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[[caption-width-right:346:I see your wager of Alexander... and raise you a Tristan! Tristan, come over here. Sit on the table.]]

->''"I won my first wife shooting dice, but I lost her in a poker game."''
-->-- '''Music/DavidAllanCoe''', "Lay My Money Down"

[[TheBet Gambling]] seems to be a natural human activity. We have friendly bets on when Margaret's baby will be born. Not-so-friendly bets on which sports team will be victorious this year. Sometimes we stake money and sometimes the stakes are [[BraggingRightsReward less tangible]].

In fiction, however, it's perfectly okay to bet ''people'' in a game of chance. Typically a comedy trope, although you might find it in serious fiction with a setting where slavery is accepted.

Often (especially if this is used to resolve a LoveTriangle), whoever it was who thought the person was theirs to bet in the first place will "lose" them, whatever the result of the wager itself. That [[TakeAThirdOption doesn't necessarily mean that the other party will "win" them, however.]]

This happens a lot with employers betting employees for whatever reason, yet the [[JustifiedTrope Justification]] -- betting their employment contract rather than the employees themselves -- is almost never used.

Most often the card game is [[TabletopGame/{{Poker}} poker]], but theoretically any form of game that allows TheBet would work. A comedic form of the AbsurdlyHighStakesGame. Compare the BachelorAuction, which is consensual on the "traded" person's part.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* A variation of this occurs in episode 16 of the first anime season of ''Manga/BlackButler'', when Ciel and Sebastian meet the spirit of [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfPlantagenet Edward V]] in a castle. Prince Edward and Ciel play a game of chess to pass the time, and Ciel reluctantly bets Sebastian, because the Edward's younger brother Richard took a liking to him. [[spoiler: Ciel loses. Although he gets Sebastian back, [[StatusQuoIsGod of course.]]]]
* In one arc of ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'', [[HoYay Tsuzuki loses his own body to Muraki in a game of poker]]. Hisoka deigns to save him by winning him back from Muraki.
* The threat of such is used as motivation for Team Hokage to win in ''The Manga/FlameOfRecca'' - In order to participate in the TournamentArc, they have to stake something that the other side wants, so Yanagi volunteers for the job.
* In ''Anime/{{Jewelpet 2009}}'', the BigBad sets up the Jewel Games where he bets several powerful Jewelpets for the heroes to recover. In exchange, he demands that the main heroine, Rinko, bet herself, as she is the only one capable of wielding the Jewel Stick, which he needs to complete his plans. [[spoiler:He wins her in episode 45, but she escapes one episode later without him managing to carry out his intention.]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** Done entirely seriously in the (Daniel J.) Darby the Gambler battle in Part 3, where people bet their souls in various forms of gambling.
** Darby's younger brother Terence has a similar power, except the bets are always over video games.
** A more gruesome example comes in the form of Part 6's Marylin Manson, a stand which immediately and invariably enforces the terms of the bet it oversees. If the loser doesn't have the money they bet on their person, it collects their internal organs based on their going rate on the black market.
* In ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'', gamblers who didn't win enough onboard the Espoir were threatened with slave labor. Later, Kaiji is involved in quite a few gambits where his own physical health/life is on the line.
** ''Manga/LiarGame'' vaguely implies that something similar happens to its losers, but it never goes beyond the LGT making a few sinister comments about getting their money back one way or another (though the amounts involved are high enough that they clearly cannot be paid off through normal means).
* In ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', the SOS Brigade are challenged to play a game against the computer club. The computer club wants to win back a computer Haruhi stole and offers three more computers should she win. Haruhi offers [[ArtificialHuman Yuki]] to balance out the bet, equating her with the three computers. When the computer club are shocked, she offers Mikuru and then herself. This last provokes panic, so in the end only their computer is wagered.
* Fairly standard in ''Anime/NoGameNoLife'': war and violence are forbidden by divine edict, so ''any'' conflict must be settled via an AbsurdlyHighStakesGame. At one point, an entire species is bet.
* The Davy Back Fight in ''Manga/OnePiece'' is essentially a sporting event with [[FlexibleTourneyRule very selectively enforced rules]] and the competing crews members hanging in the balance.
* In the movie ''Anime/PorcoRosso'', Fio offers herself as the stake for Porco and Curtis' duel since Porco didn't have anything else to bet. (Porco tries to object but is quickly overruled.)
* The soul of oneself or loved ones at stake is a common setup in ''Anime/YuGiOh'', technically the good guys don't (usually) initiate such games; yet are forced to play them through anyway. For example, Pegasus and Kaiba duel for Mokuba's soul, which is literally in a card, and with Kaiba also offering his soul if he loses. He does, so his soul goes into the card.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', there are two factions called "families" in Crash Town who compete for extraction of raw materials. To strengthen their power, both families send a representant of the respective family in a duel. The loser becomes a slave worker for the other family and he has to work in a mine for the rest of his life. It's worth noting that the duelists often come from different places all over the world, and the main reason why they are insane enough to put their lives on a wager is because Crash Town attracts challengers.

