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of separating the cards punted on from the others. Money is placed either loose in a well, or done up in rouleaus. The tailleur is to deal, while the croupier pays and receives, guards against errors, and shuffles another pack of cards.
The game may be played by any number of persons, each punter being furnished with a livret, from which having chosen a card or cards, and placed the same on the table, just within the line, he puts the stake either thereon, or upon other cards placed face downwards at the head of those betted on. The stakes are answered by the banker, who usually limits the sums according to his capital; and at public tables has generally two or more croupiers. Then the dealer, having previously counted and shuffled the cards, and had them cut by a punter, should hold the pack tight in his hand, and show the bottom card as a cau­tion to avoid punting on it near the conclusion of the game ; and to prevent mistakes, a similar card, with the corners cut off, is usually laid in the middle of the table. He next says play, and pro­ceeds to deal slowly, first to the right, and then to the left, mentioning every card as he goes on, and stopping between each two cards, while the croup settles the event.
When a punter gains, he may either take his money or paroli; should he win a second time he may play sept and le va ; should he again prove successful, he can paroli for quinze and le va; afterwards for trente and le va; and, finally soixante and ie va, which is the highest chance in the game. Should the punter not like to venture so boldly, he may make a paix or point: after­wards a double or treble paix, &c. or a single, double, or treble paix-paroli. When doublets are dealt, the punter may either pay or make a pli.
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