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THE GAMBLING GAMES OF THE CHINESE IN AMERICA. ORIGIN OF THE GAMES

 

 

There are no traditions concerning, the origin of the game of fán t’án current among the Chinese in America.11 Similar games are found among many primitive peoples, and it may have been handed down among the Chinese from an early time. Pák kòp piú is said by the Chinese here to have been invented by a governor who had used money belonging to the State for his private purposes, and who succeeded, by means of the lottery, which he established, in not only restoring the money he had embezzled, but in acquiring great riches.

The following story, translated from the Chinese by the Rev. Mr. Lobscheid, of Hong Kong, purports to be an historical account of the origin of this game, the name which he renders as “The Game of the White Dove:”

 

This Ingatbola88 game is an old establishment, and was first introduced by Chéung léung of the great Han Dynasty. When the city was hard pressed, and provisions were beginning to fail, they (the besieged) were anxious to increase the contributions, and to exhort the people to subscribe more for the army, but were unable to do so. Hence they established a game of chance (to guess characters), by which they hoped to tempt the people to hazard their property. In order to fix a method of losing or gaining at hazard, they chose 120 characters for the whole game and eight characters for one subdivision. If the people lost one (whole) subdivision they lost three lí of property; if they gained one division they were rewarded with ten taels. These regulations being once established, who would not sacrifice a little in order to gain much? The two games in the morning and evening were attended by men and women who tried their luck by guessing. They had only opened the game (Page 13) for about ten days, when they had accumulated more than 1000 pieces of silver; and after a few more decades their wealth was boundless. The money thus gained was considered a contribution to the army for the reduction of the empire….…