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26th Mar '17 12:08:04 PM shinyshadowklefki
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* In ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' it's called 'god drawing' or 'godhanding', and occasionally 'topdecking' (though 'topdecking' often refers explicitly to drawing cards when you have nothing in your hand).

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* In ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' it's called 'god drawing' or 'godhanding', and occasionally 'topdecking' (though 'topdecking' often refers explicitly to drawing cards when you have nothing in your hand). Due to the anime, it is also often called 'destiny draw' or 'heart of the cards'.
7th Jan '17 2:20:36 PM StFan
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* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the Emperor challenges Kitten to a Paradox-Billiards-Vostroyan-Roulette-Fourth Dimensional-Hypercube-Chess-Strip Poker a.k.a. TabletopGame/YuGiOh. In his first turn, Kitten lays down a monster card face-down. The Emperor proceeds to pull out a sixteen-card combo that leaves him with an indestructible monster and an indestructible spell that forces Kitten to attack directly with any monster he brings out and destroys it, while both are down to 100 Life Points. Kitten wins by using two cards - a spell that returns all spell cards to hand and a monster that returns an enemy's monster card to hand upon being placed, which then erases the Emperor's last Life Points.
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* In ''WebVideo/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the Emperor challenges Kitten to a Paradox-Billiards-Vostroyan-Roulette-Fourth Dimensional-Hypercube-Chess-Strip Poker a.k.a. TabletopGame/YuGiOh. In his first turn, Kitten lays down a monster card face-down. The Emperor proceeds to pull out a sixteen-card combo that leaves him with an indestructible monster and an indestructible spell that forces Kitten to attack directly with any monster he brings out and destroys it, while both are down to 100 Life Points. Kitten wins by using two cards - a spell that returns all spell cards to hand and a monster that returns an enemy's monster card to hand upon being placed, which then erases the Emperor's last Life Points.

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* [[WrongGenreSavvy Sooni]] from ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' tries to invoke this law by telling Mack (the protagonist) to draw first. It kind of works; Mack draws a king and Sooni draws an ace, but with a shout of "Nobody did ever say aces were high" from the audience, all hell breaks loose.
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/SMBCTheater'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfsuuYKU6mk here]], where the players go from implausibly good hands, to outright impossible hands, to things that aren't even poker hands.
* In ''WebVideo/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the Emperor challenges Kitten to a Paradox-Billiards-Vostroyan-Roulette-Fourth Dimensional-Hypercube-Chess-Strip similar vein, ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' showcases [[https://youtu.be/yEQyIe6pInA Poker a.k.a. TabletopGame/YuGiOh. In his 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]].]]
* Taken to extremes in ''Roleplay/UnnaturalSelection''[='s=] [[FixingTheGame rigged poker game]] in thread 12, due to the crooked dealer lacking subtlety. After having been suspiciously lucky the
first turn, Kitten lays down a monster card face-down. The Emperor proceeds to pull out a sixteen-card combo that leaves him with an indestructible monster and an indestructible spell that forces Kitten to attack directly with any monster he brings out and destroys it, while both are down to 100 Life Points. Kitten wins by using two cards - turns, the viewpoint character is dealt a spell that returns all spell cards straight flush, but decides to hand fold rather than make the cheat ''that'' obvious. Several other players go all-in... And in the end reveal three other straight flushs and a monster that returns an enemy's monster card to hand upon being placed, which then erases four-of-a-kind. Cue JawDrop from the Emperor's last Life Points.remaining player, who only had a full house.






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* [[WrongGenreSavvy Sooni]] from ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' tries to invoke this law by telling Mack (the protagonist) to draw first. It kind of works; Mack draws a king and Sooni draws an ace, but with a shout of "Nobody did ever say aces were high" from the audience, all hell breaks loose.
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/SMBCTheater'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfsuuYKU6mk here]], where the players go from implausibly good hands, to outright impossible hands, to things that aren't even poker hands.
* 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]].]]
* Taken to extremes in ''Roleplay/UnnaturalSelection''[='s=] [[FixingTheGame rigged poker game]] in thread 12, due to the crooked dealer lacking subtlety. After having been suspiciously lucky the first two turns, the viewpoint character is dealt a straight flush, but decides to fold rather than make the cheat ''that'' obvious. Several other players go all-in... And in the end reveal three other straight flushs and a four-of-a-kind. Cue JawDrop from the remaining player, who only had a full house.
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7th Jan '17 1:07:08 PM jakobitis
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** It does at least subvert 'the tell' giveaway - Le Chiffre was faking his throughout the entire game, tricking Bond into thinking his hand is much weaker than it really is.
15th Dec '16 2:32:49 AM GMon
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t0pzLnSWw0 OH IT'S LIGHTNING HELIX! OH MY GOD!]] For laypeople: Craig Jones was in a very bad position against his semifinals opponent in the deciding game of the set, in the '''MagicTheGathering''' Pro Tour. The commentators were theorizing he'd take the safer play of using his only direct-damage spell on his opponent's creatures, giving him more time to live and potentially draw what he needed. Craig Jones instead, figuring he was in such a bad position he'd lose even with an extra turn or two, opted to use the spell on his opponent. He had one and only one out - Lightning Helix, the one spell in his deck that would deal the remaining damage needed to his foe without killing himself in the process. His opponent gets to his feet: "Slam it!" he said. "Don't look, just slam it!" It was Lightning Helix. That Lightning Helix won Craig Jones $16,000.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju_LZGBN5qU this]] topdeck. Gabriel Nassif was a turn away from losing his quarterfinal match against Matteo Orsini-Jones. On his turn, he draws his card but doesn't look at it, then arranges his lands, saying "I'm putting together my Ultimatum mana." That would be [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=175079 Cruel Ultimatum]], a card that would turn the tables in a hurry. Then, he finally looks at his card...and sure enough, it's Cruel Ultimatum, giving him the match and, eventually, the tournament. This ended up being subverted in a World Championship match where Kai Budde is about to lose but draws a Morphling, the one card in his deck that can turn the game around for him. After he wins, people comment on his incredible luck but more GenreSavvy players and commentators quickly pointed out that Kai's deck is full of card drawing and deck manipulation cards. For the last dozen or so turns he has been using these cards to dig deeper into his deck and maximized his odds of drawing the Morphling. It was still lucky for him to get it on that turn but he only got it because his superior playing skills got him to that point.

