answerer then takes both the money put down and the second stake; should the first bragger go on, he says Again, and ventures another sum, whether similar to that laid down by the opponent or not, is of no consequence, provided it is not smaller ; and if the other should reply in like manner Again, the parties continue betting, each putting a sum not less than that last ventured by his adversary, till one or other of them, frightened, gives up the contest, by which the player holding out longest, gains all the money wagered, including the second stake ; or either party may lay down a stake, saying, " Let me see you;" or, " III see it;" in which case both the hands are to be shown, and the strongest wins. When more than one person wishes to answer the first bragger, the eldest has the preference.
The third stake is obtained by the eldest player, who may hold, either from the cards dealt, or obtain by drawing in addition from the stock, thirty-one, or the highest number under that; each ace, king, queen, and knave being calculated as ten, and the rest according to their pips ; any one drawing above thirty-one loses of course.
The player who is so fortunate as to gain all the three stakes in one deal, is, strictly speaking, entitled to three more from each of his antagonists, though in some companies this is declined, as savouring too much of gambling.
Brag is at present much patronized at the Oriental Club, in Hanover Square, but the game played is similar to what we have described.