* This almost happens to ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'', except the others playing refuse to accept her as a bet due to the 'unwritten rules'- they don't want a superhero team after them just 'cause one idiot tried to use a heroine in a poker game, thanks.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'', "Uncle" Duke isn't ''really'' [[HonoraryUncle Zonker's uncle]]. He himself isn't sure of their relationship, but he thinks he recalls winning Zonker in a card game.
* One issue of ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'' comic used this in order to make Smithers Homer's servant. Just for the fun, note that this was Mr. Burns' way of [[BadBoss matching a $5 bet]], because he had used all his [[ZillionDollarBill "pocket change"]] at the laundromat.
* A ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse with Josè Carioca as the protagonist had him bet his girlfriend Rosita at a billiards match. Rosita, offended it's not a "real" duel, gets back at him and his rival by pretending to dump him for another guy, and when the fake boyfriend gets challenged he uses his right as the challenged to make it a swordfight-and he's a fencing champion.

* After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, after an almost 90-year drought, a fake ad was aired for [=MasterCard=] that showed various Red Sox fans saying things like, "Oh, I'd trade my car," "I'd trade my house," "I'd trade my firstborn son for the Red Sox to win the World Series!," followed by a montage of these people's pledged items being ruthlessly confiscated - right up to the toddler who delightedly squeals, "[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Go Sox!]]" as he's carried away... It ended with the logo of two interlocking circles... followed by one circle falling away with a "snip" noise while someone voiced-over, "OW." Denis Leary had pledged his left nut.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': In chapter 8 Shinji loses a Strip Chess match against Pen Pen and becomes his "butler" for a month (long -and hilarious- story). Asuka wanted to win Shinji back, so she and the penguin played another Strip Chess match. If she won, she would have Shinji back and he would be her cabaña boy for one week; if Pen Pen won, Shinji would be his butler for one month AND she would do all Shinji's chores. Pen Pen lost the match and Shinji.
* [[http://khakipants12.deviantart.com/art/APH-Request-Poker-Face-245028666 This]] ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]'' fanart.
* In Creator/{{Vathara}}'s ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3218251/1/Witchy-Woman Witchy Woman,]]'' [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Megumi Takani]] is passed off as a girlfriend belonging to a very unfortunate gambler who had no money with which to settle his debts. Kaoru was not pleased.
* [[TabletopGames/HoylesRulesOfDragonPoker Hoyle's Rules of Dragon Poker]] allows you to bet anything, including people, but the winner has to return them before the police get involved.
* Shows up in the backstory of one of the protagonists in ''FanFic/KyoshiRising''; WanderingMinstrel Sun almost lost his previous travelling partner to a bunch of sandbenders when he bet too high in a game. He won, fortunately, but his partner thanked him by taking the winnings and framing him for robbery.
* The plot of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3480341/1/The-Night-The-House-of-Cards-Was-Built The Night the House of Cards was Built]]'' by drakensis basically amounts to "Naruto enters a poker game with the most influential people in Konoha and wins (among many other things) several women and girls".[[note]]The total by the end is Anko, Kurenai, Hinata, Hanabi, Ino, Tenten and Uchiha Mikoto (Sasuke's mother). It's a good thing he's [[ChildrenAreInnocent still only six years old]] in this story. He also wins a puppy from the litter of Inuzuka Tsume's canine companion Kuromaru which, considering how the Inuzuka treat their dogs, is roughly the same thing.[[/note]]
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/97288 Lucky]]'' is a literal interpretation of [[spoiler:Mouse]]'s canonical statement that he 'won' [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]]. Specifically, he got Harry's guardian angel drunk and played poker with him.
* One ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic, [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4081016/1/The-Poker-Game ''The Poker Game'']]by Enterprise1701d and Joshua the Evil Guy, has Harry win Luna Lovegood, Susan Bones (both of whom bet themselves) and Pansy Parkinson (bet on by Draco Malfoy, using a life debt) as concubines in a high-stakes poker game. [[spoiler: But that's just the beginning as Harry later gets more women as the story goes, mostly through the actions of Karma, it's said later by Luna.]]
* In a chapter of ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersTournamentOfShadows'', Bruno gets the idea to up the ante in one duel, wagering Alice of Despairland for his opponent's card Lost Time. Unfortunately, Alice is a sapient card, and she is ''very'' upset he would do so without so much as asking her. He nearly loses the duel as a result, as he is unable to draw her card if she doesn't allow it, and does badly until they come to an agreement - with a rather thorough apology from Bruno.

