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November 5th, 2012 at 1:25:44 AM permalink
I was wondering about a game apparently popular in the nineteenth century, called "monte," basically faro/basset with suit rather than rank.

All I could find was the description of two versions in Wikipedia, a "Spanish" version, also described here, which seems blatantly countable unless the dealer were to flat-bet the whole table, and a "Mexican" version, which seems so obviously unfair (basically guessing the suit at 1:1) I can't imagine anyone playing it. Wikipedia mentions that in the former, the cards would be collected and shuffled every fifth hand (each hand is five cards and a burn), but even so, that seems more than enough.
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