Gambling - How did you lose your money!

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Tonight I was at a book launch which had some interesting entertainment. The book starts off as the end of WW1 approaches. I won't go in to it as I will put up a review in due course, the book is The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing.

Apart from songs of the era, the organisers had set up a game of Crown & Anchor. Now I have heard of this but never seen it before tonight so had to have a go. They handed out tokens to use and covered your token with a bit of chocolate or other sweetie. It was fun but very quickly becomes obvious that the bank holds all the cards (or dice). Still it is a good way to have a quick bet and I am glad I have had a go.

Now back in the Bn in the 1970s the game to lose money to was 3 Card Brag. There was nearly always a game running somewhere if that was your thing - and lots of DMs passed over the table.

Two other popular games involving wagers of various levels were dominoes, very popular with guys from mining villages, and cribbage at 1d a point (or 1 pfg) soon mounted up!

So over to you what was the popular gamble in your unit?
 
Hunt the cnut.

On my T1, every break we'd get the cards out and play for points. First to 200 or something put a fiver in the kitty for our end of course piss up. My mate and I got so good at it, we would know from the first card laid the other's strategy and relative strength of hand. Over the year, I think we probably paid a tenner each, and got utterly wankered at the piss up.

Oddly, I haven't played it since.
 

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Tonight I was at a book launch which had some interesting entertainment. The book starts off as the end of WW1 approaches. I won't go in to it as I will put up a review in due course, the book is The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing.

Apart from songs of the era, the organisers had set up a game of Crown & Anchor. Now I have heard of this but never seen it before tonight so had to have a go. They handed out tokens to use and covered your token with a bit of chocolate or other sweetie. It was fun but very quickly becomes obvious that the bank holds all the cards (or dice). Still it is a good way to have a quick bet and I am glad I have had a go.

Now back in the Bn in the 1970s the game to lose money to was 3 Card Brag. There was nearly always a game running somewhere if that was your thing - and lots of DMs passed over the table.

Two other popular games involving wagers of various levels were dominoes, very popular with guys from mining villages, and cribbage at 1d a point (or 1 pfg) soon mounted up!

So over to you what was the popular gamble in your unit?
Not in a unit but 3 card brag was huge in one nick, in fact the Insp was so keen and involved in the card school, he banned one pc from taking the same refs break as him as he was shit at tne game.
 
Pontoon. or failing that, 3 card brag.
I used to make more from cards than I received from the government.
 

triggerigger

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Think it was called clag involved two packs of cards blind noms and other stuff. Nomination whist or something. Played in the back of a land-rover Acrotiri salt lake many years and brain Cells ago. Not much betting though. 4 to six players.
 
I misread the title of the book, and was going to tell you about the time I "gambled and lost"...


Yes, I know there's a thread for it!
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Cribbage, 10 cents per point. After getting skunked about 3 times in a row and having to pay a double penalty, I stopped playing for money and just play for fun nowadays.
 
Beer Pong, or Texas Hold’em.

Ten bucks per team for winning a game of Pong or 20 bucks for the buy in at the table.
 
When completely ratarrsed then Idiot's Brag was a good end to the evening.

One card dealt face down to each player, wet the back of the card and stick it on your forehead without seeing the card.

The results were, unsurprisingly, quite random, with 2 of a suit beating wimps with aces dipping out on the bidding.
 
Crown and Anchor goes back to the early 1800's in the UK, when it was a game known as "Sweat Cloth," which just used three dice and their numbers instead of the iconic symbols. In the US this became Chuck-a-luck, known for its distinctive "birdcage," containing the three dice. It is apparently still a popular side game in legal casinos there to this day, although it doesn't get as much action as it once did.

Its appeal for the hard of thinking was and is the operator's oft-repeated cry of, "Three winners and three losers, can't say fairer than that, can I?" That would be correct if only it were true, which it isn't; if you list all the ways the three dice can fall, then multiply that by the six units bet on a full board, you'll find the operator makes a profit of 102 units for every 1296 units bet.

That's a House Percentage of 7.8%, if the dice are fair. John Scarne and others have revealed a crooked birdcage was a popular item sold by certain mail order houses; this, using a built in electromagnet and so-called "magnetic dice," allowed the operator to increase the chance of doublets or triplets being thrown, thereby increasing his profit.

Gambling wasn't tolerated in the Australian Army, although it was "winked at," on paydays, Regimental Days such as Long Tan Day for 6RAR (18th August) and Melbourne Cup Day, (the first Tuesday in November). Card games were popular though, 500 being a favourite. If you know 500 you'll know there is a "Lay down Misere," rule whereby you just lay down your hand showing you will lose every trick.

ORs often wouldn't play that, they'd sneeringly say, if anyone asked, "We work for a living, and we'll have no 'Gentleman's Hand,' in our game!" On occasions when gambling was winked at, Blackjack was popular, as was a murderous game called 'Guts,' where two cards were dealt, face up, with the bettor wagering the next card would fall in between them, he being entitled to bet up to the entire pool if he wished, or some minimum bet.
 
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5 card Nap, we could play for hours, I actually found that over the course of say a month winning and losses fairly evened out
 
Liar dice. Played regularly with a bunch of Belgians and came out about square. First man out bought the next round so playing safe got me lots of free beer until I got a bit pissed and monged it, ending up buying rounds.
 

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3 card brag. But only if Uncle Tom's Cabin was dead. I'd return to camp on the motorbike sober, find a drunken game of 3 card brag in the NAAFI, make a killing. I also recall that I'd never keep all my money on the table. Win a hand, scoop notes off and under my bollix.

Funny my notes were always crumpled and didn't bear a good sniff.
 

BratMedic

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Liar dice, I once got a fat lip for boasting about how much I'd won.
 
Tonight I was at a book launch which had some interesting entertainment. The book starts off as the end of WW1 approaches. I won't go in to it as I will put up a review in due course, the book is The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing.

Apart from songs of the era, the organisers had set up a game of Crown & Anchor. Now I have heard of this but never seen it before tonight so had to have a go. They handed out tokens to use and covered your token with a bit of chocolate or other sweetie. It was fun but very quickly becomes obvious that the bank holds all the cards (or dice). Still it is a good way to have a quick bet and I am glad I have had a go.

Now back in the Bn in the 1970s the game to lose money to was 3 Card Brag. There was nearly always a game running somewhere if that was your thing - and lots of DMs passed over the table.

Two other popular games involving wagers of various levels were dominoes, very popular with guys from mining villages, and cribbage at 1d a point (or 1 pfg) soon mounted up!

So over to you what was the popular gamble in your unit?
Christ if ever end up nearly going to a book launch I will take up Heroin.
 

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