* The whole point of the Creator/ShirleyTemple film ''Film/LittleMissMarker'' (based on a Creator/DamonRunyon story), in which Shirley's father leaves her as collateral when placing a bet on a horse, loses the bet, and thus loses Shirley--and commits suicide immediately thereafter.
* In ''Film/SwingTime,'' the contract for a band changes hands several times in this way.
* In ''Film/BennyAndJoon'', Joon gets Sam in a poker game. She lost.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Anakin is won in a podracing bet. And whether it was Anakin or his mother was decided by a [[CallARabbitASmeerp chance cube]] throw. The Jedi didn't exactly leave it to chance, though...
** In [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Episode V]], it is revealed that Lando lost the Millennium Falcon to Han in a card game called sabacc. The way they talk about that ship, [[CargoShip it could be considered a person.]]
** Apparently, you can wager ''anything'' in sabacc, literally. Han actually won an entire planet in one such game, the one he took Leia to after abducting her in ''The Courtship of Princess Leia''. On another note, Anakin and his mother were originally owned by a Hutt named Gardulla who won them by ''cheating'' in this game (and Gardulla tended to cheat at sabacc ''a lot''). Watto won them from her by betting on another pod race, and he was known to cheat too; the dice cube he used in that previous example was ''loaded'', according to some sources. (Still, [[EvenEvilHasStandards at least he wasn't as cruel as the Hutts tended to be.]])
* In the Creator/RichardPryor/Jackie Gleason movie ''Film/TheToy'', one of the sordid stories about U.S. Bates (Gleason) was that he won his servant Barkley in a game of pool.
* In ''Film/AlmostFamous'', one of the bands bets their groupies.
* In ''Film/AmazingGrace'', William Wilberforce pulls out of a card game when his opponent bets a slave, something the opponent did for the express purpose of testing Wilberforce's abolitionist convictions. Needless to say, a serious example.
%%* ''Honeymoon in Vegas''
* Starts off the plot of ''Film/RugglesOfRedGap'', as Ruggles the British valet is gambled and lost to a pair of loudmouth American tourists.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', Will Turner bets his soul against Davy Jones' key on a game of Liar's Dice. His father intentionally loses, to spare Will the forfeit.
* An unfortunate man lost his wife to the brewer in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}.''
* Used as a punchline in ''Creator/AbbottAndCostello meet the Mummy:''
-->'''Bud:''' "No, no; his mummy is a he."
-->'''Lou:''' "Strange country! Your mommy, your mommy was a lady, wasn't she?"
-->'''Bud:''' "I never had a mummy!"
-->'''Lou:''' "So what'd your father do; win you in a crap game?"
* In ''Film/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty1947'', one of Walter's fantasies is life as Antebellum Mississippi riverboat gambler Gaylord Mitty. The dream starts with Gaylord winning the deed to his rival's plantation. The rival then tries to stake his fiancee's hand, which he knows Gaylord is greatly interested in, but Mitty is "unable to hold a lady to such a bargain" and the wager is changed to the rival "[[LoserLeavesTown going North]]" against Mitty's winnings. [[spoiler: The rival loses, accuses Mitty of cheating, and loses the showdown. Gaylord then restores the plantation to the young lady, whose father had been swindled out of it years earlier, and leaves to join his regiment because the first shots of the Civil War had been fired.]]

* A man returns from his weekly poker game to tell his wife he lost her in a poker game. When she demands to know how he could have done that, he answers that it was very close, but fortunately he'd managed to stack the deck so the other guy had four aces.

