Poker Superheroes

Why the Avengers will make the perfect poker players

Marvel made its biggest gamble when it released The Avengers movie—and the gamble paid off. Not all comic franchises are successful when they get to the silver screen, like Daredevil and The Green Hornet. The 2012 hit movie had gross earnings of over 1.5 billion dollars according to, and earned $6.7 million dollars in its opening night in Germany. If you’ve been living in a box and you’re still unaware of the movie plot, the film is about a team of superheroes assembled by Nick Fury in order to save the planet against the annihilation plot of Loki and his legion of bad guys. These superhumans are composed of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).



A lot of fan fiction has sprung up after the movie’s success, and the most popular is centered on the universal card game poker. Marvel enthusiasts who are at the same time illustrators made up stories about poker nights involving the Avengers. They make a pretty decent storyline if examined carefully. They’re quite limited to weekend poker sessions for now, but pretty soon they’ll be hitting the big leagues. After all, if they can save the world, they can definitely dominate‘s World Poker Tour. They can use their powers and uncanny abilities to outwit their opponents (and each other) at a poker match. Here are the reasons why the Avengers are the perfect poker players:

Tony Stark is the best inventor yet, so with his genius he can create a device to measure his opponent’s moves to check if they’re bluffing or not. He’s focused and driven, a quality shared by German poker champion Pius Heinz. Should he channel all his analytical skills in a poker game, he’ll surely emerge victorious.

Charm is probably his best asset, and if charisma can earn one a seat at the World Series of Poker then he’s your best bet. His good looks will draw the ladies like bees to honey, and will increase the statistics of casino-goers in busy cities like Berlin. He has a presence strong enough to intimidate opponents at a poker table, which can make them sweat and eventually fold.

Maybe he has anger management issues, but if you’re dealing with his alter ego then there won’t be any need to fear. Dr. Banner is a methodical man, and this means that his moves in a poker game are quite calculated. Strategists like him make it big, even ending up in national competitions such as the German Poker Tour.

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