It’s Not Gambling If You Know You’re Going to Win!
Comic book fans have been treated to a smorgasbord of action-packed entertainment from Hollywood in recent years. Batman, Superman, Iron Man, The Fantastic 4, The X-Men, The Avengers, and Wonder Woman are a small sampling of superheroes that have graced the big screen. True comic book aficionados are intimately familiar with the characteristics of their favourite heroes and villains.
Villains Love Raising the Stakes
One trait that never escapes our attention is their high-stakes gambling habit. There’s something inexplicably enticing, riveting and thrilling about the Joker putting everything on the line. He’s crazy enough to stake the safety of Gotham on the first card he pulls out of his deck. But we all know it’s rigged to favour the psychopathic nemesis of Gotham’s Caped Crusader. Gambling lends additional suspense and intrigue to the storyline, ramping up the action. The Joker is not a gambler by profession, or design, but his scarred face resembles the Joker playing card, and he adopted it as his calling card.
It’s not only the maniacal Joker who is prone to gambling. It’s Two-Face as well. Harvey Dent, (a.k.a. Two-Face) is a big bettor. He’s also a sure bet, since he always wins when he flips a coin. These villains are larger than life, yet chillingly frightening in their blatant disregard for societal norms and standards. Over the years, comic book creators have infused their stories with heroes and villains who enjoy high-stakes gambling contests as part of their daily regimen.
Whether it’s Marvel Comics or DC Comics, you’re going to find a high-profile character with a penchant for high-stakes action. It’s not only villains who go all in, it’s heroes too. Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man is probably the most ostentatious gambler of them all. He has graced the Craps tables of the most illustrious casinos in the world, and is not averse to throwing down big bucks to keep the Stark name in the limelight. Of course, it goes with the territory when you’re a Playboy billionaire, and you’re laying down chump change at the tables.
Batman & Gambit on Deck
Strangely enough, it’s not only Tony Stark (Iron Man) who likes to place an occasional wager, it’s the reclusive billionaire, Bruce Wayne (Batman) too. Most comic book fans don’t associate the Caped Crusader with gambling, but when it comes to games of chance, he’s game. Consider his contemporaries in Two-Face and the Joker, and you’ll know why gambling is second nature to Bruce Wayne. He may not be as reckless as Tony Stark, but he certainly is well-versed in the strategy-based games like Blackjack, Baccarat and Craps.
Soon, Marvel’s Gambit movie will be hitting the big screens. This Hollywood flick is slated to be a blockbuster of epic proportions. For those who don’t know him, Remy LeBeau (Gambit) is the quintessential gambler. He grew up an orphan on the streets of Paris, was taken in by a wealthy man and his family, and fine-tuned his gambling skills to perfection. Today, Gambit can throw cards with explosive kinetic energy, making them projectiles capable of slicing through a metric ton of steel. He can levitate cards from a deck, and energize them with incredible force. Once again, it’s not gambling when you know you’re going to win, and Gambit is a sure bet with a deck of cards.
Introducing the Bile Spewing Penguin…Oswald Cobblepot!
Over the years, we have been introduced to several other notable gamblers in the form of Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. The Penguin. A vile and hideous man, Cobblepot runs a seedy casino establishment known as The Iceberg Casino. There you will find all of Gotham’s low lives in abundance. Not that the Penguin needs the money he generates from his casino, but why forsake a good thing? When you’re as nefarious as the Penguin, and you’ve got the city in your pocket, gambling is hardly a chance-based activity when the system is rigged.
Switching from DC Comics back to Marvel Comics, Nicholas Powell is worthy of mention. He is a hired gun, and a master gambler. His nemesis is the boy wonder Spider-Man. The first appeared on the scene in Marvel Comics’ Web of Spider-Man, and he is a notable gambler. As his eponymous name suggests, he leaves nothing to Chance. Every job that he takes on is offered for free to his clients if they win the bet. Once again, it’s never a gamble if you know you’re going to win and with Chance, you’re always going to lose.
Take a Tip from Your Heroes: Play Responsibly
There is a lesser known super villain known as Roulette in DC Comics. By day she goes by Veronica Sinclair, but everyone who knows her at the casino simply calls her Roulette. This is an exciting game of chance, and given the risks she’s willing to take, she is a heavy gambler. But the casino where she works is a fight pit where captured superheroes must compete with one another while the villains wager big bets on them. A slow and painful death typically awaits the heroes with things like viruses, torture and electrocution being meted out. Not a pretty picture at all. This super villain is adept at calculating gambling odds and payout percentages. She was responsible for capturing most of the heroes from the Justice Society. For the rest of us who don’t save cities from certain ruin, or risk the health and well-being of others – we can always enjoy responsible gambling at regulated casinos!