* ''Little Miss Marker'' by Creator/DamonRunyon (which inspired the Creator/ShirleyTemple film of the same name).
* Creator/{{Saki}} did this, also with a cook.
* The Robert Asprin novel ''Little Myth Marker'', part of his ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series. The title is a reference to ''Little Miss Marker''. [[spoiler: Subverted in that is later revealed that this was done deliberately on the orders of the "kid" bet so as to infiltrate the hero's household.]]
** Likewise, the fan version, [[TabletopGames/HoylesRulesOfDragonPoker Hoyle's Rules of Dragon Poker]], allows this.
* ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', where Gerald O'Hara wins Pork (his slave valet) in a TabletopGame/{{poker}} game.
* In the ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars]]'' book series, Han wins a planet in a card game that turns out to be inhabited. By a WitchSpecies, to boot. And of course, it's been long established that the transfer of everyone's favourite CoolShip from Lando to Han occurred in the same way.
** In one book, Han and Leia (who'd had an almighty row a couple of chapters earlier) run into an old acquaintance of his, and when Leia asks him how they met he names the trope all but word for word. Leia was ''not'' amused, and Han has to rather quickly reassure her that he was a slave-owner for no longer than it took to file the necessary manumission paperwork.
** In the ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'' series, a reporter on a world with legalized slavery wins a slave from one of the locals. She proceeds to interview him on camera, then frees him on the spot and hires him on as a member of her film crew.
* Erast Fandorin bet the heroine against a donkey in ''The Turkish Gambit'' (both [[Literature/TheTurkishGambit the book]] and [[Film/TheTurkishGambit the movie]]), for a lack of any money or means of transportation. But then, as he is quick to point out, he was BornLucky, and so knew he was not risking anything.
* ''Literature/LastCall'' by Creator/TimPowers is about a poker player who ''thought'' he won a huge pot in a game years ago... only to discover that he traded away his body and soul to the guy organizing the game. And now he's got to win it back before the guy comes to collect...
* In ''Literature/{{Declare}}'' by the same author, the protagonist and the traitor Kim Philby gamble for the LoveInterest versus a scroll detailing the secret of eternal life. The game is interrupted, but Philby insists on completing the game when they meet up again in Moscow.
* On more than one occasion, Creator/PGWodehouse's writing featured an UpperClassTwit who includes his or her domestic servant as stakes in some sort of harebrained wager.
* Hawk from the ''Literature/HawkAndFisher'' novels once claimed to have lost his missing eye in a card game, although he was joking.
* In ''Chess with a Dragon'', some insectoid aliens are shown engaged in some sort of gambling game. The biggest loser of the evening is said to be dangerously close to "gracing the table", i.e. becoming dinner for the winners.
* In ''Literature/TheGoodSoldierSvejk'', Svejk becomes batman of army chaplain Otto Katz, but Katz loses him at cards to Lieutenant Lukáš. Played both for comedy and drama. Betting people as property is a new low for Katz, putting him on par with slave traders. But not for Lukáš, his batman deserved that.
* In the short story "Hazard" by Creator/GeorgetteHeyer, a man bets his half-sister in a game of hazard. She's so angry that she leaves willingly enough (with the hero, who she's in love with) and punishes the hero for playing the game by threatening to cause a scandal and make him marry her (as he's engaged to someone else).
* One of the characters in Jeannette Winterson's ''The Passion'' bets his own life in a card game [[spoiler:and loses. But he says it was worth it.]]
* In the course of a long night of dice, Athos of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' stakes horses, a diamond that does not belong to him, and his servant Grimaud. After several losses, he retrieves the diamond, Grimaud, and the horse's harness— but not the horse.
* This happens to the protagonist in one of Creator/AngelaCarter's retellings of ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast''. Her father loses her to the "beast" (she notes that it's not that he cared more about gambling than his daughter, just equally much). And then [[spoiler: he turns out to be a tiger in human's clothes and she turns into one too and willingly stays with him while sending back to her father a clockwork version of herself because clearly that's all he wants.]] This must be symbolic of ''something''...
* Bryony House in Jacqueline Carey's ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' books is the only one whose adepts will gamble for their favours. It is said they very rarely lose. Hyacinthe's mother, a virgin at the time, was wagered by her cousin. Three guesses how that turned out.
* One of Creator/RoaldDahl's short stories concerns a man who bets his daughter's hand in marriage that a wine-taster cannot figure out exactly where a wine came from. As the story goes on the wine taster only gets closer and closer to the truth, much to the daughter's horror. [[spoiler: At the end it turns out the reason he was getting so close was that he had peeked at the label before, and though the resolution isn't shown, one can presume this means the bet is off.]]
* In the Literature/LiadenUniverse novel ''Plan B'', there's a character who's fallen so low that not only did his last master stake him in a card game, the bet was that the loser had to keep him.
* Happens to Ruti in ''Literature/TheRedTent''; Laban gambles her away. Knowing she'll be mistreated (not that she was being treated well before), she appeals to Leah for help. Leah and Jacob meet the men who were coming to pick up Ruti and with some effort get them to agree to take a bunch of their possessions instead of Ruti. Unfortunately for Ruti, this results in Laban treating her even worse than before.
* In ''[[Literature/StephaniePlum Plum Lucky]]'', Diesel adds Stephanie to the pot in a high-stakes poker game. Fortunately for her (the opponent is highly unpleasant), Diesel wins.
* In ''Literature/IronCouncil'', Judah had to go on the run after his employer lost him in a card game. His flight was justified, as his boss hadn't actually ''owned'' Judah in the first place.
* [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Rig_Veda/Mandala_10/Hymn_34 Mandala 10, Hymn 34]] (dated to 1,100 B.C. or older) of the ''Rig-Veda'' is the lament of a [[TheGamblingAddict gambling addict]] who has lost not only all his property, but also his wife in games of dice.
* In ''Troubled Range'' by Creator/JTEdson, a friend of Mark Counter's accidentally wins a wife in a poker game. The friend thought the ship's captain he was playing against had been betting his ship when he tossed in the marker with the name written on it.
* In the ''Literature/SecretHistories'' novel ''Casino Infernale'', the eponymous casino holds a high stakes poker game for the express purpose of wagering misappropriated souls. The protagonists infiltrate the game in order to rescue the souls and destroy the casino.
* In Ruthanne Lum [=McCunn=]'s ''Thousand Pieces of Gold'' novel and [[FilmOfTheBook the film based on it]], American pioneer and experienced gambler Charles Bemis engages in a card game to the Chinese Hong King for the stated purpose of winning the Chinese's maid Polly. (While based on a true story, it appears the way RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polly_Bemis Polly]] got her freedom was different.)
* Nikolai Gogol's novel ''Dead Souls'' takes place in Imperial Russia during the first half of the XIX century, when it had especially hard laws on serfdom making it essentially slavery. The protagonist, Chichikov, runs a scam that involves buying serfs that are already dead but aren't yet legally registered as dead. At one point he meets a landowner named Nozdryov, who is a compulsive gambler, and they play a checkers game in which the bet is serfs.
* In the {{Literature/Xanth}} series book ''Demons Don't Dream'', Dug makes a bet with his best friend Edsel that Ed won't be able to find a game to interest Dug, with the stakes being Ed's motorcycle and Dug's girlfriend Pia. When Dug tells Pia about the bet, she is fine with it, and when Dug ends up losing, he isn't upset at all, since at the end of completing the Companions of Xanth computer game, he had fallen for Kim, the other person playing it.
* In the first ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' novel, Jon-Tom and Mudge are hiding out at the local ThievesGuild hideout waiting for the heat to die down after a crime they got involved in when Jon-Tom tries his hand playing cards with some of the locals. He ends up doing quite well and winning a bit of money when another gambler puts up his girlfriend, a vixen, as his stake in a hand since he's broke. Jon-Tom wins again, but he's {{Squick}}ed out by the thought of having sex with someone from a different species and ends up accidentally insulting her. The resulting fight forces Jon-Tom and Mudge to [[EveryoneChasingYou flee the guild]].

