Yeah, he did have a lot at stake there, so I guess that sort of makes up for it. Still doesn't change the fact that he's a douchebag character though.
Duelist Kingdom arc:
"Yugi just beat the guy that I absolutely guaranteed he couldn't beat, that I swore only I could beat, yet I got easily defeated. By defeating Pegasus he also saved me and my brother from being imprisioned in a card.
Noah's Virtual World arc:
"Yugi just beat the guy that I couldn't beat, again. By doing so he saved me and my brother from being imprisoned in a virtual world in a stone statue, kinda like what happened in the Duelist Kingdom arc. Noah also sacrificed himself so I and my brother could escape the virtual world.
Whatever, Noah was a faggot anyway."