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13th Aug '16 12:04:10 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted twice in a single chapter of ''DGrayMan''. Arystar Krory decides to play poker for the first time with some fellows he meets on the train - when Allen goes to check on him, he's managed to [[ShirtlessScene lose his shirt]] to the gamblers. Allen proceeds to sit down and wins back all of Krory's possessions - by showing off his incredible skills at ''cheating'' at poker.

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* Subverted twice in a single chapter of ''DGrayMan''.''Manga/DGrayMan''. Arystar Krory decides to play poker for the first time with some fellows he meets on the train - when Allen goes to check on him, he's managed to [[ShirtlessScene lose his shirt]] to the gamblers. Allen proceeds to sit down and wins back all of Krory's possessions - by showing off his incredible skills at ''cheating'' at poker.
9th Aug '16 8:14:16 PM FuzzyBoots
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* ''Film/PokerNight'' has the main character produce four twos to defeat a full house in the ultimate game. However, Jeter is shown still in chains and he notes that two of the players are already dead, so it's ambiguous as to whether he ever actually played that hand in the real game, or if it was symbolic of that he could still win.
22nd Jul '16 3:53:03 AM AnotherDuck
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* And, quite obviously, ''not'' truth in television, even though it may seem like it because the unimportant, more statistically sound hands are rarely televised.
14th Jul '16 12:59:09 PM TheCheshireCat
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* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' there are a couple of gambling magazines you can find around the mall - while carrying them your odds of a hitting the jackpot on the slot machines are raised (somehow), and they will also magically give you better cards while playing Texas Hold 'Em against other survivors in the safe house. With all the gambling books, your hole cards are guaranteed to be a pair on every draw.
14th Jun '16 3:41:42 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* A friendly low-stakes Super Hero charity poker game once got derailed by the Kingpin in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''. The game came down to Spidey vs. Kingpin. He beat Kingpin's hand with four of a kind--he even pulled "two threes and another two threes" which, humorously enough, tricked Kingpin into a villain monologue.

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* A friendly low-stakes Super Hero charity poker game once got derailed by the Kingpin ComicBook/{{the Kingpin}} in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''. The game came down to Spidey vs. Kingpin. He beat Kingpin's hand with four of a kind--he even pulled "two threes and another two threes" which, humorously enough, tricked Kingpin into a villain monologue.
25th May '16 1:52:42 AM Alkochochlik
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* In ''StarWars: DarthBane: Path of Destruction'': The titular character is playing Sabacc against a Republic ensign. [[spoiler: They both get an Idiots Array (a two, three and an idiot) which would allow them both to win if the other hadn't gotten it. They both get a nine which was supposed to end the stalemate so Bane gets nine and the Ensign gets eight allowing Bane to win the hand and the pot.]]



* In ''StarWars: DarthBane: Path of Destruction'': The titular character is playing Sabacc against a Republic ensign. [[spoiler: They both get an Idiots Array (a two, three and an idiot) which would allow them both to win if the other hadn't gotten it. They both get a nine which was supposed to end the stalemate so Bane gets nine and the Ensign gets eight allowing Bane to win the hand and the pot.]]
26th Apr '16 10:20:47 AM MajinAkuma
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*** The MostTriumphantExample of this particular idiosyncrasy would probably have been one of the final Duels of ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', where BigBad Don Thousand brought out a card with 100,000 ATK points, then in the final turn, used its effect to boost himself up to 102,900 Life Points. Yuma proceeded to [[spoiler: bring out a monster with 208,000 ATK.]] Keep in mind, the strongest card in the actual game in terms of ATK has 5000 ATK and is considered far more useful for its deck-thinning potential than for its ATK score. This would be the equivalent in poker of beating a royal flush with [[UpToEleven ''two'' royal flushes.]]

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*** The MostTriumphantExample of this particular idiosyncrasy would probably have been one of the final Duels of ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', where BigBad Don Thousand brought out a card with 100,000 ATK points, then in the final turn, used its effect to boost himself up to 102,900 Life Points. Yuma proceeded to [[spoiler: bring out a monster with 208,000 ATK.]] Keep in mind, the strongest card in the actual game in terms of ATK has 5000 ATK and is considered far more useful for its deck-thinning potential than for its ATK score. This would be the equivalent in poker of beating a royal flush with [[UpToEleven ''two'' royal flushes.]]



** ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' has an early episode where the opponents in a tag duel are drawing exactly the cards they need to pull off unlikely combos - ''and the heroes notice their hands are too good''. Turns out the opponents were cheaters stacking their decks, but seriously, with the way people draw on this show, how could you tell?
** Entertainingly subverted in a scene in the [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] 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 with in ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]'', where Misawa ([[DemotedToExtra for part of]] [[PutOnABus the series, anyway]]) has actually calculated the Magic Poker Equation but doesn't rely on it at all, preferring quick thinking to luck.

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** ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' has an early episode where the opponents in a tag duel are drawing exactly the cards they need to pull off unlikely combos - ''and the heroes notice their hands are too good''. Turns out the opponents were cheaters stacking their decks, but seriously, with the way people draw on this show, how could you tell?
** 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 Blue-Eyes White Dragons.
** Played with in ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]'', where Misawa ([[DemotedToExtra for part of]] [[PutOnABus the series, anyway]]) has actually calculated the Magic Poker Equation Equation, but doesn't rely on it at all, preferring quick thinking to luck.