* In an episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Barney wagers (and loses) Marshal in an [[CalvinBall inscrutable]] Asian card game while they are having his bachelor party. [[spoiler: It's all an elaborate prank on Barney, though, so everyone laughs in the end... Except for Barney, who thought he was to blame for Marshal getting his hands chopped off.]]
* ''Series/NewsRadio'' did this with Bill, who is appalled when he learns that he was bet against a mixing board until he's told the board is worth millions. It is explained as being ''a clause in Bill's contract.'' Being lost in a card game is apparently defined as an act of God, as the contract ''refers to Jimmy James as God.''
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' does this with a man bargaining his daughter off for marriage.
* In ''[[Music/SClub7 S-Club 7 in Miami]]'', their boss at the hotel where they work loses them in a poker game to a rival hotel owner.
* In an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Salem bet and lost the Spellmans in a game of poker.
* In an episode of ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'', a man won a compulsive gambler's wife, and didn't see anything wrong with making sure he collected.
* In season 3 of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', Mike and Ian bet Susan in a poker game when they're both vying for her heart.
* Borderline example in ''Series/KnightRider'': Michael deliberately lost KITT in a game with the episode's bad guy, as part of a plan to take him down. Unfortunately he didn't bother to ''explain it to KITT'' beforehand.
* In the ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode, "The Moose", a new sergeant arrives at the 4077th with his "moose" (a Korean girl servant) named Young-Hi. Hawkeye rigs a poker game against the sergeant and wins Young-Hi. Hilarity ensues when Hawkeye tries to let Young-Hi go.
* An episode of ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' has Oscar lose Felix to guest star Bobby Riggs as a glorified butler. Oscar offers to try to win his freedom back but Felix wins it back himself by holding a note longer than Riggs.
-->'''Oscar''': I'll win you back, buddy!
-->'''Felix''': No you won't. You'll lose double or nothing and I'll have to bring in my brother from Buffalo!
* In ''Series/TheBeiderbeckeAffair'', Jill Swinburne loses her boyfriend, Trevor Chaplain, to his former fiancee, Helen of Tadcaster, in a coin-toss after a night of heavy drinking. Mrs Swinburne honours her agreement with Helen, but Mr Chaplain goes back to her anyway because "nobody wins me at the toss of a coin." It is strongly suggested that this is a new development in Trevor's persona since the time when he and Helen were engaged.
* A ''{{Simon}}'' episode featured Duke Stone at a poker table betting his butler because he was ''two'' dollars short of the money needed to match the last bet and his nephew wouldn't allow him to pay later. Simon won that round. In the end, Duke offered his gardener in exchange to get his butler back.
* Subverted on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' when Andy "won" Ann from Mark in a pool game:
-->'''Mark''': I don't even know how to say this. I am so sorry, and I will do my best to visit you on holidays.\\
'''Ann''': Thanks. You tried.\\
'''Mark''': I guess you're his now.\\
'''Ann''': Do you want to get out of here?\\
'''Mark''': I do.\\
'''Ann''': Okay. Bye, Andy.\\
''[they leave, cut to ConfessionCam]''\\
'''Andy''': I know that legally Ann is now mine, but it weirdly doesn't feel that way.\\
''[the next day]''\\
'''Ann''': I hope I'm not going to have to explain to you that you don't actually own me.\\
'''Andy''': Of course not. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I never for one second thought that that was for real.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland'', the Skipper and Mr. Howell bet on their turtles racing, eventually with Mr. Howell "winning" Gilligan from the Skipper. After losing more times, the Skipper has nothing left to bet, but Mr. Howell finally has him choose which hand has a pebble. When the Skipper chooses wrongly again, Mr. Howell delivers Gilligan back to him. When the Skipper protests that he lost, Mr. Howell cites all the damage Gilligan did while working for him and says whoever ''has'' Gilligan is the loser.
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Entangled", Lister loses [[TheFriendNobodyLikes Rimmer]] while playing poker with [=GELFs=].
-->'''Cat''': We're all deeply sorry, bud. Except for me and him and him.
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'': Abby's brother loses TeamPet Rex in a card game. Connor and Becker get him back.
* ''Series/TheUntouchables'' has a much darker variant, where two rival mob bosses play a game of cards where the stakes aren't the ''lives'' of their henchmen, but their ''deaths''. Cue a DeathMontage of the "chips" being cashed in.
* ''Series/AlteredCarbon'': Poe has a habit of playing (and losing) online poker with other AI. When a virtual brothel's persona hears that he's hosting the digitized personality of a deceased sex worker he suggests putting her in the pot. [[spoiler: However, Kovacs needed to infect a brothel with a horrific virus as part of his plans, so Poe sent him the virus instead.]]

