Playing With: Lost Him in a Card Game

Basic Trope: A person gambles away his/her loved ones.
  • Straight: During a poker game, Bob bets his wife Alice.
  • Exaggerated: And throws in their three children, the house, the dog, and all their possessions.
  • Downplayed: Bob doesn't bet people, but he does bet his dog.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob doesn't bet his buddies Alice forever.
    • The other players don't accept the bet.
    • Bob already has a royal flush, so he gets to keep Alice
    • Alice pleads with the other players to accept someone or something else in her place.
    • Bob doesn't bet any people.
    • Bob bets a loved one as a joke. Everyone knows this and doesn't take the bet seriously.
    • Alice is actually an inanimate object.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Bob wins Alice in this way, and loses her to a poker champ in Vegas, in less than 24 hours.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob already has a royal flush, so he gets to keep Alice. But then Bob's luck takes a turn for the worse, but he figures out that that's because the winner cheated. His luck then takes a genuine turn for the worse.
  • Averted: Bob doesn't place any bets.
  • Enforced: "Let's show just how much of a Jerk Ass Bob is!"
  • Lampshaded: "I bet my hot wife, Alice."
  • Invoked: Bob is so confident in his winning potential that he bets the one he loves the most: Alice.
  • Exploited: Charles has a crush on Alice, and cajoles Bob into betting her.
  • Defied: Bob feels that this is a Moral Event Horizon crossover, and doesn't do this, betting only money.
  • Discussed: "Hey, if you're so confident with your hand Bob, then why don't you bet your wife? Hahaha!"
  • Conversed: "Oh wow, you're really going to do it? Uh... so... how long will I keep her?"
  • Deconstructed: Alice gets no say in this, and is reduced to a MacGuffin Girl, rather than a human being.
  • Reconstructed: Bob wins.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Alice is a Gonk
    • Alice is happy to go away with the winner, who treats her a hell of a lot better than Bob does.
  • Played For Drama: The winner feels he is entitled to sex with Alice and rapes her.

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