Bầu cua tôm cá

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A playing mat for Bầu cua tôm cá

Bầu cua tôm cá (lit.'gourd crab shrimp fish') is a Vietnamese gambling game using three dice.[1][2] The game is often played at Tết (Vietnamese New Year).

Instead of showing one to six pips, the sides of the dice have pictures of a fish, a prawn, a crab, a rooster, a calabash gourd, and a stag. Players place wagers on a board that has the six pictures, betting on which pictures will appear. If one die corresponds with a bet, the bettor receives the same amount as their bet. If two dice correspond with a bet, the bettor receives two times their money. If three dice correspond with a bet, the bettor receives three times their money. For instance, if one were to place $3 on fish, and the dealer rolls 1 fish, 1 crab and 1 stag, then the bettor would receive $3 while keeping the $3 they had bet. Any money not rewarded for the round is kept in a central pool managed by the dealer, who rolls the dice.

Bầu cua tôm cá is essentially the Vietnamese variation of Hoo Hey How (Fish-Prawn-Crab) played in China, the dice game Crown and Anchor played by British sailors, or chuck-a-luck played in America.


  1. ^ Robert B. Jones, Sanh Thông Huỳnh - Introduction to spoken Vietnamese 1957 "play Squash-crab-fish-tiger. lớn chơi bầu cua cá cọp. "
  2. ^ Toan Ánh - Nếp cũ hội hè đình đám Volume 1 1991 "Ngoài thú xem hát ra, trẻ em còn giải trí bằng lối đánh bầu cua cá cọp (môn cờ bạc này đến nay vẫn còn thịnh hành). Người lớn có máu đỏ đen thì tha hồ mà cờ bạc làm cho bao nhiêu người phải mang nợ đến đổi phải vong gia thất thổ."


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