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Any number of persons may play. The person who takes the box and dice throws a main, that is to say, a chance for the company, which must be above four, and not exceed nine, otherwise it is no main, consequently he must keep throwing till he brings five, six, seven, eight, or nine; this done, he must throw his own chance, which may be any above three, and not exceeding ten, if he throw two aces or trois-ace (commonly called crabs) he loses his stakes, let the company's chance, called the main, be what it will. If the main should be seven, and seven or eleven be thrown immediately after, it is what is called a nick, and the caster (the present player) wins out his stakes ; also if eight be the main, and eight or twelve thrown immediately after, it is also called a nick, and the caster wins his stakes. The caster throwing any other number for the main, such as is admitted, and bringing the same number di­rectly afterwards, that is likewise termed a nick, and he then also wins whatever stakes he has made.
Every three successive mains the caster wins, he is to pay half-a-guinea to the box or furnisher of the dice.
The meaning of a stake or bet at this game differs somewhat from the other. If a person choose to lay a sum of money with the thrower or caster, he must put his cash upon the table, within a circle which is described for that pur­pose ; when he has done this, if the caster agree
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