** Lucien Grimley relies on Slash Draw, which discards cards from his deck equal to the number of cards on the field, then lets him draw a card, and if it's another Slash Draw, he destroys every card on the field and inflicts 1000 damage to his opponent for each one. He never fails, though it's revealed that he achieves this with a DealWithTheDevil.
** Damon relies on Miracle Draw, which inflicts 1000 damage to his opponent each time he correctly guesses what card he will draw, and 1000 damage to himself if he guesses wrong. He trained to "draw better" by dropping out of school and pulling cards out of a waterfall, enabling him to use Miracle Draw effectively. Jaden tried to make an aesop about not relying on predicting what you would draw... [[BrokenAesop before shuffling his deck and pulling out the card he needed]]. Its pointed out that Damon's extensive "drawing training" has caused the rest of his Dueling skills to atrophy. We see characters in other YGO series later practice drawing in much the same way, though.

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** Lucien Grimley Ikkaku Tachibana relies on Slash Draw, which discards cards from his deck equal to the number of cards on the field, then lets him draw a card, and if it's another Slash Draw, he destroys every card on the field and inflicts 1000 damage to his opponent for each one. He never fails, though it's revealed that he achieves this with a DealWithTheDevil.
** Damon Taizan relies on Miracle Draw, which inflicts 1000 damage to his opponent each time he correctly guesses what card he will draw, and 1000 damage to himself if he guesses wrong. He trained to "draw better" by dropping out of school and pulling cards out of a waterfall, enabling him to use Miracle Draw effectively. Jaden tried to make an aesop about not relying on predicting what you would draw... [[BrokenAesop before shuffling his deck and pulling out the card he needed]]. Its pointed out that Damon's extensive "drawing training" has caused the rest of his Dueling skills to atrophy. We see characters in other YGO series later practice drawing in much the same way, though.



** Used in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' most of the time. Averted with the Shining Draw ability, which can let Yuma create a new card to draw, but he can only do so under specific circumstances (it's basically this trope justified by magic). In the end, a total of eleven episodes featured the ability, only a small fraction.

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** Used in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' most of the time. Averted with the Shining Draw ability, which can let Yuma create a new card to draw, but he can only do so under specific circumstances (it's basically this trope justified by magic). In the end, a total of eleven episodes featured the ability, only a small fraction.



** Reiji Akaba's DD deck first averts this trope, since he uses cards that allow him to add specific cards from his deck to his hand, until he draws multiple cards at once, which turn out to be his three copies of his DDD Hell Armageddon of Cruel End and two other Pendulum Monsters that allow Reiji to summon all three copies at once.
** Enjoy Choujiro is famous in-universe for doing this. It's been hinted through his chanting and poses before drawing the card he needs that this might be a supernatural ability similar to the Shining Draw, but this is unconfirmed.

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** Reiji Akaba's DD deck first averts this trope, since he uses cards that allow him to add specific cards from his deck to his hand, until he draws multiple cards at once, which turn out to be his three copies of his DDD Hell Armageddon of Cruel End and two other Pendulum Monsters that allow Reiji to summon all three copies at once.
King Hell Armageddon.
** Enjoy Choujiro Tokumatsu is famous in-universe for doing this. It's been hinted through his chanting and poses before drawing the card he needs that this might be a supernatural ability similar to the Shining Draw, but this is unconfirmed.
19th Apr '16 2:16:32 PM Willbyr
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* ''TheLegendOfKoizumi'' takes this trope SerialEscalation, with players consistently earning their trademark ultra-rare hands - for example, Koizumi's Kokushi Musou/Rising Sun which shows up in ''every match.'' That's because it's the technique [[MundaneMadeAwesome THAT BUILT JAPAN!!]]

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* ''TheLegendOfKoizumi'' ''Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi'' takes this trope SerialEscalation, with players consistently earning their trademark ultra-rare hands - for example, Koizumi's Kokushi Musou/Rising Sun which shows up in ''every match.'' That's because it's the technique [[MundaneMadeAwesome THAT BUILT JAPAN!!]]
21st Mar '16 9:29:47 PM vifetoile
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In TV, the most talented poker players get threes of a kind, full houses, straights and flushes with remarkable frequency; it would seem that while ''actual'' poker savants are masters of risk management and psychological warfare, ''fictional'' poker savants are masters of getting dealt good cards.

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In TV, the most talented poker players get threes of a kind, full houses, straights and flushes with remarkable frequency; it would seem that while ''actual'' poker savants are masters of [[GuileHero risk management and psychological warfare, warfare]], ''fictional'' poker savants are masters of [[BornLucky getting dealt good cards.
cards]].
29th Feb '16 1:12:32 AM AdmiralMemo
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* In a similar vein, ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' showcases [[https://youtu.be/yEQyIe6pInA Poker Before Dusk]], with Franklin Elway heading up against the newcomer, Desmond Lamont. Lamont was predicted to win the tournament, despite having the poorer hand of an Ace of Clubs and a Joker. Elway had the stronger hand of a King of Diamonds and [[{{Calvinball}} Mrs. Bun the Baker's Wife]]. [[spoiler:However, after a surprising [[TechnoBabble Twist Flip Gargle play]] against Lamont, Elway beats Lamont when [[{{Calvinball}} an Uno card]] comes up as the [[TechnoBabble Pants Card]].]]
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