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Memory-beta

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Poker was a card game of chance and skill which originated on Earth. The main aim of the game was for players to wager on the strength of their cards, in relation to the cards held by the other players. If a player believed they held a greater "hand" than another player, they could "call" them on it.

During the USS Enterprise's encounter with the Fesarius in 2266, the Enterprise was threatened with destruction. Lt. Commander Spock suggested to Captain James T. Kirk that they had been "checkmated", Kirk took the gaming analogy to find a "bluff" from poker that they could use against the Fesarius. Spock was fascinated by the game of poker and Dr. Leonard McCoy vowed to teach it to him. (TOS episode: "The Corbomite Maneuver")

Strangely enough, Kirk once again uses his skills in 2267, but under less intense circumstances. In the aftermath of the nearly-derailed Babel Conference, he enjoyed a session with Sarek in sickbay. The captain was rehabilitating from his knife wound; as the ambassador recovered from open heart surgery. From their long hours of recoup time, they found a way to pass the time in a logical, yet amusing way. They made makeshift poker chips from tongue depressors and used whatever cards they could find. Much to both Spock and McCoy's amazement. Sarek even coined the human vernacular, "Come to Poppa," after winning a hand. (ST novel: Federation)

Commodore Katha'sat was fond of poker, as well as other card games, and constantly taunted Jim Kirk about it. (TOS novel: The Wounded Sky)

During the Romulan Civil War of 2276, Commander Ael t'Rllaillieu and the crew of the ChR Bloodwing learned poker (and fizzbin) from the Enterprise crew. (TOS - Rihannsu novel: The Empty Chair)

In the 24th century, Starfleet crews would hold a floating poker tournament when five or more Federation starships were at a given location at the same time. As a young man, Starfleet officer Jean-Luc Picard lost a month's wages betting on the tournament shortly after his promotion to Lieutenant. As there were going to be five starships at Luxor IV, the crew of the USS Enterprise-D looked forward to playing in and winning the match. The Enterprise was diverted when the Devil's Heart was rediscovered, and unable to play in the tournament. However the USS Venture's crew was able to participate since they had put into port at Luxor IV to repair a baffle plate malfunction. (TNG novel: The Devil's Heart)

In the 2360s and 70s, the command staff of Enterprise-D played a poker game every Tuesday night, Captain Jean-Luc Picard had a standing invitation to this event but did not participate until 2370 following an encounter with Q. (TNG episodes: "Cause and Effect", "All Good Things...") In 2367, honored guests Ambassador Spock and Adm. McCoy competed with the Enterprise-D crew. Chief O'Brien learned much to his (and Dr. Selar's) suprise that winning and bluffing had much to do with the "Vulcan poker face". Being the best in the galaxy, supposedly. (TNG comic: "The Modala Imperative") For part of 2370 this game was played on a Friday night. (TNG novel: Dragon's Honor)

In 2365 Wesley Crusher ran a holodeck program in which he was a participant in the senior officers game. He played a successful hand and did so with expert unreadability before he had to end the program after being called to the transporter room. (TNG comic: "Space Seeds") This same year, Lt. Worf earned from Cmdr. Riker the nickname "Ice Man". For winning two consecutive hands, while maintaining his cool and keeping and icy bearing each time. In Worf's Klingonese, the word is d'akturak. (TNG episode: "The Measure of a Man", DS9 episode: "Blood Oath")

Some of the junior officers on the Enterprise-D also played a regular game. (TNG episode: "Lower Decks")

From 2368 to 2369, Data's years of honing this skill came into good use as he won against Frederick La Rouque and Joe Falling Hawk. Data also had a talent for dealing cards in a rapid shuffle; a credit from his android reflexes. Data was known to compete with holographic programs as well. (TNG episodes: "Time's Arrow", "A Fistful of Datas", "Descent")

In 2370, Quark hosted The First Annual Deep Space Nine Poker Tournament on Deep Space Nine, inviting a number of poker players from a variety of Alpha and Beta Quadrant races. (DS9 novel: The Big Game)

Later that year the crew of the runabout USS Amazon replicated a set of cards and chips to play poker to pass the time on their 22 hour journey to the Davon system. (DS9 novel: Devil in the Sky)

"Texas Hold'Em" was a poker variant, where community cards were used by all players to make the best hand. Christine Vale regularly played Texas Hold'Em while serving aboard the USS O'Keefe. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace)

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Muppet

Up to date as of February 02, 2010

From Muppet Wiki

A set of The Muppet Show playing cards was made by West-German company ASS Altenburger

External links

  • ASS Altenburger

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Lostpedia

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From Lostpedia

This article is about games shown in episodes of Lost. For other uses, see: Game (disambiguation)

Several games are featured in the storyline of Lost.

