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Subject: Is this game played as a gambling game in the Orient? rss

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Bob Marso
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Wondering if this game is played as a gambling game in the Orient?
If so, any suggestions on how to play this game with poker chips?


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http://www.pagat.com/climbing/bigtwo.html#scoring
 
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My first exposure to Gang of Four was while living in China. There it goes by many different names (based on reigon), and I saw it most often played by young people in coffee-shops, tea-houses, and restaurants, as well as at schools, parks, and public transportation. In five years, I never saw money change hands during the game.

Mahjong. . . now that's a different story.

If you wanted to play with poker chips, I would dole out 100 "points" of chips to each player. Instead of taking points, you would then lose points with cards. First one out of chips is the big, fat loser.
 
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Thanks Sean and Kris!


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I forgot to mention that, for the most part, this game is played in China not with Lee Yih's cards, but with two decks of regular playing cards. . .
 
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You can also use the gambling variant where instead of getting negative points for cards, players pay the points in chips to the winner. That works well.
 
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Yep, played this in Malaysia with single deck of normal playing cards. We call it "Big Two" (Chor Tai Ti) since the Two is the biggest value, equivalent of the Dragons here. Definately played for money with those having cards left in hand pay a certain amount per point (say a dollar) to the winner and double if over 10cards and triple if full hand.

There is even a Palm OS version you can download at http://www.koktong.com/bigtwo/
 
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