The Howard Resort and Casino is a lavish entertainment venue, where Hollywood stars and people from the upper class gather to place their bets. The motto is "It's all for the customer." One of the celebrities of this casino is Rio Rollins, a female dealer known as the Goddess of Victory for her superhuman luck. Rio's congenial nature makes her a target for manager Tom Howard's titillating ways of promoting the casino, and drawing new friends to her side, including a new trainee from Russia, the granddaughter of a wealthy businessman staying at the casino, and her childhood friend. There are 13 Gate Cards, and one who has them all will hold the title of Most Valuable Casino Dealer. Rio and her friends engage in elaborate casino games to win the cards so Rio can find her mother, with hijinks ensuing, of course.A series of pachinko games, Rio was adapted into an anime by Xebec titled Rio -Rainbow Gate!-, which aired in the winter 2011 season. The anime can be viewed legally at Crunchyroll.Not to be confused with Blue Sky Studios' Rio.
Interestingly, the men chanting this can't really seem to make up their minds. They start with "Miss!", but then they start to genuinely cheer Rio on, wanting her to win the game. Which is probably why they get treated to a(n accidental) Panty Shot by Rio at the end of the episode for not being total perverts.
Alliterative Name: Rio Rollins. Her mother Risa counts too, and is even kown to have gone by the nickname "Double R" for this bit of alliteration.
Defeat Equals Friendship: Played with. Elvis and Orlin both end up helping Rio to regain her confidence. And Misery doesn't exactly hang out with or help Rio and her friends, but she does warn Rio about part of Cartia's plans. Played more or less straight with Jack and, in the end, with Rina.
Big Eater: The ghost of Misery loved to eat lots of chicken wings when she was alive, and still does so as a ghost, making Rosa do so while possessing her. Rosa ended up wondering why she didn't lose weight while trying to go on a diet.
I'm Thinking It Over!: In an early episode, Howard is threatened with death if he does not allow Rio to wager ownership of his casino resort. He gives Rio several conflicting answers as the Death Trap gets closer and closer to killing before Rio decides to go through with the wager.
Last Episode New Character: Two mysterious figures are standing on the top of Howard's Resort at the last few minutes of the final episode: a caped man and a young blonde girl, both with sinister smiles, possibly suggesting a second season to come.
Losing Your Head: Linda the Robot Girl is prone to this due a loose locking device after impact damage to her back. This contributes to her loss when she challenged Rio.
The Magic Poker Equation: Rio's abilities cause extreme luck. Subverted differently: the first episode has her winning the big hand with a pair of twos over queen-high.
Monster of the Week: Really, take away any adult content and this show would be a straight Saturday morning cartoon.
Mascot: Rio herself, having started out as a mascot for a series of pachinko machines in Japan.
Missing Mom: Rio was abandoned by her mother, Risa Rollins, who had to disappear to protect Rio from the Casino Guild (which plotted to kidnap Risa after she won all the gate cards). And she also happens to be good friends with Tom Howard.
By episode 11, just about everyone◊ all of Rio's friends (including Mint!) end up in such outfits during a challenge.
Stuff Blowing Up: Concentration Bomber punishes the players with an explosion if they don't find matching cards, but due to a programming error, if played, the entire complex the game is located in also explodes.
Tarot Troubles: The show pulls the typical "the Death card was drawn" played-for-drama bit during a reading for Rio and Rina. Whether or not the Lovers card drawn at the end will be relevant in the next episode or not...
And later comes to fruition when Risa reveals her true plan.
Too Dumb to Live: What sane poker player would throw away most of his hand when he was only one card away from a straight or a flush in hopes of getting three queens? Sure, it's possible, but when you're fighting the title character and you're not even trying to cheat that's just asking to get beat down.
She does it as well in the regularly playing daily video greeting seen in the various monitors around the casino where she says "Have a Lucky Day!", though this was Tom Howard's idea, resulting in the obvious Fanservice being clearly seen by all who view it; needless to say it's yet another of Rio's pet peeves.
Undercover Cop Reveal: Carlos Tanaka, who does so rather dramatically by swiping at the antagonists with a katana, and destroying their weapons in the process, before showing his badge.
Unwitting Pawn: Howard during the Flying Casino arc and Rina by the final gate battle.
Rio's wedding dress gets ripped at the skirt by Mint after the latter trips and grabs it at the end of episode one, much to the delight of Tom Howard. Gets followed by a Scream Discretion Shot by Rio.
Almost happens to Rio during the virtual beach volleyball game in the giant roulette challenge in episode 2, when the top of her bikini gets undone, but somehow it gets fixed shortly after.
One instance borders on Clothing Damage, where Rio and her childhood friend Rina are pitted battle of skeet shoot where they shoot coins. A miss by the shooter (when it's her turn) results in her (already skimpy clothing) getting undone piece by piece (in fact the first one results in an Absolute Cleavage).
And at the end of that challenge which resulted in a draw, Rio, whose hotpants were undone in the match, ends up absentmindedly dropping them in full view of the spectators, much to her horror.
To date, the only time she never got hit with this trope is at episode 5.
After not being hit with this trope for how many episodes, she gets hit again; in episode 10. This time, though, she actually lampshades it.