* Happens to the the narrator of the song "My Mother Was A Chinese Trapeze Artist" by Music/TheDecemberists.
-->"...'til the money got tight, and they [his parents] bet me away to a blind brigadier in a game of high stakes canasta."

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* This is the driving feature behind the Pandavas' exile in the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''. Yudishtra, the Crown Prince, has but one fault - a propensity to gamble. His evil Uncle Shakuni invites him to gamble with his cousin who craves the throne. However, Shakuni has cheating dice. Yudisthra bets and loses everything he owns and then begins to wager his brothers, then himself, then his wife, Draupadi. She is dragged, shrieking, by her hair, into the assembly, and is ordered to be stripped. As they do it, she cries out to Lord Krishna, who transforms her sari into a neverending sari. When they fall down from exhaustion from pulling at the folds, she delivers such an impassioned and resentful speech at Yudisthra's family - her in-laws after all - about her vile treatment, that they agree to give the brothers back their lives and change it to exile from the kingdom instead.
* [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Rig_Veda/Mandala_10/Hymn_34 Mandala 10, Hymn 34]] [[OlderThanDirt (1,100 BCE or older)]] of the Sanskrit ''Rig-Veda'' is the lament of a gambler who has lost not only all his property, but also his wife in games of dice.

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* In ''Series/TreintaYUnMinutos'', a comedy show about a news program run by puppets, it's commented that a member of the crew Bodoque, who has a gambling problem, bet his own aunt. [[RuleOfFunny Hilariously, Bodoque defends himself saying that he won the game, so now he has two aunts.]]

* In the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' story "The Stones of Venice", the Duke of Venice gambled his wife away in a game of chance. In response, she put a hundred-year curse on the city, and the Doctor and Charley arrive the day before the curse is due to take effect.

* Happens to several people in a ''really'' high-stakes poker game among supernatural beings, in a fictional interlude of the ''Underworld'' RPG rulebook. Souls, sanity, intellects and destinies were all laid on the table once the betting got hot.
* A supernatural poker game also occurs in the ''To Go'' module for ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies''. One match is "jailhouse eightball", where the players bet things they want to get ''rid'' of. One player bets the cancer her son is suffering from, another bets one of his enemies.
* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' lore, Hauptmann Caradoc Trevena pulls this trick at an officer's card game to acquire the transfer of Leftenant Isobel Murdoch, an actual competent second-in-command, along with her ''Hunchback'' Battlemech, to his unit. His unit comprised entirely of [[FragileSpeedster Light Battlemechs]] piloted by a RagtagBunchOfMisfits, NewMeat, and {{Nice Guy}}s survives the Jade Falcon invasion of Coventry intact and manages to link up with reinforcements thanks in part to her training and command skills, where larger, more prestigious, and more powerful units fighting alongside them are annihilated by the Falcons because they did not have discipline, good command, or common sense.
** Clan trial also work this way they wager in almost anything, be it equipment, mechs, and even personnel. The winner gets the spoils wagered, and even their opponent when they want to. If a warrior is captured and made a bondsman to a new Clan, then goes on to have a good career after re-earning their warrior status, it's not uncommon for their new Clan to hold a Trial of Possession for that warriors genetic legacy from the old Clan in order to win the rights to use that warrior's DNA in their [[DesignerBabies Iron Wombs]] when making the next generation.
* In the ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' quickstart, one of the characters won an NPC ally this way (said NPC bet himself, and expects to be free after three tasks). [[spoiler: Later on, the [=PCs=] have the option of trying to win back one (or possibly more, if things go badly enough) of their souls like this. Betting the NPC is listed as a way to get the opponent to bet said soul, but dings [[Main/KarmaMeter Wisdom]].]]