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* Has happened a few times in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' tournaments:
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[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t0pzLnSWw0 OH IT'S LIGHTNING HELIX! OH MY GOD!]] For laypeople: Topdeck of the Century]]: During Pro Tour Honolulu, Craig Jones was in a very bad position against his semifinals opponent Olivier Ruel in the deciding game of the set, in the '''MagicTheGathering''' Pro Tour. semifinals set. The commentators were theorizing he'd take the safer play of using his only direct-damage spell on his opponent's Ruel's creatures, giving him more time to live and potentially draw what he needed. Craig Jones instead, figuring he was in such a bad position he'd lose even with an extra turn or two, opted to use the spell on his opponent. Ruel. He had one and only one out - out: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=386343 Lightning Helix, Helix]], the one spell in his deck that would deal the remaining damage needed to his foe without killing himself in the process. His opponent Ruel gets to his feet: "Slam it!" he said. "Don't look, just slam it!" It was Lightning Helix. That Lightning Helix won Craig Jones $16,000.
* ---> '''Commentator:''' OH IT'S LIGHTNING HELIX! OH MY GOD!
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[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju_LZGBN5qU this]] topdeck. Gabriel Nassif's Called Shot]]: Gabriel Nassif was a turn away from losing his quarterfinal match against Matteo Orsini-Jones. On his turn, he draws his card but doesn't look at it, then arranges his lands, saying "I'm putting together my Ultimatum mana." That would be [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=175079 Cruel Ultimatum]], a card that would turn the tables in a hurry. Then, he finally looks at his card...and sure enough, it's Cruel Ultimatum, giving him the match and, eventually, the tournament. This ended up being subverted tournament.
** {{Subverted|Trope}}
in a World Championship match where Kai Budde is about to lose but draws a Morphling, the one card in his deck that can turn the game around for him. After he wins, people comment on his incredible luck but more GenreSavvy players and commentators quickly pointed out that Kai's deck is full of card drawing and deck manipulation cards. For the last dozen or so turns he has been using these cards to dig deeper into his deck and maximized his odds of drawing the Morphling. It was still lucky for him to get it on that turn but he only got it because his superior playing skills got him to that point.
5th Dec '16 7:41:35 PM BattleMaster
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', Zeb is playing Lando Calrissian in sabacc and [[LostHimInACardGame wagers Chopper]]; both have hands which are implied in context to be very good: Zeb has a sabacc and Lando has an Idiot's Array. Justified since Zeb wouldn't take a risk like that (and Kanan wouldn't back him up on it) unless he had something nearly unbeatable - but Lando still needed to win, [[AnthropicPrinciple or else there'd be no plot]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', Zeb is playing Lando Calrissian in sabacc and [[LostHimInACardGame wagers Chopper]]; both have hands which are implied in context to be very good: Zeb has a sabacc and Lando has an Idiot's Array. Justified since Zeb wouldn't take a risk like that (and Kanan wouldn't back him up on it) unless he had something nearly unbeatable - but Lando still needed to win, [[AnthropicPrinciple or else there'd be no plot]].plot]] (it was strongly implied that Lando was cheating).
22nd Nov '16 7:08:27 AM storyyeller
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DofusTheTreasuresOfKerubim'' episode Ecaflip City part 2, both poker games shown follow this trope, as well as AbsurdlyHighStakesPokerGame. The first game resulted in 3s over 10s, Jacks over Kings, 4 Queens, and 4 Aces, the later drawn purely by luck on the last round. In the second game, a J-7 straight is beaten by an A-10 straight. Justified in that they were being manipulated by the god of luck.
10th Nov '16 3:28:54 PM dmcreif
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* Subverted in ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Kilgrave uses his power to make all other players go all-in and then fold, only to reveal that he only had a pair.

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* Subverted in ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Kilgrave uses his power cheats at poker to make command all of the other players to go all-in and then fold, only to reveal fold.
-->'''Kilgrave:''' Oh! I guess
that he only had makes me the winner! ''[shows his cards]'' And me with a pair.deuce and a seven!
17th Oct '16 4:27:12 AM Milarqui
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* Subverted in ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Kilgrave uses his power to make all other players go all-in and then fold, only to reveal that he only had a pair.
13th Oct '16 4:47:07 AM Milarqui
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* In ''WebVideo/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the Emperor challenges Kitten to a Paradox-Billiards-Vostroyan-Roulette-Fourth Dimensional-Hypercube-Chess-Strip Poker a.k.a. TabletopGame/YuGiOh. In his first turn, Kitten lays down a monster card face-down. The Emperor proceeds to pull out a sixteen-card combo that leaves him with an indestructible monster and an indestructible spell that forces Kitten to attack directly with any monster he brings out and destroys it, while both are down to 100 Life Points. Kitten wins by using two cards - a spell that returns all spell cards to hand and a monster that returns an enemy's monster card to hand upon being placed, which then erases the Emperor's last Life Points.
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13th Oct '16 4:20:25 AM Milarqui
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* One ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic has Harry win a high-stakes poker game by beating Draco Malfoy's four-of-a-kind with a five-of-a-kind.
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