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A game of cards, a boxing match, a horse race: you just can’t
say no to placing a bet, especially when the stakes are high.
Sometimes you beat the house; sometimes the house beats
you. But you always come back for more. Perhaps you left
the gambling scene after a big score, never to look back. Or
perhaps you busted big time and all that you have left is the
shirt on your back. Either way, something always seems to pull
you back in whenever there’s some action to be had.
Skill Proficiencies: Deception, Persuasion
Tool Proficiencies: All gaming sets, one musical instrument of
your choice
Equipment: A set of your favored game of chance, a ledger
of all your bets for the past year, common clothes, and a belt
pouch containing 10 gp
Place Your Bets
All gamblers have a favorite opportunity for placing a bet,
and you are no exception. While you will bet on anything and
everything, you gravitate to one outlet more than the others.
Choose one or roll on the table below to define your preferred
gambling opportunity.

d8 Betting Outlet
1 Card games 5 Boxing
2 Dice games 6 Cockfighting
3 Roulette 7 Drinking
4 Horse racing 8 Dog racing
Feature: Play the Odds
Your history of gambling has given you an uncanny awareness
of knowing when to play the odds. Before knowing the outcome,
you may reroll an ability check but must use the result of
the second roll. You cannot use this feature again until you
complete a long rest.

Suggested Characteristics
Gamblers have a penchant for taking risks, calculated or
otherwise. Some see gambling as a science and use math and
analysis to make their choices. Others just let their instincts
decide. No matter what, gamblers tend to be their own worst
enemies.

d8 Personality Trait
1 My nickname is “All In.”
2 I’ll do whatever I can to make sure the odds are in my
favor.
3 Everything in life can be turned into a bet of some sort.
4 I have small stashes of money hidden all over.
5 It’s not cheating unless you get caught.
6 I always know exactly how much money I have, down to
the last copper.
7 One time I started with a pair of coppers and ended the
night with all the money at the table. You might call it
luck; I call it skill.
8 I’ve had a few close calls after winning big pots, so I
practice wariness and caution.

d6 Ideal
1 Exhilaration. I live for the high of taking risks. (Neutral)
2 Honor. At the end of the night, I always settle up. (Lawful)
3 Justice. The deck is stacked against some people, and I
aim to help them out. (Good)
4 Fraud. Weighted dice, a suddenly lame horse, a bribed
boxer: these things simply assure my investments. (Evil)
5 Diligence. I only place bets when my research tells me
they’re as close to a sure thing as possible. (Neutral)
6 Chance. The top of the deck is unknown, as are the events
of tomorrow, so I will just go with the flow. (Chaotic)

d6 Bond
1 My loved one is in debtor’s prison because of me, and I
am determined to pay off those debts.
2 My former business partners bilked me out of my half of
our casino, and I plan to show them my displeasure.
3 I won my horse in a bet, and she/he is my most prized
possession.
4 My father gave me his dice when he died, and I always
think of him when I roll them.
5 I lost it all in a card game, and I still carry around the final
card I was dealt as a reminder of my foolishness.
6 There’s a big score out there with my name on it, and I
will chase it until my dying day.

d6 Flaw
1 I let my emotions rule my decisions, especially when my
luck is running bad.
2 I have a tendency to throw good money after bad.
3 I will not acknowledge that I have an addiction to
gambling.
4 I blame my failures on everything but my own
shortcomings.
5 Whenever I calculate odds, I tip them in my favor even
when there is no reason to do so.
6 When I have money in my pocket, I spend it as soon as I
can.
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