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or, " Votre jeu est il pret ?" Is your game ready? He then commences dealing, placing the first card with its face upwards, saying " Noir," and con≠tinues dealing until the cards turned exceed thirty points, which he announces as irente et tin, or whatever it may be.
Another parcel is then dealt for Rouge in a si≠milar manner, and the punters win who had staked on that colour the points for which were thirty-one, or the nearest to it, which the dealer declares by saying, " Rouge gagne," or " rouge perde." These two parcels constitute what is called a coup. When the same number is dealt for each, the dealer says, " Apres," which forms a refait, or doublet, by which neither party wins.
Hitherto it must be obvious, that the chances between the banker and the player are equal; but when the banker, having turned up thirty-one for Noir, deals the same number of points (31) for Rouge, he is intitled to half the amount of every stake on either colour.*
As the principle of this game requires that the number of points dealt for Noir or Rouge should, at least, amount to 31, a little reflection suggests to us, that the doctrine whereby the numerical value of the cards is determinable, precludes the
* The banker seldom takes the money, but removes it into the middle line on which colour the punters please; this is called la premiere prison. If they win the next coup, they win the whole; but in the event of a second doublet of trente et un, it is removed into the third line, or la seconde prison; the dealer has now won three-fourths of the money, and the next coup de≠termines whether the player loses all his stake, or whether it is to be removed again into la premiere prison. The amount of the stakes is generally limited; but it may be exceeded by an agreement to that effect between the punter and the banker, in which case he announces his intention thusó" Je vais a la banque."
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