Contents

Occurrences

Game Picture Notes
Axis and Allies
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Risk
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  • Locke was seen playing a board game, during lunchbreak, with one of his colleagues. The game appeared to consist of a Risk board and generic plastic army men, but is probably meant to strongly resemble Axis and Allies. ("Walkabout")
  • A similar game was played by Locke, Sawyer, and Hurley at the Barracks. This was the 2005 "library" edition of the game with triangular blocks rather than figurines of soldiers. ("The Shape of Things to Come")
Backgammon
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  • Locke claimed Backgammon is a better game than Checkers, dating back 5,000 years. ("Pilot, Part 2") Locke was referring to the Mesopotamian Royal Game of Ur, which is also related to the Egyptian game of senet.
  • Locke explained the rules of Backgammon to Walt, mentioning that "There are two players. One side is light, and one side is dark." ("Pilot, Part 2")
  • Walt was seen beating Hurley, even though Hurley claimed he was once ranked 17th in a tournament. Hurley lost $83,000 through his Backgammon games with Walt, who doesn't know that Hurley is good for the money. ("All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues")
  • Locke and Charlie played it on the beach, to which Locke brought up Charlies heroin addiction. ("Abandoned")
  • Kate was playing it by herself. ("Left Behind")
  • Locke and Sawyer played it while Locke asked if the group still had confidence in him. ("Eggtown")
  • Even as a child, Locke liked Backgammon. ("Cabin Fever")
  • In the non-canonical novel Endangered Species, Locke finds the backgammon set with Faith.
Baseball
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Chess
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Connect Four
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Crossword puzzles
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Football
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  • Jack played American football with Tom during his time with the Others. ("Par Avion")
Golf
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Horseshoes
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I Never
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Mouse Trap
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  • Locke demonstrated the game Mouse Trap to a child before catching a glimpse of his mother. ("Deus Ex Machina")
  • A Mouse Trap game (box upside down) was seen in front of the window Kate was staring at in the barracks rec room. ("Left Behind")
  • On a Mouse Trap board, every third space contains only the number 23 (really a juxtaposition of 2&3) and every third space contains the numbers 23 and 4
Ping-Pong
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  • A ping-pong table was shown in the Swan station. ("The Long Con")
  • A ping-pong table was mentioned in a notebook read by Kate. ("Live Together, Die Alone")
  • Sawyer challenged Hurley to a match to win his stash back. Hurley wins the game. ("Enter 77")
  • A match between Sawyer and Hurley is interrupted by Nikki. ("Exposé")
  • Sawyer plays Jack after his return from the Others' camp, joking that they have to do so every 108 minutes or the island will explode. ("Catch-22")
Poker
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Football
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Minor occurrences

  • Basketball
  • Pool
  • Foosball
  • Darts
  • A dartboard is also in the Barrack's rec room when Benjamin and Sayid are being held by Locke.("The Economist") It's pattern is in Black and White.
  • There is a dartboard and darts in the Swan station which become magnetically attracted towards the electro magnetic force behind the wall of the station at the end of Series 2.

Recurring themes

The metagame

Games as a metaphor

"I like to use the baseball metaphor which is, you can go to a baseball game and if you don't know a lot about baseball, I think you can enjoy it on one level as a casual viewer and you can enjoy it on a much deeper level as a regular viewer". -- Carlton Cuse in the "Lost Survivor Guide"

  • Operation: Locke told Jack "I'm removing the driest pieces to minimize our risk transporting it. You ever play Operation?"
    Metaphor: The removal of the dynamite was compared to the tenseness of the game of Operation.
  • Mouse Trap: Locke said "One by one, you build the trap - shoe, bucket, tub - piece by piece it all comes together. And then you wait 'til your opponent lands here on the old cheese wheel. And then if you set it up just right, you spring the trap."
  • Metaphor: Locke's description of Mouse Trap mirrored the con Locke's father orchestrated to steal Locke's kidney, and in a more general sense, the ongoing con of Locke by Jacob's nemesis, giving him faith in the island in order to occupy his body and kill Jacob.
  • Metaphor: Jack's bluffing in Poker was mirrored in his successful ploy to outwit Sawyer, and in Ben's ploy to lie to Locke
  • Baseball: Christian Shephard told Sawyer "You are suffering. But, don't beat yourself up about it. It's fate. Some people are just supposed to suffer. That's why the Red Sox will never win the damn series."
    Metaphor: The futility of Sawyer trying to end his own suffering was compared with the futility of the Red Sox trying to win a World Series. (see also: Irony)

