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80                             QUINZE.
N.B. The ace of diamonds turned up takes the whole pool, but when in hand ranks only as any other ace, and if not turned up, nor any ace in hand, then the king, or next superior card, wins the chance styled best.
The game is generally played with counters, and the dealer stakes what he pleases on each or any chance, the other players depositing each the same quantity, except one; that is, when the dealer stakes twelve, the rest of the company lay down eleven each. After this, two cards are dealt round to every one, beginning on the left, then to each one other card turned up, and he who so happens to get the ace of diamonds sweeps all ; should it not be turned up, then each player shows his hand, and should any person have ma­trimony, intrigue, &c, he takes the counters on that point: when two or more happen to have a similar combination, the eldest hand has the pre­ference, and should any chance not be gained, it stands over to the next deal.
This is a French game, usually played by two persons only, admired for its simplicity and fair­ness, depending entirely upon chance, being soon decided, and not requiring the attention of most other games on the cards, and therefore calculated for those who love to sport upon an equal hazard.
It is called quinze from fifteen being the game, made in the following manner:—First, the cards must be shuffled by the players, and when they have cut for deal, which belongs to him who cuts the lowest, they may be shuffled again, the dealer
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