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among the winners at the ensuing deal, according to the tricks which may then be made. For in­stance, if every one at dealing should stake half-a-crown, the tricks are entitled to sixpence apiece, and whoever is looed must put down half-a-crown, exclusive of the deal: sometimes it is settled that each person looed shall pay a sum equal to what happens to be on the table at the time. Five cards of a suit, or four with Pam, compose a flush, which sweeps the board, and yields only to a superior flush, or an equal one in the elder hand. When the ace of trumps is led, it is usual to say " Pam be civil," the holder of Pam is then expected to let the ace pass.
When Loo is played with three cards, they are dealt by one at a time, Pam is omitted, and the cards are not exchanged, nor permitted to be thrown up.
In different companies these games are fre­quently played with a few trifling variations from the manner here stated.
For this game, which may be played by an unlimited number of persons, boxes containing 100 counters are required ; 14 fishes, every one reckoned as ten counters ; 12 contracts, valued at ten fish a piece; a pack of 24 very large cards, with fifteen different numbers marked on each, and in a bag 90 knobs or balls, numbered from one to ninety ; besides a board with ten cavities cut therein, for the purpose of placing the knobs as drawn. These are sold at the Tunbridge ware or turners' shops ; fresh covers for the cards may
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