* A sidequest in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' involves a man who's lost his girlfriend in a Pazaak game. You can win her the same way; if you do, you learn she doesn't want to go back to him, and actually ''won't'' unless you threaten to sell her to the Hutts. It isn't clear how he could claim ownership to transfer either way, as this took place on a Republic station, but there is a [[TheSyndicate Mafia-like]] presence there so it's plausible she would become a victim of trafficking.
* ''VideoGame/GrandiaIII'' has LovableRogue Alonso trying to win his ship back from the (female) casino owner who won it earlier in a rigged game. When he runs out of material possessions to bet, he bets himself: if he loses, he'll marry the owner (who has been after him for years, but is quite ugly in both face and personality).
* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' [[AccidentalMarriage Matt Horner ''won'' Mira Han in a poker game]].
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has a [[FunnyBackgroundEvent background conversation]] in the casino on [[WretchedHive Nar Shaddaa]] that involves a gambler apparently having wagered the woman he's with, possibly in a reference to the [=KOTOR2=] quest mentioned above. She is very definitely ''not'' amused.
* Part of Scarlet's backstory in ''VideoGame/{{Armello}}''. Her father's terrible gambling habits landed her in the paws of Slantfang, leader of one of Armello's bandit gangs. She managed to claw her way up the ranks, and eventually united all of the clans under her rule as [[SheIsTheKing Bandit King]].

* ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'': [[ArcWords 7 years ago]], [[spoiler: Zak Gramarye was accused of murder. Kristoph Gavin offered to be his defense attorney, but after Zak won a game of poker against him, he refused. Phoenix then made the same offer, and was also challenged to a game of poker. Phoenix won, and Zak hired him. Kristoph, furious at losing a client over a poker game, proceeded to [[DisproportionateRetribution ruin Phoenix's career by slipping him forged evidence]]]].

* ''Webcomic/FriendlyHostility'': Collin wins Bootsie in a poker game. As well, Rafi loses toddler Fatima in a poker game (to a pair of friendly cannibals hosting a dinner party!) and he and Padma must scramble to retrieve her.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Riff at one point mentions that his assistant (when he ran a company for anti-monster equipment) lost her family to vampires. He then specifies that she lost them in a poker game.
* In ''[[Webcomic/{{SSDD}} S.S.D.D.]]'' Tessa apparently won her robot boyfriend Sticks in a card game, granted he was a just sex robot and wasn't fully self-aware until Tessa modified him (to make him more interesting for resale).
* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'': Sixx bet herself ([[spoiler: She wins]]).
* ''Webcomic/MarriedToTheSea'' provides the current page image.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': Prince said he'd give the indebted Yeon to the person who'd win the World's Strongest Shinsoo Competition. He really didn't count on losing against Baam, but when he does, he gives Yeon up, albeit under great protest.
* In one ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1107.html strip]] (warning: spoilers!), [[spoiler:a cleric of Loki]] is taking her baby adventuring with her, and Belkar wonders if [[spoiler:the Church of Loki]] provides childcare. Haley says it does, but it's not recommended. Cut to a poker game at the Greysky City Thieves' Guild, with their cleric shoving a baby across the table and saying "Call."
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'': Who knew you could lose your wife in a [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=481 monopoly game]]?

