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Graymane Shadow

“It’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other peoples’ expectations. They produce their worst work when they do that.” - David Bowie


After an intense disagreement, the four Princesses of Equestria decide to settle their dispute over a game of poker.

Underestimating your opponents has consequences.

Featured from March 24th to March 27th, 2022, peaking at #1. Thanks, everypony!

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Was Luna divining by the stars to see if she had a good hand?

Well Done Twilight Well done indeed

You had me at the Princesses playing Poker:rainbowlaugh:.

Fun fact: I also once lost to a straight flush while holding a full house.

Ha that was awesome

I signed a decree that required Twilight to clean her own room for the first ten years of her rule.

… But why? :rainbowhuh:

In any case, lovely bit of interaction, especially Twilight playing the sisters the whole time. No matter who loses, she wins. As does everypony else, which is why she wins.


Primarily, Celestia didn't want Twilight to get too used to having a palace full of servants doing everything for her.

Also, she thought Spike deserved a break.

Could Twilight have reversed the decree? Sure, but the odds of her changing something Celestia told her to do are...remote. :trollestia:

So I guess Twilight has become quite the sneaky mare since her ascension to power.

Hmm, looks like Twilight almost got 'em.

Wait, wrong show

Hrm. I haven’t read many gambling stories.

Oh I'd loved to see everypony's expressions in this... my goodness :rainbowlaugh:.

I'm sure if one of them had listened closely enough, they might have heard a "Well played." from the almighty Fausticorn herself. (Probably followed by laughter. That's certainly what I did)

Congratulations, Twilight. You've converted a nearly unbeatable hand into a victory.

If any of you recognize this, then kudos to you, have a :moustache:

Short, sweet, and AWESOME! :rainbowlaugh:

Got a good laugh out of me, that’s for sure.

Wait, if Twilight had to go all in to match Luna's one thousand bet, and therefore could not call Celestia's fifty six hundred raise, shouldn't Tia be the one changing the sheets?

Fun story!

Lol, good job, Twilight, good job! Fun little story, this. :rainbowlaugh:

I even hear it in her voice.

But where is Marble? :pinkiegasp:


Oop, took a while for me to notice this story. Nice for it to see the light of day.

Also, I do like you did with the ending there. Was it always intended for the reader to figure out both of them could still go to the Gala, or was that a recent addition?


That and a few other things were added when I came across this draft and decided to polish it up a little for submission, since my longer projects are taking longer to finish than I’d intended.

Finally calming enough to resume walking, Twilight wiped away a few tears before saying, "How...how long do you think it'll be before they realize I didn't actually say they couldn't attend the Gala?"

Okay. I have tried, but I don't get it. Maybe I'm just having a stupid week. Celestia and Luna changing Twilight's sheets weekly is all I got.

I can't fold a fitted sheet to save my life

The original bet that started the game was that the loser HAD to go to the Gala, which the Sisters didn't want to do.

Now, since the both of you lost, that means you have to go to the Gala

Twilight's alteration of the bet let them out of HAVING to go if they didn't want to,

I’ll let you both out of going to the Gala

then she gave them reasons to perhaps want to go, Pinkie catering and Vinyl DJ'ing.

Agreeing to change her sheets let them out of having to go, but they could still go if they wanted, and that wouldn't get them out of changing the sheets. Celestia just misinterpreted what Twilight was saying.

Hard to say, we're never actually told how much of the 5600 chip bet Luna could have covered, her 1000 bet just says "a mountain" not "her whole mountain" so we don't know who would have had chips left after that bet. My guess is they were playing with some form of "all-in means all-in" rule, where when someone goes all in, the winner of the hand wins all the chips in the pot, regardless of how much they actually bet. Based on Luna also being out of chips, I think the regular result would have been Luna having to go to the Gala and change Tia's sheets, with Twilight having all Luna's chips, and a quarter of Tia's.

Thanks. They're changing Twilight's sheets no matter what. As it should be.

Good story

I still don't know what the suits of the cards are. Like, like ours, or do they use something different?

Do the Kings and Queens all look like Sombra and Chrysalis?

Bridge HAS to be hella confusing in Equestria...

You would have gone a step too far if it was a Royal Flush. Straight flushes are fine...

I loved this, love the sneaky playful atmosphere between all of them. They really underestimated Twilight, and paid dearly for it.

And that’s like 300!

Typical Twilight.
She's comfortable messing with the Sisters like this, but still adheres to an old decree she could easily overrule between two sips of tea ^^
Good stuff.

I don't know. With how she's acting, it feels like Twilight is much more confident in herself now. Just look at how she changed the Gala and is flat-out screwing with Celestia and Luna, with no reservations.

Twilight might enjoy doing the chores, and keeps the decree in place since it is time-sensitive, and a part of her still can't fully go against something Celestia told her. Even though she is well within her power to void it.

A random ramble though. So what do I know?

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