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ROUGE ET NOIR.
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This game, which is comparatively of modern origin, is sometimes called trente et quarante, but more generally Rouge et Noir, from the colours marked on the tapis or green cloth with which the table is covered. The march of the game is as follows:—
The first parcel of cards played is usually for Noir, the second for Rouge, though sometimes the cards are cut to determine which shall begin. Any number of persons may play, and risk their money on the colour they please, placing the stakes in the outer semicircle; but after the first card is turned up, no money can be staked for that coup.
The dealer and the croupier being seated oppo­site to each other, the former takes six packs of card, shuffles and distributes them in various parcels to the different players to shuffle and mix. He then finally shuffles them, and removes the end cards into various parts of the three hundred and twelve cards, until he meets with a court card, which he must place upright at the end. This done, he presents the pack to the punters to cut, who place the court card where the dealer separates the pack, and that part of the pack beyond the court card, he places at the end nearest to him, leaving the court card at the bottom of the pack.
The dealer then takes a quantity of cards, about as many as a pack, and looking at the first card to ascertain its colour, places it on the table face downwards, and takes two cards, one red, the other black, and sets them back to back ; these are turned and placed conspicuously as often as the colour varies in each event. All the terms used at this game are French : thus the punters having staked their money, the dealer says,— " Votre jeu est il fait ?" Is your game made ?
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