According to multiple new reports, Lori Loughlin has been playing a figurative game of poker with the district attorney's office over the past few weeks.
And while the actress thought prosecutors were only holding a pair of 2s, it turned out that they've basically been holding... yes, you guessed it:
A full house.
Tremndous puns and segues aside, Loughlin appears to now be in dire trouble with the law because she previously didn't believe she was in any real trouble at all.
Yes, the veteran star was indicted back on March 12 along with dozens of other defendents, accused at the time of bribing officials at the University of Southern California with $500,000 in order to get her two daughters into this university.
The scheme involved dressing up her two kids in fake high school crew team uniforms in order to pretend they were athletic recruits and, thereby, get their admission standards lowered.
The scam worked; the teenagers were accepted into USC; and then it all came crashing down a month ago.
Despite the seriousness of the charges against her, however, Loughlin allegedly didn't think she'd ever see any jail time.
Which makes sense, right?
She's rich and privileged and these traits are how she ended up in this mess to begin with.
Due to her ignorant and entitled attitude, Loughlin did NOT align herself with fellow actress Felicity Huffman.
She did not plead guilty a couple days ago and accept a plea bargain that will most likely lead to a sentencing of a few months in prison... at most.
About 24 hours later, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were charged in a second superseding indictment on conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering.
As such, the couple now faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, two decades a piece for each charge.
Sh-t is very much getting real now for Loughlin -- and it's finally sinking in, insiders confirm.
"Lori still believed in the end she would just get a slap on the wrist," a source tells Entertainment Tonight. "At this point she is getting complete clarity and she’s scared and in terrible shape."
Another informant echoes this sentiment, explaining to E! News of Loughlin:
"She has been in complete denial and thought maybe she could skate by. She refused to accept any jail time and thought the DA was bluffing. She was adamant she wouldn't do any jail time."
Loughlin and her oldest daughter, Olivia Jade, are pictured here:
"The reality of this situation has finally hit her like a ton of bricks," the ET source adds. "It wasn’t until she was faced with [the] additional [charge] that she saw the true ramifications."
It's been rumored from the start that prosecutors were intent on making an example out of Loughlin and her co-defendents.
But while this message was apparently made clear to Huffman and the others who agreed to a plea deal this week, Loughlin's ears were deaf to the situation.
Huffman apologized profusely for her role in this nationwide scandal, releasing the following statement:
Can we ever expect the same from Loughlin?
It appears far too late at this point.
"Lori is finally realizing just how serious this is," says the ET mole, noting the former child model is beating herself up for not accepting the initial deal and concluding:
"She is seeing the light that she will do jail time and is freaking out."