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 Las 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 Living MacGuffin, rather than a human being.
  • Reconstructed: Bob wins.
    • Nice Guy Charlie goads Bob into betting his slave Alice solely so that he can set Alice free. She still doesn't have any direct control over her fate during the game, but her life drastically improves after Charlie 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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