the cards/odds are stacked in favour of somebody/something

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the cards are stacked in favor of (someone or something)

Someone or something is very likely to be successful due to some existing circumstances, conditions, or obstacles that will aid or benefit someone or something. The cards were stacked in favor of the film—an all-star cast, a huge budget, and a great marketing campaign—but it turned out to be one of the biggest flops in the history of the industry. Everyone knows the cards are stacked in favor of those who already have business connections through their friends or family.
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the cards/odds are stacked in ˈfavour of somebody/something

(British English) (American English the cards/odds are stacked in ˈfavor of somebody/something) it is likely that somebody/something will succeed because the conditions are good or because somebody/something has an advantage: The odds are heavily stacked in favour of Manchester United, who are having a very successful season and who will be playing in front of the home crowd.
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"The odds are stacked in favour of additional activities including powerboat racing to keep the tourists keenly involved, and this can only work in favour of our sport," San Germano related.
It claims to be a Malaysian party but when it comes to the time to elect their office-bearers, you will notice the odds are stacked in favour of the Chinese members.
A late equaliser from the boot of Seb Hamilton, who seconds later was sent off for a second bookable offence, earned Valley a second bite of the cherry but the odds are stacked in favour of The Royals after they had looked the better outfit for most of Saturday's initial encounter.
"The decent, hard-working majority feel the odds are stacked in favour of a minority, who will talk about their rights but never accept their responsibilities," said Mr Brown.
What I found frightening is that the odds are stacked in favour of the criminal who has a 61.9% chance of getting away with it.
Although the odds are stacked in favour of the batsmen, I've got a feeling that the openers may struggle in this tournament.
At the minute the odds are stacked in favour of investors who can afford to up the ante in the race for house buying forcing ordinary folk out of the market.
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