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* It's a running joke on Website/SFDebris that the frequent absences of Alexander Rozhenko from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' were because Worf kept losing him in poker games and needed to work on purchasing him back. This would certainly explain why Alexander's so pissed off at him when he finally shows up as an adult on [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]].
* {{Defied|Trope}} by ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'', as he isn't even allowed to make the bet:
-->1794. Can't use party members for ante.
* In Creator/TomSka's ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXLILNrZ3NQ 17 ways to dump your Girlfriend]]'', one method of breaking up is to lose your girlfriend in a game of Poker.
* Kinda happens in ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', as Kitten challenges Tzeench to a game of [[Franchise/YuGiOh Paradox-Billiards-Vostroyan-Roulette-Fourth-Dimensional-Chess-Strip-Poker]] with [[spoiler: Magnus']] soul as the stakes, but Kitten does it to free [[spoiler: Magnus]] instead of keeping him.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster'' episode "Just Deserts", Marion loses Cassie in a card game.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}'': When Sir Roderick becomes TheGamblingAddict in "Casino Quest", he ends up losing his squire William in a bet.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': Grim bets himself and loses in a game of limbo [[WhatAnIdiot (to gain the soul of a hamster, of all things)]], however, it ''did'' set the series in motion, so it's not a total loss.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', the freeloader Oskar bets the baby he's supposed to be looking after in a high-stakes poker game after he realizes he's out of chips. The other players [[EveryoneHasStandards refuse to accept this and storm out]]. Turns out Oskar had a royal flush,[[note]]the best possible hand,[[/note]] so it's not ''as'' bad as it looks.
* ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' "Bad Manager" Kaz bets Ami and Yumi in a game of RockPaperScissors. Different game, same plot. Slick Shady, who won the girls, actually did a better job managing their careers than Kaz usually does. Despite this, Ami and Yumi challenged for a RockPaperScissors game for the right to return to Kaz.
* Happened in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' where Johnny was bet and lost by Momma to a big game hunter [[VillainousGlutton (a character homage to Sydney Greenstreet)]] in a poker game. He cheated in an obvious manner (five cards in a standard four suit deck of cards) but it took the length of the episode for Momma to realize this and come to Johnny's rescue.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Hank is lost by his boss Buck Strickland to rival propane shop owner M. F. '''[[PhraseCatcher Thatherton!]]''' Buck mentions he usually bets Joe Jack, so this must happen often.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''. K'nuckles bets Flapjack in a card game, and wins, getting another cabin boy as the prize. However, Flapjack is so insulted about this that he leaves and becomes a banker.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'', Stanley sold his soul to the Devil, known in this series as "Bob". The Mask challenged Bob to a dance contest for his freedom. When he lost, Bob challenged Mask for a double or nothing rematch, which Bob lost, resulting on him having to be Mask's servant.
* On the season 12 ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Children of a Lesser Clod" (the episode where Homer starts a home day care center after breaking his knee in a basketball accident), one of the video clips of how much of a horrible father Homer is to Bart, Lisa, and Maggie shows Homer betting Maggie in a poker game -- and losing her to Moe Szyslak.
** One of the comics ended up with Smithers temporarily being Homer's assistant under similar circumstances.
** In the episode "The Burns and the Bees", Mr. Burns and some other billionaires were reunited for a card game and Burns added Smithers into the pot. Rich Texan said that, since they were betting people, he'd add his basketball team. Despite thinking they're [[TakeThat "hardly worth a Smithers"]], Burns accepted it. And won.
** Burns and Rich Texan once [[AllOrNothing waged all their wordly possessions]] on a scavenger hunt. Once Rich Texan won, he started riding Smithers as if he was another prize. Sure, Smithers' employment contract was more likely to be linked to the power plant rather than Mr. Burns but still...
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Mr. Krabs loses [=SpongeBob=]'s work contract in [[GoKartingWithBowser a poker match with Plankton]]. Plankton tries forcing [=SpongeBob=] to make a Krabby Patty, but only becomes frustrated when he refuses. When Plankton finally gives up and gives [=SpongeBob=] back to Mr. Krabs, he admits he cheated.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E09IdiotsArray "Idiot's Array"]], Zeb bets Chopper in a game of Sabacc, believing he has an unbeatable hand. Unfortunately, his opponent is Lando Calrissian, who uses the titular hand to beat him, winning Chopper in the process. The ''Ghost'' crew has to help Lando in his schemes for the rest of the episode in order to win Chopper back.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' Timon bet Pumbaa in a poker game, and lost him to the owner of a meat processing plant.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "What Colour Is Your Cleansuit?", Billy Quizboy's ArchEnemy, St. Cloud, challenges Billy to a quiz competition, asking him to bet his [[HeterosexualLifePartners heterosexual life partner]] Pete White. (Because Pete is an albino, and St. Cloud collects those.) Billy accepts without hesitation, much to Pete's annoyance. [[spoiler: He wins.]]

* Not too long after Creator/WaltDisney left Creator/{{Universal}}--orphaning his proto-[[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse Mickey]] character WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit--Creator/WalterLantz won the rights to Oswald in a poker game with company founder Carl Laemmle.
** Decades later, the Disney company was able to get Oswald back... in exchange for ESPN Sportscaster Al Michaels. For the record, Michaels is pretty cool with it.

* As slaves are the legal property of their master, there is nothing preventing slave-owners from betting their slaves whenever slavery is legalized, as shown in [[http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large/dore-russian-cartoon-1854-granger.jpg this]] cartoon about UsefulNotes/ImperialRussia.
* [[http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=35432&in_page_id=2 Happened in Russia in 2007.]] The wife was so pissed off, she ''left with the winner.'' The two are now HappilyMarried, and probably have the best 'how we met' story out of anyone they know.
* Creator/WalterLantz won the rights to cartoon character WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit from {{Creator/Universal}} in a card game.
* In Aztec society, apparently betting was such SeriousBusiness that people would occasionally bet themselves into slavery.
* The Roman author Creator/{{Tacitus}} writes about the Germanics that they would not only willingly gamble away their whole property, wife and children, but even themselves.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Schindler Oskar Schindler]] won Helen Hirsch, notorious Nazi Amon Goeth's Jewish maid. One night, while playing cards with Goeth, Schindler plied him with plenty of booze and got him very drunk, and persuaded him to gamble with Hirsch as a stake in the game. With--no doubt--a little help from the booze, Schindler stacked the deck and cheated outrageously to make sure he had the winning hand. Then, when Goeth tried to welch on his bet, Schindler said something like [[HypocriticalHumor "Now, now, Goeth, you play fair!"]] and that's how he won her life in a card game.
* Sacagawea (who was a guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition with her husband) became the wife of French-Canadian trapper Charbonneau because he reportedly either bought her from the ''Hidatsa'' tribe that captured her or won her while gambling.
* The [[WarOnTerror Islamic State]] [[http://www.ibtimes.co.in/isis-ramadan-competition-memorise-quran-get-yazidi-sex-slaves-prize-636749 offered]] {{Sex Slave}}s as first prizes for a Koran memorization contest for Ramadan.