cards in his deck to the graveyard so that After Glow will be the only card and he will be sure to draw it. Z-One counters this tactic by using a card to shuffle Aporia's graveyard back into his deck, then declares that with a 1/34 chance, there is no way he can do it. Aporia declares he can do it and draws... Machine Emperor Granel Infinity, and he loses.

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*** Played a bit with Shooting Star Dragon. Every single time Yusei activates its "attack for all the Tuners on top of your Deck" effect, he gets at least three out of five cards. Normally this wouldn't be too hard - his deck has an abnormally large amount of Tuners he regularly uses. uses - and at one point he even misses out on a clean finisher because he fell one Tuner short of a lethal attack. Though one time two times he did draw five Tuners in a row, but this is explicitly because the Crimson Dragon was channeling the power of all the Signers into him.
** Subverted with Aporia as a HopeSpot. Aporia has the card After Glow, which shuffles itself into the deck and inflicts 4000 damage to the opponent when it is drawn again.again (and because 4000 is the starting LP in the anime, it's almost always a OneHitKill). To maximize his chances of success, he sends all the cards in his deck to the graveyard so that After Glow will be the only card and he will be sure to draw it. Z-One counters this tactic by using a card to shuffle Aporia's graveyard back into his deck, deck and then activating an effect that will burn away the rest of Aporia's LP during his Standby Phase, meaning that Aporia's victory depends on whether he draws After Glow the next turn. Z-one declares that with a 1/34 chance, there is no way he Aporia can do it. Aporia declares he can do it and draws... Machine Emperor Granel Infinity, and he loses. To rub salt in the wound, Granel was the same monster that was responsible for the "[[CynicismCatalyst great despairs]]" of Aporia's life, meaning that Aporia drew the ''worst'' (or at least the most insulting) possible card that he could have at that moment.
27th May '18 12:53:54 PM zarpaulus
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* ''Film/{{Solo}}'': In Han and Lando's [[spoiler: first]] sabacc game Han gets a straight of staves, [[spoiler: but Lando pulls a card out of his sleeve and wins with a full sabacc. Before their rematch Han pickpockets Lando's sleeve and wins the Millennium Falcon fair and square.]]
19th May '18 5:19:17 AM Gemser
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPTHNr8s76w Quad aces vs. royal flush]] has happened in the World Series of Poker Texas Hold 'Em (possible with community cards), although it was not the final hand. The probability for this is ''1:1.27 billion''. All players were in complete shock when they saw this and no player really made a mistake here.
19th May '18 5:12:06 AM Gemser
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* ''Film/ABigHandForTheLittleLady'': In a high-stakes poker game, everyone gets monster cards on the same hand and raise the stakes to a huge pot, threatening to push sad-sack gambling addict Henry Fonda out of the game in spite of the fact that he think he's got an unbeatable hand. It turns out that [[spoiler:he's a con-man, but his con requires all of his marks to get huge hands at the same time]].

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* ''Film/ABigHandForTheLittleLady'': In a high-stakes poker game, everyone gets monster cards on the same hand and raise the stakes to a huge pot, threatening to push sad-sack gambling addict Henry Fonda out of the game in spite of the fact that he think thinks he's got an unbeatable hand. It turns out that [[spoiler:he's a con-man, but his con requires all of his marks to get huge hands at the same time]].time. He, for his part, was running a stone-cold bluff and only wins because everybody else folds seemingly very strong hands]].
19th May '18 4:54:48 AM Gemser
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* In a game of three or more players, almost every hand is quickly whittled down to two players - usually the same two, time and time again.

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* In a game of three or more players, almost every hand is quickly whittled down to two players - usually the same two, time and time again. The "unimportant" characters never pick up any good hands.



* The person who puts their cards down first loses. Especially if they've got such a good hand they don't even wait to see the other person's cards before they start cackling and raking in their winnings. (See also: AssumedWin) Exception: the person puts their cards down and the other player concedes defeat without showing their own cards - because they're throwing the game.

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* The person who puts their cards down first loses. Especially if they've got such a good hand they don't even wait to see the other person's cards before they start cackling and raking in their winnings. (See also: AssumedWin) Very often you see the players showing their hands in ascending strength, like player A two pair, player B three of a kind, player C full house, player D takes the pot with with four of a kind. Exception: the person puts their cards down and the other player concedes defeat without showing their own cards - because they're throwing the game.




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* The concept of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot_odds pot odds]] is almost non-existent in fiction, leading to players staying in the pot with very weak hands and catching their miracle card and win it all. This is often celebrated as a great play or the showcase of the true skill of the player, but in reality this is just pure dumb luck and a very safe way to go broke sooner than later. Also in draw poker, exchanging cards will often improve hands to a ridiculous degree, like having a small pair, exchanging three cards and picking up a strong full house or having nothing, taking four cards and improving to a straight flush.
* When the hero ever runs a bluff, it will almost never be a semi-bluff and often happens in a spot where bluffing makes no sense. Also, the opponents will often fold ridiculously strong hands to it, like full houses or even quads, while in reality this happens very rarely and calling with hands of such strength is almost never a mistake [[note]]For folding e.g. quads to be a correct play you must be sure that your opponent is so tight that he can '''only''' play the one hand that has you beat in this spot, as long as he has weaker hands in his hand range, most players will go for the call and most heroes in fiction are very loose.[[/note]]
* Also, four aces is a hand that shows up far too common, especially in draw poker and is often treated as the highest hand or at least of the highest symbolic value. [[note]]Four aces used to be the highest combination before the flush and the straight were introduced before and during the American Civil War respectively, but this seems to apply to works too that are set later than that, like 1880-1900, probably to make it easier for the viewer who hasn't much knowledge about poker)[[/note]] Cracking four aces with a straight flush is fairly common too, even if the probability for this is close to zero.
16th Apr '18 10:09:47 AM MBG159
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** In general, many cards that characters use tend to be [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands very, very specific in their usage]], especially from later ''5Ds'' onward. Once these cards are used, they rarely if ever appear again. A great example is [[Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL Shark]]'s [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Xyz_Dimension_Splash Xyz Dimension Splash]], a Trap with a very difficult-to-activate condition (it has to be [[DeaderThanDead banished while facedown;]] banishing a random Set card is something few opponents would do) that supports the summon of Rank 8 Xyz monsters (of which Shark has none). Coincidentally, the Duel he used this in was a Tag Duel with Kaito (who does use Rank 8s) against an opponent whose monster had an indiscriminate banishing effect.



** Johan uses a deck consisting of the seven Gem Beasts, of which there are only one of each. This means that Johan has only seven monsters in his entire 40-card deck (and Rainbow Dragon, but that has a special summoning condition, and he doesn't have it till the end of the Season). Despite this, he never has a problem drawing at least two Gem Beasts in his opening hand. This would almost be justifiable if his other cards let him search for his Monsters, or recycle them when they leave the field, but this is not the case.

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** Johan uses a deck consisting of the seven Gem Beasts, of which there are only one of each. This means that Johan has only seven monsters in his entire 40-card deck (and Rainbow Dragon, but that has a special summoning condition, and he doesn't have it till the end for a good chunk of the Season).series). Despite this, he never has a problem drawing at least two Gem Beasts in his opening hand. This would almost be justifiable if his other cards let him search for his Monsters, or recycle them when they leave the field, but most of the time, this is not the case.
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