The Numbers

The games have references to the Numbers:

  • The objective of Connect Four is to get 4 discs in a row on a plane of 42 holes.
  • Backgammon consists of two sets of 15 checkers. There are 4 sets of six playable spaces. A die has six numbers on it, the same amount of Numbers there are. The doubling cube has the numbers 4, 8, 16 and 32 on it (which is 23 backwards). The most number of spaces (without being taken out of play) a piece can move if the player is not yet able to take their pieces off the board (which requires all the player's pieces to be in the last six spaces on their side is 23.
  • Each player in chess starts with 16 pieces on an 8 by 8 grid.

Black and white

Several games are depicted or described as black and white:

  • Locke specifically describes the pieces on a Backgammon board as "One side is light, and one side is dark". The playable spaces on the board also alternate with one being light and one being dark. The dice are white and the dots on them are black.
  • The pieces on a chess board are black and white.
  • The crossword puzzles are depicted as a grid of black and white squares.

Producers' commentary

I feel like we're playing a chess game. In the first six moves, we've lost our queen and two bishops, and the audience is saying 'They are the worst chess players in the world!' What they don't realize is that we're nine moves away from checkmating you. If we lose, we lose. But that's the play, and we're standing by it.

See also

  • Counter-Strike: Source map
  • The Lost Experience
  • Myst
  • Outside references to Lost - by the games: PvP Online's Lost Role Playing Game, Ctrl+Alt+Del's parody of Command & Conquer 3, The Impossible Quiz web game, the game "Desert Island" in The Office, Half-Life 2

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ST Expanded

Up to date as of February 07, 2010

The Star Trek Expanded Universe Database is for fanon and related content. See Memory-Alpha.org for the canon Star Trek wiki.

Poker is a Earth card game of chance and skill where players bet on the value of their cards relative to what they believe other players possessed. The winner is the person who held the highest ranked combination of cards or the last player left if all others have forfeited the round by folding.

There are several variations of the game. Five-card stud and five-card draw were particularly popular in social play aboard the USS Enterprise-D. The Texas hold 'em variant was played for latinum by Pergium miners in the Timor sector. (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man" et. al; USS Baldwin: "Reaction to Action")

During "counseling" sessions with Christopher Mackenzie following the USS Madrid disaster, Counselor Siram Elbry played poker with Mackenzie in Starbase 375's bar as a means of getting him to open up to her when traditional methods failed. Mackenzie later claimed that he was aware of this, but as long as Elbry kept buying the drinks, he didn't mind. The two later became close friends, and during their service aboard the USS Daedalus would both participate in a weekly poker game with some members of the senior staff. (Star Trek: Daedalus: "New Frontiers...", "Enlightenment", "Krotek Nor")

USS Baldwin captain Patrick Ingrum started a social poker night with his crew in 2377, with Texas hold 'em as Richie's game of choice. (USS Baldwin: "Reaction to Action") USS Ottawa captain Jenna Carson also played hold 'em on occasion, particularly with her friends and shipmates Sonya Fiehrer and Susan Cassoday. (USS Baldwin: "Like the Rain")

Notes

  • Texas Hold 'em was selected as the card game of choice in USS Baldwin over the draw and stud variants seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation because of the increased exposure of Hold 'em poker, and because it is common in casinos and tournament play.

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Yugioh

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Yu-Gi-Oh!

"Pokers" are monsters that is used by Yugi Muto. All of the 3 knights are LIGHT-Attributed Warrior Type monsters. so, it is a wise choice to power them up by Lightning Blade and Luminous Spark. They also are Fusion material monsters to summon Arcana Knight Joker.

There are only 4 members released in the TCG/OCG: King's Knight, Queen's Knight, Jack's Knight and a Fusion Monster, Arcana Knight Joker. There is also an anime-only card, Royal Straight Slasher.

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